Merton E. Rich

TREMONT — Merton E. Rich, 82, died Aug. 26, 2010 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was born on Oct. 16, 1927 in Tremont, the son of Ethel Gray Rich and Jasper Rich. He was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and uncle.


Merton started his own boatyard in 1953, having designed his first boat in 1952 for “Smitty” at Rice’s Wharf in Bernard. Over the years he designed and built many boats including a 26-foot pleasure craft for Clyde Ryder. After he sold the boatyard to his brother, he went back to his first love, lobster fishing, having designed and built his own lobster boat, the Lida May, named after his beloved wife.

He fished from Thurston’s Wharf in Bernard his whole career.

Merton was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Bernard.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Lida; his daughter Annabelle Rich Lounder and her husband Harry Lounder, Jr. of Hancock; sons William M. Rich and Bruce A. Rich and daughter-in-law Lynn of Tremont; brother-in-law Clayton Holt; grandchildren Jennifer Rich Silveira and her husband Peter, and Jason Rich of Fall River, Mass, Harry Lounder III and his wife Sarah, and Nicholas Lounder of Hancock; great grandchildren Joshua, Aiden and Hannah Silveira, Mikayla Rich, and Stephen Kendall Lounder; numerous nieces and nephews including favorite nieces Anne Marie Dockery, Nancy Thurlow and Susan Holt.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, daughter Lisa Jean Rich, mother-in- law Annabelle Hamblen, father-in-law Winfield P. Murphy, stepfather-in-law Edwin Hamblen, brothers Norris “Buster” Gray and James H. Rich, sister Elizabeth “Betty” Holt, brother-in-law Winfield P. Murphy, Jr., and beloved granddaughter Lisa Jean Lounder.

Funeral services were Sept. 1, 2010 at Jordan-Fernald in Mount Desert with Rev. Dr. Wayne Buchanan officiating, with internment at Head of the Harbor Cemetery in Bass Harbor.

He will be sadly missed by all, including his cat Smokey.

Contributions in Merton’s memory may be made to the Southwest Harbor Animal Welfare, Inc., P.O. Box 434, Southwest Harbor ME 04679. Condolences may be expressed at

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