Passed away peacefully, at his home in Ilderton, on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in his 89th year. Dwight was married to his beautiful wife Elaine (Pinkerton) Merkley for 62 years. He is survived by their 3 children, Craig (Jan Searle), Lauren (Raymond Cook), and David; along with 6 grandchildren: Krista, Olivia, Kevin, Gray, Peter, and Alex. Born in Smith Falls, Ontario, he was the youngest of 5 children of Pearl and Harry Merkley.
Dwight was employed with the London Board of Education, where he served as an elementary school teacher and principal. Dwight loved music and dancing. He was a star track and field athlete in his younger years, and enjoyed curling in his retirement. He especially enjoyed playing cards with neighbours and friends.
The family will hold a celebration of his life at Vanneck United Church, 22651 Vanneck Road, Ilderton on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 2 PM. They wish to thank long-time friends, neighbours, and their church community. Dwight’s ashes will be committed near the family cottage on Georgian Bay, where he spent many summers enjoying family and friends.
Donations to the Vanneck United Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.MERKLEY: Dwight E. of Ilderton