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Merle E. Gilliam

January 29, 1928 ~ June 9, 2022 (age 94)

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Phippsburg – Merle E Gilliam, 94, of Phippsburg, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2022 at the Garden in Brunswick.  Merle was the oldest child of Oscar & Mina Gilliam, born in Phippsburg on Jan 29, 1928.  Merle graduated from Morse High School in 1946.  After graduating, Merle worked proudly alongside his father, Oscar, fishing the coast of Maine.  On Nov 10, 1950 he married his soul mate, June McIntyre, and the couple made their home in Phippsburg to raise their family.  In 1952 Merle was drafted in the United States Army during wartime.  Upon returning home, Merle returned to the Ocean until 2012 when he retired at the age of 83. 

Merle enjoyed hunting in his spare time.  He was an avid duck hunter, took great pride in the hunt for a deer, and loved to relive the hunt through stories.  He could also be found every morning at the service station for the “morning meeting” with the gang.  Although he worked everyday on the ocean, and enjoyed doing so, he really enjoyed a day off from work to go tuna fishing, catching 107 in the same year was his all time record. 

Merle also enjoyed growing his own veggies in a 5X5 garden, he definitely had a green thumb.  Feeding the animals was also something he enjoyed, no squirrel or bird went hungry in his yard. 

Merle will be missed by all those that loved him  

Merle is predeceased by his wife June on 4/23/2018;  a son, Michael E. Gilliam on 11/8/2016

He leaves behind sons, Greg W. Gilliam and his wife Irene and Brett M Gilliam and his wife Abby both of Phippsburg; a brother, Glenn Gilliam; a daughter-in-law, Julie Gilliam; grandchildren, Eric W Gilliam, Denise L Hurd, Constance R. Gilliam, Cameron M Gilliam, Spencer R. Gilliam and Victoria A Gilliam; and a great grandchildren,   Annika F Gilliam, Joseph Rice, Anora Rice, Peyton Hurd and Violet Hurd.

Merle truly believed in helping others and through a donation every year to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, he made dreams come true.  So in honor of Merle, anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory, please make it to Saint Jude Hospital or

The Phippsburg Fireman’s Association, P.O. Box 83, Phippsburg, Maine 04562

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 1:30pm at the Small Point Baptist Church in Phippsburg.

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Celebration of Life Service
June 19, 2022

1:30 PM
Small Point Baptist Church
1754 Main Road
Phippsburg, Maine 04062


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Phippsburg Ambulance Fund
P.O. Box 83, Phippsburg ME 04562

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