Published DateGILFORD — Lemuel Thomas Mercer, 87, of 60 Timber Lane, Gilford, NH, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 due to age related health issues.
Lem was born in Framingham, Massachusetts on January 13, 1926, the son of Arthur and Margaret (Towle) Mercer.
He was predeceased by the number one love in his life, his wife, Gwendolyn (Norton) Mercer. High school sweethearts, they were married shortly after World War II. Their 63 year marriage lasted up to the death of Gwendolyn in 2006.
After attending Hampton Academy High School in Hampton, NH, Lem enlisted in the Navy in 1943, serving valiantly in the South Pacific on PT boat 492, receiving a World War II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon two stars and Philippine Liberation Ribbon two stars.
Upon returning home after the war he married, attended Northeastern University, had four children and worked at John Hancock Life Insurance, where he worked his way up to field vice president, retiring in the 1980s after 43 years. During this time, he and his family moved frequently as he advanced with John Hancock, living in Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, California and New Hampshire.
Lem was foremost, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His family was always front and center in his life. He is survived by son Scott Mercer and his wife Theresa, daughter Suzanne Bayham and her husband Bill, and son Brian Mercer and his wife Debby. In addition are six grandchildren; Zoe Smith and husband Josh, Jacob Bayham, Benjamin Hughes and wife Jamie, Ryan Hughes, Tyler Mercer, Carter Mercer, Shannon Mercer and Sam Mercer.; and two great-grandchildren Quinn and Macy Smith. He is also survived by his brother Lester Mercer and sister Madeline Ouellette. He was predeceased by his wife Gwendolyn and his daughter Janice Hughes and her husband Michael, four sisters and one brother.
There will be no calling hours or service. Family gatherings to celebrate the lives of both Lem and his wife Gwen will take place this summer at their long time summer lake house in Maine and off the New Hampshire coast.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lem and Gwen's names can be made to the Allied Whale Research, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 or to any favorite charity.