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Donald L. Merrill Sr.

January 24, 1929 - June 17, 2019


Waverly, New York

Date of Death:

June 17, 2019



Birth Date:

January 24, 1929

Birth Place:

S. Waverly, Pennsylvania

Service Information:

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY


Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 4 to 7 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY


Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, NY

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Donald L. Merrill Sr.

Donald L. Merrill Sr., a lifetime resident of Waverly and son of Elmer and Louise (nee Harris) Merrill, passed away peacefully at home on June 17, 2019 at the age of 90.

He was married for 69 years to the love of his life, Carol A. (nee Shaffer) Merrill and was the loving father of five children, Susan (John) Pacanowski, Sandra (Andrew) Robinson, Patricia (Richard) Brunk, Donald Merrill Jr., and Laureen (Carmine Sesa) Merrill.  He is survived by his sister Lillian Warren, and predeceased by siblings Howard, Robert, Lee and Dorothy.  Don loved and took great pride in his nine grandchildren (Brian & Adam Lasater, Tracy Dozier, Kelly Medio, Kyle & Sam Ackland, Brett, Jeff & Greg Merrill) and seven great grandchildren (Miles & Simon Dozier, Lila & Lucas Ackland, Emilia & Nolan Medio, & JJ Merrill).

Don’s passion for cars began as a teenager and continued throughout his life.  Buying, refurbishing and selling cars at a very early age evolved into opening Don Merrill Motors which was located on Chemung Street at the current location of the Waverly Historical Museum.  After 50 years in business, he closed the doors and enjoyed a very active retirement spending time with his many hobbies, close friends, and family.  He was an avid lifelong collector and enjoyed antique cars and everything associated with them, ranging from license plates to oil cans.  He also loved spending countless hours working on his home, yard, and maintaining his beautiful gardens.  

Don dedicated much of his life to the Village of Waverly.  He was one of the longest standing members of the Waverly Rotary Club and worked on numerous area beautification initiatives, the largest of which included the renovation of 46 houses in the valley. He was also the founder of and primary donor to the Waverly Historical Museum which was one of many ways he expressed his love of being a part of the Waverly community. He leaves this legacy to be enjoyed by all within the museum. 

Don will be remembered as a dedicated, hardworking husband, father, grandfather, and community patron.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Barb Koehn and Jeff Barber for their years of devoted friendship.

A time of calling for family and friends will be held at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street in Waverly from 4pm-7pm on Thursday, June 27, 2019.   Funeral services to honor Don will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10am at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly.   Private interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to the Waverly Historical Society in memory of Don, PO Box 45, Waverly, NY 14892, or visit for online donations.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Don’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: Walt and Pat Cain
37 years ago, we met Don and Carol as we began a new life in Waverly. Don immediately befriended this new Superintendent and became a true supporter of Waverly Schools. Working with him on the Rotary Beautification Program from its inception was rewarding and educational, as were any number of other projects I worked with him. Don is one that will be missed by the community for his sincere caring for its well-being. His historical legacy he left Waverly is a treasure all should embrace. We will miss you 'ole' friend. May you rest in peace be proud of those you helped along the way and your wonderful family, especially loving wife, Carol, our dear friend.

From: Conrad & Carol Hughson
Our deepest sympathies to Carol & family for your loss. We will fondly remember Don and your hospitality over the years. Love to all.
Carol & Conrad

From: Andrew Pang (ALPCA3877)
Don was one of the first people I met after joining ALPCA in 1983.  He was always a giant in the plate collecting world to me.  I was fortunate to know him and benefit from his wisdom over the years.  RIP Don!

From: Ron and Janet Keene
Carol And Family
Words, no matter how kind, can’t mend your heartache. However, those who care for you wish you comfort and peace of mind.”

From: Tom Lasater
Carol and Family,
We send our deepest condolences for your loss. As requested, we will contribute to his beloved museum.  
Tom & Elaine Lasater

From: Claudia Willson
My sincere sympathy at the loss of Don, he was someone to admire and have a good visit with. I know he will be missed by family and friends throughout the valley. Claudia Willson

From: Ron Jones
My deepest sympathy to Carol and family on Don's passing.  May the many warm memories gathered through the years remain with you always.

From: Fred Barnhart
My sincere condolences to the entire family at this most difficult time.

From: Linda Wintenburg
Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear of Don'S passing..  He was a wonderful man and you and he were great to me all those years I babysat for you.  Our prayers go out to all of you.  Love, Linda &Keith Wintenburg.

From: Ann Marie McGuire
Joe McGuire, probably one of the most loyal customers of Don Merrill Motors in the early 1960’s, could be found at Don’s car lot very often.   He was a kind and very professional was a great experience dealing with Don.  Sending love and sympathy to the Merrill family.

From: The Sesa, Chapman and Ramos families
We only had the pleasure of meeting Don and the Merrill family the weekend of Carmine and Laureen’s wedding, however, knowing her and the person she is, we know what a wonderful and loving family that he and Carol raised.  Through our love for Laureen as a special part of our family we can see what a good man he was.  We are so very sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Paul Larrabee
A very sad day when Don passed away. I had the privilege of touring Don's collection of automobile things. Rest in peace Don,you will be missed.

From: June Satterly
My deepest condolences to the family. Don was a patriarch for Waverly. His work in creating the Museum is appreciated by all that have been there. He will be missed.

From: Bonnie Bailey Every
Prayers for the family what a great man.

From: Jean Shepps Gabrielli
Dear Carol
You have my sympathy in the loss of your husband. You and the family are in my prayers.

From: Joe & Jean Schmieg
Carol and family,
Jean and I were saddened to hear and read of Don's passing last week.  I remember Don back in 2003 when I was a Waverly trustee and he pushed to have Waverly's 150th Anniversary Celebration.  It was a great success.  He was a great asset to this town.
His Historical Museum is a wonderful place to reminisce our childhoods, see all the things Waverly had produced-food wise, manufacturing-wise and people-wise...Great athletes, great leaders, and great people.  Don was one-of-a-kind.

From: Kathleen Thompson McNamee
My deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful family man and savvy business person. I have very fond memories of all the time spent hanging out Lori at your beautiful family home.

From: Don & Carolyn Bixby
Megan, our granddaughter married Sam Ackland, Don's grandson. Our families send our sympathy to Don's family,such a highly respected man he was, may he rest in peace, a life well lived.

From: Eric Knolles
My deepest sympathies. I was privileged to work with Don through Rotary and spent an amazing day with him at the museum and also viewing his personal collection. He truly loved Waverly and its people and wanted the best for them. He will be missed but he has left a great legacy through his projects and the museum.
Eric Knolles

From: Bobbie Eike Blanchard
Dear Carol : I am so sorry for the loss to you and your family. I don't know anyone else who had such a history bug as Don, to have left such a legacy as your wonderful museum, that will provide joy and information for countless generations in the Valley to come. His interest even extended to the early canal system,at an exhibit in Chemung last year.
   Thank you for including me in one of your tours, when it was still at your home.

From: Bonnie West
Sue-I was sorry to read that your dad had passed away. I'm glad he had a long life for you and your family to have many long years of memories. I send you my love, and have remembered you over the years, as you were a wonderful classmate to me in high school. May god bless you always.
Bonnie West, Class of '69
Tacoma, WA

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