Clarke "Chuck" T. Merwin
October 20, 1924 – April 14, 2021
Clarke “Chuck” Merwin, 96, a resident of Marco Island for 34 years, passed peacefully under hospice care on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
Born in Stamford, CT, Chuck was raised in Scarsdale, NY. He served in the Army Air Corps (Air Force) during WWII. Upon discharge he completed his college education at Rider College in NJ. Chuck pursued a life-long career as a partner in an industrial supply business in Elmira, NY, before retiring to a life of boating adventure.
Chuck was a hard worker, loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved boating, traveling for months at a time to the Caribbean as well as to Maine by the inland waterway. He generously shared that passion with his large extended family of which we all have fond memories.
Chuck also loved the mountains of New England. As a young adult, he worked as “croo” (crew) for the Appalachian Mountain Club, carrying heavy packs of supplies up to the mountain top huts on foot. His own parents began a hiking tradition for all the Merwins, beginning with building a log cabin in the heart of Waterville Valley, NH that was used as our “base camp” many a summer.
Chuck is pre-deceased by his wife of 42 years, Muriel “Jean” Merwin and a step-son, Mitchell Parmelee. He is survived by his four sons, Andrew Merwin, Douglas Merwin, Michael Merwin, Russell Merwin, his daughter, Linda Merwin, a step-son, Robert Parmelee, a step-daughter, Lin Pillard, 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and his loving companion of 10 years, Patricia Berthold.
A celebration of life service will be held at 5:00 pm, Saturday, May 1st at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home. A donation to Avow Hospice, Naples, FL may be made in lieu of flowers. A private scattering of ashes and interment will be held at a later date.
- AVOW Hospice
Celebration of Life
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Gathering of Family and Friends 1 hour prior to the service
Clarke "Chuck" T. Merwin
April 30, 2021
I am Dad’s 4th son. There are more reflections on my mind than can be put into words. For today, a quick photo capture of some of the ways Dad created adventures for himself and others. He was not one to wait for things to happen, but instead made things happen. Missing you Dad, missing just knowing you are there, wherever “there” might be.
Ursula Merwin Vocca
April 28, 2021
My memories of my Uncle Chuck always begin, as others have stated, with a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous smile. I remember him as a very practical man who loved his family. One regret in my life is the missing communication I have had with that side of the family. Time is so short!
April 23, 2021
I am a Merwin by marriage, not by blood. For the many years I have been part of the Merwin family, Uncle Chuck has been a legendary persona in the history of the long-lived siblings (Alice Tweedy and also Gaius Merwin, Jr. who passed in June, 2015). My husband, Gaius Merwin III, and I send our condolences to all those who knew and loved him. He will be missed.
April 20, 2021
A smile that lit up a room and a twinkle in his eyes that always made you wonder what he was thinking. That’s how I will always remember you, Chuck. Thank you for sharing your life with us and loving my Momma...always..♥️
April 19, 2021
My Grandpa Chuck passed away peacefully this week at age 96! He lived such a full life. He was a captain, a pilot and a father, grand father, great grandfather and great great grandfather. So thankful that I spontaneously visited him in 2017. He was a determined no messing around but always with a smile on his face and kind man with great respect from his community for being an amazing captain. Danya and I visited them when we first got engaged and my grandparents took us out to lunch up in Naples on their Yacht. The restaurant was up a canal with very strong currents heading toward a very low bridge the Yacht sat 20 feet above the bridge. In front of the restaurant there was only one slip open. He had to parallel park a Yacht with strong currents rushing towards this Bridge between two other very large Yachts facing the opposite direction so we could leave forward facing. It was very hairy. He swings in there with precisely 3 feet to spare on each end of the boat and my grandma ties off. We get off the boat and enter the restaurant and the whole staff, and restaurant goers everyone stands up and gives my Grandpa a standing ovation. He just smiles and laughs a bit and waves everyone to sit again and says nothing about it. Danya later has to explain the whole thing to me as I didn't understand what it was all about- not being a boat person. He never bragged, just got it done. Years later I visited with my two little girls they were probably 2 and 7, I was trying to discipline them and I was not getting through at all. He looks at me and says, "The reason you aren't getting them to respond is because while you are yelling at them they can see the smile behind your eyes. You have to mean it." That was a good lesson. I will miss him dearly but am so grateful to have had him in my life for so many years. Its the end of an era, my last grandparent.