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Charles Anthony Merline, 83, Husband, Father, Coast Guard Veteran, artistically gifted, Franklin resident, formerly of Hanover, MA, died peacefully after a long illness at West Roxbury Veterans Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years Arlene Merline of Franklin. He is also survived by his four loving children: Charlene Livers and her husband Bud of Virginia Beach, VA, Daniel Merline of New Bedford, Anne Marie Merline of Fort Collins, CO and Michael Merline of Franklin; grandchildren Trey Livers and his wife Renee and expected great granddaughter of Virginia Beach, VA, Christopher Livers of Virginia Beach, VA, Ethan Livers of Virginia Beach, VA, Matthew Merline of Medway, and Benjamin Merline Warner of Fort Collins,CO. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Born in Boston and raised in Dorchester, Charles joined the Coast Guard in 1952 after being inspired by the Coast Guard rescue of two ships that broke apart off the coast of Nantucket which eventually became an award winning movie "The Finest Hours". After four years in the Coast Guard, Charles met and married Arlene. They were married on June 7, 1958 and lived in Hanover until they made their home in Franklin for the past 12 years. After the Coast Guard, Charles enjoyed his artistic occupation as a graphic artist, sign painter and screen printer for various companies. He eventually started his own sign painting and screen printing business where he created many decorative signs, lettered vehicles, posters, and hand carved signs. After his retirement, Charles hand-crafted many wooden toys for his grandchildren, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, family friends, and completely new friends. The love he had of family and friends can be seen in the fine craftsmanship of his unique wooden crafts. His wooden toys, cradles, rocking horses, planes, and trains are famously around the world including England and Costa Rica. Throughout the years, Charles enjoyed traveling with his family in different parts of the United States to spend time with extended family and friends in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, California, and Alaska. He also had a love for Sunday dinners with his immediate family, holiday celebrations at the Hanover house, pool parties with family and friends, especially with his grandchildren. His jovial laughter was always evident during many celebrations throughout his life. Charles always like to hear good jokes from family and friends. His passion for the absorption of information from public radio, crossword puzzles and reading about history, significant groundbreaking events and people contributed to his deep knowledge of many obscure facts which was always front and center at any occasion. Charles' greatest accomplishment was (in his own words): "My greatest accomplishment is that I lasted 60 years of marriage. My legacy is that I hope I was a good father and a good husband. That's all that matters to me. I think my kids would say they know I love them very much. Looking back, I've tried to live a good life. I have no regrets." There will be a prayer service on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at St. Mary's Church, 1 Church Square, Franklin, MA 02038 at 3 P.M. All are invited to attend. His Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at St. Mary's Parish, 392 Hanover Street (Route 139), Hanover, MA 02339 at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Hanover Cemetery, 47 Main Street, Hanover, MA. No visiting hours are scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles' name to St. Mary's Pastoral Visitation Program, St. Mary's Church, 1 Church Square, Franklin, MA 02038. For directions and to sign Charles's guestbook, visit www.SullivanFuneralHomes.com
Published in Milford Daily News on July 14, 2018
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