WASHINGTON — Gary A. Merrifield, 68, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at Maine Medical Center in Portland following a sudden illness.

Gary was born May 2, 1953, in Brunswick to Percy and Dorothy (Young) Merrifield.

Gary worked construction in his earlier years before going full time with what he really loved — making jewelry and collecting minerals. He made many pieces throughout his life that are owned by many people all over the country.

He spent some time living in Florida, and loved it there. He loved the warmth and the landscape. He also loved the guitar and played it most of his life.

Gary loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and everyone could hear him coming from a mile away. He always wore his leather jacket, unless the temperature got above 90 degrees, then he’d go out in his leather vest.

He especially enjoyed hanging out at Archer’s on the Pier in Rockland with his jewelry customers and Archer’s employees. He loved, and was loved by all of the employees, and was a fixture at “his” bar stool. He made every girl a piece of jewelry, including new employees, and also gave some motorcycle rides. For one of them it was her first time on a bike.

Predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Percy Merrifield Jr, he is survived by his older sister, Judy Brann and her husband, Ron Brann, of Cushing; daughters, Heidi Overlock and her husband, Matthew, of Waldoboro; Jamie Wilson and her husband, Scott, of Union; Corey Merrifield and her fiancé, Jay Merry, of Smithfield; his son, Jason Merrifield of Union; his eight grandchildren, Kyle Melanson, Quinn Overlock, Haiden Alley, Alyssa Merrifield, Lily Merrifield, Scott Wilson II, AnnaBelle Merry and Jameson Merry.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on April 30, 2022, at none other than, Archer’s on the Pier, 58 Ocean Street in Rockland.

To share a memory or condolence with Gary’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.