William T. ‘Bill’ Mernin

May 11, 2016

William T. ‘Bill’ Mernin
U.S. Veteran

US Army

William T. “Bill” Mernin- May 11th. Beloved father of William T. Mernin Jr., his wife Katy, of CA, Keith D. Mernin, his wife Joy of PA, James E. Mernin, his partner Jude King of NH, Barry J. Mernin, his wife Naomi of Japan and Laurie J. Dumas ,her husband William of Lynn and the late Michael P. Mernin. Former husband of Jean Pattelena Mernin of Woburn. Devoted brother of Robert Mernin of WI, Bernadette Mernin of RI and the late his twin brother Thomas and Eileen Mernin. Cherished “Grandpa Bill” of nine grandchildren, Jesse and Jack, Alison and Cassidy, James and Catherine Mernin, Elizabeth and Matthew Dumas and William Taiga. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday May 19th at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours Wednesday, May 18th, 4-8 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers the family has kindly requested that remembrances be made in Bill’s memory to the Fisher House Boston, PO Box 230, South Walpole, MA 02071.

OBITUARY

WILLIAM T. “BILL” MERNIN- Wednesday, May 11th. A longtime Woburnite, he was seventy eight years of age.

Born in New York City, New York Bill was one of five children and twin to Tom. They were the children of the late William T. and Mary (Collins) Mernin, both of whom were from Ireland.

Moving to Woburn at an early age, Bill attended Woburn Schools, graduating at the top of his Class of 1955. Upon graduating, Bill enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served and protected his country during peace time.

Upon returning home from the service, Bill began working at the “Jelly” aka Atlantic Gelatin, in East Woburn where he remained for a number years. Bill had decided he was up for a change from there and secured himself a position in sales of office equipment. After a career in sales, Bill retired. He then kept himself busy by working for a bus company, driving a caravan.

Bill was the proud father of five sons and a daughter. As they grew and began families of their own, hearing the words “Grandpa Bill” was music to his ears. He had a great love for family and when they were all together, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, it was the absolute best. While at the Chelsea Soldiers Home Bill’s family visited frequently. Always sharing in those visits were his grandchildren who provided everything from singing and dancing to various other activities that were always fun.

Throughout Bill’s life he was never one to be the center of attention. He had excelled at bridge, entering tournaments all across the country and globally, earning the title of “Champion” of the United States Bridge Federation. A very bright, accomplished, knowledgeable, ingenious gentleman, he could and did accept challenges in many masterful areas and met it all with complete success. Even amongst all family members, they too would participate in many of these intellectual pursuits and do extremely well;sharing some truly wonderful times.

Bill loved Woburn and all the friends he made while here. He moved to Billerica in 1982, but never for a day did he forget his roots right here. He shared many a wonderful friendships with school chums and those whom he met along life’s journey, cherishing them all.

Bill, in addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son Michael P., twin brother Tom and sister Eileen Mernin.

Beloved father of William T. Mernin Jr., his wife Katy, of CA, Keith D. Mernin, his wife Joy of PA, James E. Mernin, his partner Jude King of NH, Barry J. Mernin, his wife Naomi of Japan and Laurie J. Dumas ,her husband William of Lynn. Former husband of Jean Pattelena Mernin of Woburn. Devoted brother of Robert Mernin of WI, Bernadette Mernin of RI and the . Cherished “Grandpa Bill” of nine grandchildren, Jesse and Jack, Alison and Cassidy, James and Catherine Mernin, Elizabeth and Matthew Dumas and William Taiga. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday May 19th at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours Wednesday, May 18th, 4-8 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers the family has kindly requested that remembrances be made in Bill’s memory to the Fisher House Boston, PO Box 230, South Walpole, MA 02071.

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  1. My condolences to the entire Mernin family
    Bill was a true friend of mine and my entire family. I’m sure I am not alone in saying He has been instrumental in shaping my life through many talks, walks, and cups of coffee over the years. He never judged and always encouraged me and gave me confidence. He was always there when I needed him.
    I will miss Bill but remember him always
    Brenda

  2. To the entire Mernin Clan,

    My sincerest and deepest sympathies on the passing of Bill.

    Bill,
    I will be forever grateful for your friendship, and for the time we spent together.
    Rest in peace my friend.

    Semper Fi,
    Barry C.

  3. “Big Bill”: a special man; a special “gift”; always available for and encouraging those one-on-one, heart-to-heart conversations, emphasizing the importance to “be good to yourself and try not to hurt anyone”; a power of example in the lives touched by kindness and compassion shared.
    With sadness and gratitude,
    Lynda with a “Y”

  4. I will forever treasure the unconditional love and acceptance that Bill so freely gave to me! Bill, I will miss you remember to save me a place in heaven. Love Always Joann

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