Charles R. Merrigan

February 13, 2018

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.

11 Comments on Charles R. Merrigan

Farley and Carolyn Gates said : Guest Report Feb 26, 2018 at 12:48 PM

Charlie, you will be missed, your dry sense of humor, your sagacious look at life and your love of family and friends. We are lucky to have known you and our memories will always be looked on with fondness.

Maryann McNeil said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM

Sarah- On behalf of our whole Holloran family, we send our condolences on the passing of your father.- Bob, Peggy, Kevin, Rob, Ann and Mary

Nora Merrigan Prendergast said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2018 at 12:10 PM

"Bobby" is my Mother's cousin and Godson. We grew up with stories of Bob and the other Merrigan kids. As a family researcher, I reconnected with Charles in these last few years. He was so kind to my Mother. Thinking of her and sending Merrigan updates. It was a source of joy for her. My brother Charlie is named for Charles Merrigan. We live miles apart yet those family ties remain. I send my thoughts and prayers to Peggy, Sarah, Sue, Bob and all those who mourn the loss of Charles.

Betty Twitchell said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Charlie and I were in many classes together at Keene. With his love of literature and good writing, and his personality, he must have made a terrific teacher. We had recently been in touch by email but had not seen each other since the Keene days - so to me he remains forever young. My condolences.

Kat (Merrigan) Lord said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2018 at 12:17 PM

My cousin Bobby was a model of what a man should be. My sincere condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

Peter Merrigan said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2018 at 10:05 PM

Charlie - or "Bobby" as I knew him growing up - was always someone I looked up to; figuratively and literally. He lived with my family for some years in Goshen. I always admired his quiet demeanor and quick wit. In later years - recently - we enjoyed exchanging occasional emails about the affairs of the world, the histories he enjoyed reading, and family news. I regret not having made those exchanges more frequent. One of my fondest memories was playing tennis with him. When I was quite young, he took me to the courts in Newport to try to show me some basics but I was hopeless, hitting over the fences. Decades later, when I had become an avid player, we played again and it was a dream come true! To finally hold my own with Charlie on the tennis court. I don't recall who won and it didn't matter to either of us. It was just FUN to reconnect in that way with my cousin. My love and condolences go out to Peggy, Sarah, Sue, Bob, and all the family. He will be missed.

Freddy Gignac said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2018 at 9:43 PM

Words cannot express the sadness to hear of Charie’s passing. Together with Peggy, Timmy, Sue, Pete ,myself and long before all the kids came along , l will always remember our New Years Eve party in Franklin. The fun and laughs we all had playing cards are memories that will last forever.

Candy Quinn said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2018 at 12:28 PM

I have so many vivid memories of this wonderful man. He was always trying to teach me one of his many passions and made me feel like I was part of his loving family. I am so grateful for all of our conversations, dating advice, and laughs. This loss is shared by all who knew him. My sincerest condolences to the Merrigans and Paratores.

Cathleen (Quinn) Cohen said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2018 at 9:10 AM

We were so lucky to have Mr. Merrigan as an enormous part of our lives growing up. We loved him and will miss him terribly. See you all soon.

Heidi Taracena said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Fond memories. He was an amazing tennis coach and wonderful example for our youth. Thank you Coach Merrigan for leading the way.

Tim Barretto said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2018 at 6:57 PM

Charlie was a wonderful friend in my years of teaching at Nashua High School (and for many years afterwards as well). I will always remember him with tremendous fondness.

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