Merrill E. Storie, age 82, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at United Helpers Maplewood Campus in Canton.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 16th at 11:00 a.m. in East Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur with Rev. Bruce Brown officiating. There are no calling hours and arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Merrill is survived by his wife, Nancy; a son, Johnson A. Storie; two daughters, Mrs. Van (Jane E.) Fuller and Mrs. Robert (Judy A.) Serviss, both of the Gouverneur area; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Paul (Wendy) Serviss of Canton; a stepson, Rick and Kathleen Marcellus of Antwerp; four grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Martino of Aiken, SC, and Shirley Brown of North Collins; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris; and a sister, Norma Smith.
Mr. Storie was born November 25, 1927 in Louisville, the son of Merrill C. and Lillian E. Robinson Storie. He attended Massena High School and served in the US Army.
Merrill married Doris Peck on August 5, 1950, and she passed away March 22, 1997. He married Nancy Mashaw Marcellus on August 23, 1997.
Mr. Storie was employed for several years by area mechanical contractors. In 1959, he became affiliated with Northeast Constructors of Gouverneur to form a mechanical piping division and served as manager until 1972, at which time he and Robert C. Brown formed Brown-Storie, Inc. The very successful business was sold to William J. Farley of Gouverneur in 1981. In 1982, Mr. Storie purchased Greene Machine Industries, an industrial knife manufacturing business in Watertown. The business was moved to Balmat in 1986 and is now known as Heritage Knife Company, a division of Brown-Storie Inc.
Merrill semi-retired in 1997 and had lived in Antwerp while wintering in Floral City, FL for several years. He had been an avid golfer and sports participant in his youth, and enjoyed watching sports, especially car racing at the local level and NASCAR. For several years, Merrill sponsored local driver George “Boomer” McIntyre who was competitive in the Sportsman and Modified Sportsman divisions of DIRT racing.
He was a member and past Master of Gouverneur Lodge #217 F.&A.M., a member of Massena Lodge #513 F.&A.M., a honorary member of Hammond Lodge #816 F.&A.M., and honorary member of Ogdensburg-Acacian Lodge #128 F.&A.M. Merrill served as District Deputy Grand Master of First St. Lawrence District of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York during 1989-90. He was a member of the York Rite Bodies in Massena where he served in several offices. He was a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason, belonging to the Valleys of Norwood and Syracuse and belonged to the Shrine and Media Temple in Watertown. Merrill was also active on many Grand Lodge committees for several years including the Grand Lodge long range planning committee and served as District Leader for the First and Second St. Lawrence Districts for three years. He was a 25 year member of Gouverneur Lodge #217 and was a 25 year member of Gouverneur Elks Lodge #2035.
Mr. Storie was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Massena and served as treasurer of the First United Methodist Church in Gouverneur from 1981 to 1986. He served on the Board of Directors of the Gouverneur Historical Association and on the Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees during 1990-1992. Merrill was a trustee on the Board of the Gouverneur Cemetery Association, a honorary member of the Gouverneur Vol. Fire Department, and was a member of the AmVets Post #4 of Massena.
Memorial donations may be made in Merrill’s memory to the Gouverneur Vol. Fire Department, Gouverneur Cemetery Association, or Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.