Clarke “Chuck” Merwin (96), a resident of Marco Island for 34 years, passed peacefully under hospice care on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
Born in Stamford, CT, Chuck was raised in Scarsdale, NY. He served in the Army Air Corps (Air Force) during WWII. Upon discharge, he completed his college education at Rider College in NJ. Chuck pursued a life-long career as a partner in an industrial supply business in Elmira, NY, before retiring to a life of boating adventure.
Chuck was a hard worker, loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved boating, traveling for months at a time to the Caribbean as well as to Maine by the inland waterway. He generously shared that passion with his large extended family of which we all have fond memories.
Chuck also loved the mountains of New England. As a young adult, he worked as “croo” (crew) for the Appalachian Mountain Club, carrying heavy packs of supplies up to the mountain top huts on foot. His own parents began a hiking tradition for all the Merwins, beginning with building a log cabin in the heart of Waterville Valley, NH that was used as our “base camp” many a summer.
Chuck is predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Muriel “Jean” Merwin, and a step-son, Mitchell Parmelee. He is survived by his four sons Andrew Merwin, Douglas Merwin, Michael Merwin, Russell Merwin, his daughter Linda Merwin, a step-son, Robert Parmelee, a step-daughter, Lin Pillard, 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and his loving companion of 10 years Patricia Berthold.
A celebration of life service will be held at 5 PM, Saturday, May 1st at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home. A donation to Avow Hospice, Naples, FL, may be made in lieu of flowers. A private scattering of ashes and interment will be held at a later date.