HARPSWELL — Leo C. “Chick” Mercier, 99, of Harpswell Neck Road, died Sept. 25 at Mid Coast Senior Health Center in Brunswick. He was born June 10, 1913, in Lowell, Mass., a son of Edmond and Jeannette (Ducharme) Mercier. He attended school in Attleboro, Mass., and then moved to Maine with his parents at a young age.
Mercier worked for many years in the retail grocery business and later the automotive service industry. For many years, he managed a gas station on Maine Street in Brunswick, where his ability to speak French endeared him to the local Franco-American community. During World War II, he supported the war effort as a bridge crane operator at Hyde Windlass in Bath. He never hesitated to help someone in need or to go the extra mile.
Mercier was a family man who put his family first and worked extra jobs to provide for them. He served as a member of the Harpswell Neck Volunteer Fire & Ambulance and was one of the first trained ambulance attendants for the rescue service.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie; a son, Richard G. Mercier; a daughter, Judith M. Gerber; a stepdaughter, Helen Hoverson; a brother, Omer Mercier; and a granddaughter, Michele Yanok.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gladys (Stockford) Mercier, of Harpswell; son David and his wife, Elaine, of Harpswell; daughter Linda and her husband,
Michael Yanok, of Brunswick; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Orr’s Island
Cemetery, Orr’s Island, with the Rev. Ray St. Pierre officiating. In lieu of sending
flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mercier’s memory to the Harpswell Santa Fund, c/o Roy Knight, P.O. Box 126, Harpswell, ME 04079.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick.