William Graham ‘Bill’ Merchant passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Saviour, surrounded by his loving family, at Extendicare Michener Hill, Red Deer, Ab., on Fri., July 8 at the age of 82 years.
Bill was born on Dec. 8, 1933 at the Coronation Hospital. All his schooling was completed in Coronation.
He started work in the oil and gas industry for Gulf. Bill then went on to work for Northwestern Utilities for 10 years and finished his career with the E.R.C.B. in Red Deer, retiring in 1996.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Lila; daughters, Kathy (Brian) Flasch, Barbara Merchant, Sharon (Pat) McMurray and four grandchildren.
He will also be sadly missed by Lila’s children, Jodi Hampton (Bobbi Gayle), Shelly Priest (Jason) and Tracy Abel and families; sister, Verona (Gerald), brother, Hilliard (Helen) and sister, Marietta (Bill) and families; Lila’s family, Gordon (Sylvia), Deb, Julia, Darryl, Linda (Scot).
Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Beatrice; sister, Maralyn; brother, Les; triplet infant brothers; both his parents; sister-in-law, Eileen; three brothers-in-law, Charlie, Cecil and just recently, Fred.
A funeral service will be held at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 4718 Ross Street, Red Deer, on Sat., July 16 at 2 p.m.
Interment will take place at the Coronation Cemetery in Coronation at a later date.
If desired, memorial donations in Bill’s honour may be made directly to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.coronationfuneralhome.ca. Arrangements in care of Heather Caseley, Funeral Director at Coronation Funeral Home, Coronation, Alberta. 403.578.2928 or 1.888.578.2928.