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“I served with Pete at Dover AFB. I was the ranking NCO in the pharmacy 1976-1983. He was the best Officer I served under. He was fair, good-humored,...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: MSgt David Dussault - Swansea, MA

“We are sorry to hear of the loss of Peter Merchant. We work with Jim, brother to Peter, and want to offer the family our deepest sympathy on his...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Helen Pagola

“I've lit many candles in my life. Real candles, candles on canvas--and candles of the heart, when I didn't have an actual candle to light nor a...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Sharon Lee Davies-Tight - OH

“Peter, you were always a brother I could look up to. Always heard of your goodness and likeability being just 2 years behind in school. You brought...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

www.wordwarriordavies-tight.com “My sister Carole just told me of Peter's passing today. We three, Carole, me (Sharon) and Jim grew up with the Merchant boys (Peter, Jim and John)...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Sharon Lee Davies-Tight - OH

“Dear John, Mary and Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Peter was in good hands and a loving home his last days. Ray, Kyle and Julia...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Ray Dalrymple - Suffield, CT

“My condolences to the family. I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope it brings you comfort to know you have a chance to see your loved one again....Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Juanita

“So sorry to hear of his passing. It's too bad I didn't know he lived here in Maine. I would have enjoyed seeing and spending time with him. The story...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Dick Hodskins

“Mary & John ~You remain in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. The tender care given with love and compassion only proves Mary you are a...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Kathleen K. Hull - Director - CT

“John and Mary, Jim and Crista,Our sympathies go out to you at this sad time. We know that you made Peter's life very special in life and sent him to...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Helaine and Steve Hagstrand - VT

“Peter led a great fun-filled, well traveled life. I was glad to be part of his life. We were both stationed in New Hampshire together and then luck...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Dale Seymour - Midwest City, OK

“Jim, My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother Peter. I'm sure he will be missed by everybody. May he rest in peace. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Pete Cooley - Clayton, NC

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13 of 22 | Posted by: John Merchant

“Jim and Family-So sorry to hear about Peter's passing. Just remember all the good times and happy memories and he'll always be with you. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Gail Hogan Lucia - Springfield, MA

“Jim - Sorry to read about the loss of your brother. May family and friends give you peace during this difficult time.Karen Arble (Oakdale Dental -...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so sorry to hear of Peter's passing. He had a wonderful family and supportive circle around him. May he rest in peace and God bless you all. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Sue Ordinetz - Corinth, VT

“Peter, Your service to our country and love of family, friends, travel and other cultures gave you a "quilt" of experiences that shaped you into a...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Jim, Praying for you and your entire family. I am sorry for your loss. RIP Peter ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Carol Tower - Tool, TX

“Sending our love and thoughts to you. Peter was a wonderful person. Love you ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Linda & Jim Cepican - Westfield, MA

“Thinking of all you guys, sending hugs and loving thoughts your way. You were all such dedicated, caring and giving family support to Peter and each...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: chris and mary anne cary

“Mary & John--My thoughts are with all of you. We are on vacation so cannot be there but I loved Peter's Sox update and our shared love of MMM Jacoby...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Susan Kramer

“With deepest sympathy during this time of difficulty. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home - CT


Peter David Merchant, 66, died after a long illness, on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at his brother's home in Suffield, CT surrounded by his loving family. Born in Springfield, MA to the late Malcolm and Alta (King) Merchant, he lived in Springfield until he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1970. Peter served as a Hospital Pharmacist beginning in Presque Isle, ME and successively serving in Portsmouth, NH, Thailand, Dover, DE, Spain, Germany and Sacramento, CA before retiring with the rank of Major in 1990. He lived in California for a number of years after retiring and finally returned to the East coast to a home in Cape Neddick, ME. He loved being near the beach where he spent many leisure days. He earned his Pharmacy Degree from the University of Connecticut. Peter was a long-time member of the National Ski Patrol serving at Springfield Ski Club in Blandford, MA - he was distinguished as the very first "Patroller of The Year" in the early 1960s. He loved going on the ski trips with family to places in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and France. He also liked to take vacation journeys to Thailand and recently visited Viet Nam as well. Peter became an avid Red Sox fan years ago and sent out an email newsletter daily to many friends and family. Peter will be sadly missed by his brother John and wife Mary, his brother James and wife Crista, all of Suffield, CT. He leaves behind many extended family members including niece Keri, husband Andy and their two boys, Alex and Ryan, nephew Christian and partner Jessica. Mary's sister Ellen and husband Stephen, and sister Ethel were very close family members who were very supportive during Peter's life. He will be missed by many dear friends in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 14th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the Nicholson and Carmon Funeral Home, 443 East Street N., Suffield, CT. The Funeral will be Thursday, 1:00 pm at the Chapel at the Mass. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA. Peter's family would like to acknowledge and thank the wonderful Hospice staff both in Maine and later in Connecticut for their attentive care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.