Wallingford, VT — Edward T Merrow, Jr., died on January 23, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born on May 3, 1947, in Bennington, VT, the son of Edward T. Merrow Sr and Hazel (Gorton) Merrow. He received his early education in Danby, VT and graduated from Wallingford High School. From high school Ed enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Vietnam War as a Seabee.
Ed worked as a carpenter in his early career and later started his own business as a carpenter and general contractor. He was also a sugarmaker for more than 40 years.
Ed was a member of American Legion Post 52 in Wallingford, Lifetime member Harned-Fowler VFW Post 6471 in Manchester, and a member of the Rutland County Maple Producers, where he served many years on the board of directors and volunteered his time in the VT State Fair sugarhouse making maple products.
For more than 20 years he and Gloria volunteered in the kitchen at the Vermont Maple Festival in St Albans where he met so many great friends. He was also a member and past chief of the Danby-Mt Tabor Volunteer Fire Company for more than 40 years.
Ed was very proud of the hundreds of ribbons he won at the VT Farm Show, VT Maple Festival, and VT State Fair for his syrup and maple products. He loved being in the woods, hunting, fishing, sugaring, catching up with old friends, and spending time with family, especially his grandsons. He also enjoyed hunting adventures with great friends.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Gloria-Jean Davis Merrow, Daughters, Michelle (Dana) Heleba of Danby, VT and Nichole (Mark) Degenstein of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, grandsons Phoenix Heleba and Maverick Heleba both of Danby, VT, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mr. Merrow was predeceased by his parents and a sister Donna (Merrow) Whitman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wallingford American Legion Post 52 or the Danby-Mt Tabor Volunteer Fire Department c/o Brewster-Shea Funeral Services P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, VT 05255.
The funeral mass was held at 11 am on Monday, January 28, at Christ our Savior (St. Paul’s) Church in Manchester. A gathering was held after the mass at Harned-Fowler VFW Post 6471 in Manchester.