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Merrill Sandler

May 24, 1928 October 24, 2018
Merrill Sandler
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Merrill Sandler, 90, of Haverhill passed away peacefully on October 24, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born in Lowell on May 24, 1928, the son of the late Samuel and Celia (Nochimovitz) Sandler.

Merrill was educated in the Haverhill school system and was a graduate of Haverhill High School, he enlisted in the Army upon graduation. Unfortunately, due to his eyesight, he could not be deployed, but proudly served his country as a cook at Fort Meade in Maryland. After the Army, he married Carolyn Frances (Klain) Sandler. They were wed 48 years until her death in 2002. Together they had three daughters; Randy Jean (deceased), Gail Joy and Susan Emily. Merrill had a long career as a parts analyst for Raytheon for 32 years from which he retired in 1992.

In his younger years, Merrill was in a bowling league, was an avid cribbage player, hosted many a card game at his home and enjoyed running. After retirement, he was a devoted grandfather to Megan Patricia, Alison Elizabeth and Julie Randi. You could always count on Papa to help out in a pinch with a ride or babysitting. In his senior years, Merrill was an active member in the Haverhill Senior Center, playing bingo, dancing, singing and doing jigsaw puzzles with his beloved companion Barbara Skofield. He also enjoyed sitting in the sun and of course was a loyal Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Merrill leaves behind his sister, Arline (Sandler) Spillberg, brother Sidney Sandler and his wife Ruth. Daughters, Gail (Sandler) Novak and her husband Allan, Sue (Sandler) Pieslak and her husband Mike, devoted grandfather to Megan (McGonagle) Fuchs and her husband Lance, Alison (McGonagle) O’Connell and her husband Jack and Julie Pieslak, great grandchildren Brody, Calyn, Porter, Moss and many extended family members and dear friends. Everyone loved Merrill!

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral service on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12:30 pm at the H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Interment will follow in the Montefiore Cemetery, Pelham, NH. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 or Blair House - Resident Council, 10 Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury, MA 01876.

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12:30 PM 10/28/2018 12:30:00 PM
H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home - Haverhill

106 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home - Haverhill
106 Summer Street Haverhill 01830 MA
United States

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Montefiore Cemetery Final Resting Place

46 Pulpit Rock Road
Pelham, NH 03076

46 Pulpit Rock Road Pelham 03076 NH
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701

Blair House - Resident Council

10 Erlin Terrace
Tewksbury, MA 01876

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