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Merlin L. Trefethen

March 17, 1936 ~ June 2, 2022 (age 86)


Merlin Lionel Trefethen, 86, of South Windham, CT passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 2, 2022. He was born on March 17, 1936 in Abbott, ME to the late Eugene and Alice True Trefethen. Merlin was predeceased by his wife of 43 years Lois Trefethen. 

His siblings that predeceased him were Bud Trefethen, Glen Trefethen, Thelma Butler, Glennys Stevens and Norma Hersey. He is survived by his sister Joyce Knowlton of ME. Merlin leaves his children: Cynthia and her husband Rich of ME, James and partner Kathy of CT, Merlin E. of VT and Randall “Randy” and his wife Christy of ME. His stepchildren John and his wife Helene of CT and Thomas and his wife Diana of PA. Merlin's grandchildren Danielle, John and his wife Erin, Jennifer, Amanda, Ryanne, Thomas “TJ” and fiancé Elizabeth, Anthony and wife Emilly, Caitlin, Emily, Amelie, Theron. His great grandchildren Jace, Connor, Aubrey, Alexis, Kayla, Jayden, Sophia, Delilah, Aubrey, John IV, Evah and Eliana. As well as many nieces and nephews.

Merlin was a kind, hardworking, fix-it-all, loving man. Merlin could fix and/or make anything, he was very crafty. He retired from Pratt & Whitney as a machinist after 30+ years. Merlin enjoyed his time in Maine at his second home that he and his late wife, Lois, built together. Merlin enjoyed fishing with his wife, sister Normy and her husband Sterling. After his retirement, he enjoyed working on lawn mowers and taking care of his yard. He enjoyed his recent summers in Maine with his children and reconnecting with family. Merlin enjoyed going out on Moosehead Lake on his son Randy's boat. He loved four wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing, and buggy riding. Most of all he made it a point to take everyone who visited the Maine house to the B-52 crash site and telling its stories. Merlin loved playing Solitaire. He was a wise man and shared his knowledge, stories and experiences with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was always willing to give advice, lend a listening ear or a hug. Merlin will be deeply missed by his family. He is now with the love of his life Lois. He gained his angel wings and will be looking down and watching over everyone. 

Merlin’s family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. Willimantic. His graveside service will be on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 1:00pm at the New Scotland Cemetery in Scotland, CT.

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Calling Hours
June 8, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Potter Funeral Home
456 Jackson Street
Willimantic, CT 06226

Graveside Service
June 9, 2022

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Scotland Cemetery
141 Cemetery Rd
Scotland, CT 06330

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