Charles Robert Merrigan, 80, of Nashua, a longtime Nashua educator, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, after a short battle with cancer.
Born in Somerville, New Jersey on January 13, 1938, he was a son of the late Walter and Grace Frances (Jenkins) Merrigan. Charlie was graduated from Keene Teacher’s College in 1963, and settled in Nashua, where he spent 35 years as an English teacher at Nashua High School. Over the years he also served as the yearbook advisor and the coach of the girl’s tennis team.
Family was of utmost importance to him. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, and visiting with friends and relatives. A local tennis pro in his younger days, Charlie took up piano after his retirement in 2001. He was a devoted father and husband.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret A. (Lister) Merrigan of 53 years; their daughter Sarah and her husband Vince Paratore; their daughter Susan, and their son, Robert and his wife Sarah; as well as his grandchildren, Maggie and Vinny Paratore, and Siobhan and Colin Merrigan. He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brother, Walter in 2012. Charlie was fortunate to have wonderful sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; many cousins, and a great number of wonderful and caring nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Friday evening, February 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 17th at 10 a.m. in St. Christopher Church, 62 Manchester Street, Nashua. Interment will follow in Edgewood Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend and are asked to gather at the church. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneralservice.com