Irving H. ‘Sonny’ Sawyer, 76, of Merrimack, N.H., passed away Jan. 7, 2010 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, N.H., surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Camden, Maine, June 13, 1933, Sonny was the son of the late Louis and Adelaide (Raynes) Sawyer. He graduated from Camden High School in 1953. He worked for Boynton Chevrolet in Camden and owned and operated his own auto body business before moving to Hudson, N.H., where he operated his own auto body shop for many years and later worked at MacMulkin Chevrolet and the former Gateway Volkswagen, both of Nashua, New Hampshire.

His greatest pleasures in life were enjoying time with his family. Sonny also had a passion for restoring antique vehicles, for which he received many awards and trophies. He was a longtime member of the Roadrunners Car Club.

Members of his family include his three sons and two daughter-in-laws, Bruce and Paula Sawyer of Hudson, N.H.; Brian and Belinda Sawyer of Merrimack, N.H., and Blaine Sawyer of Nashua; three daughters and their husbands: Barbara and Stan Gilbert of Litchfield, N.H.; Brenda and Lee Carboni, of Maryland; and Beverly and Vern Francis, of Hudson, N.H.; his former wife, Leona Sawyer, of Nashua, N.H.; his grandchildren, Angela Macdonald, Timmy Sawyer, Kenny and Greg Gilbert, Danielle and Christopher Carboni, Sarah, Kimberly, and Tommy Francis, Brianna, Blake and Brandon Sawyer and Keri Sawyer; his two new great-grandchildren, Kendra and Audrey; his two sisters: Olive Dufresne of Hope; and Dory Butterfield of Jay.

Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church in Hudson, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. Funeral arrangements were made by Farwell Funeral Service, Inc., in Nashua, New Hampshire.