Robert Merrill age 77 of Holderness passed on April 22, after a lengthy illness.
Robert was born July 4, 1944, in Holderness, NH, the son of James H. and Gladys [Whittemore] Merrill Sr. and grew up on Mt. Prospect Road. He recently just moved back to Mt. Prospect Road on the same piece of land where he grew up.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Gloria [McCormack] Merrill, also sons Glenn of Plymouth, Tim and wife Sue of New Hampton, three granddaughters, Tasha, Kacey, and Sarah; a great grandson and great granddaughter; his brothers Edward, Allen, John, and sister Eleanor “Sis”, also numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother James H Merrill Jr., and his sister Betty Havlock.
Robert was a builder by trade known to many as “Bob The Builder” He built and remolded many houses along with his brother Allen. Robert often said that he and Allen had worked a hundred years together. He was also a restaurateur.
His passion of 50’s stainless steel Diners, lead him to purchasing two Diners having them moved to N.H. Together he and his wife set them up, and operated them together. The first was Glory Jean’s Diner in Rumney, NH. A few years later they did it all over again, purchased a diner in New York and moved it to New Hampton, NH and opened as Bobby’s Girl Diner.
At the Diners cruise nights were a hobby he enjoyed. Because of his passion for classic cars, he sometimes entered his own for others to enjoy as much as he did.
Sundays were special to him when watching NASCAR with his granddaughters, and spending time with them, they were the light of his life.
For the past 20 years he did not miss the snow and cold while vacationing in Florida during winter months, RVing.
At his request there will be no services. Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is assisting the family for more info go to dupuisfuneralhome.com.