Merrill Evan Cobb (May 24, 1925 - June 18, 2010)

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Merrill Evan Cobb
  • May 24, 1925
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  • June 18, 2010

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Merrill Evan Cobb, 85 New Smyrna Beach FL died Friday, June 18, 2010. Merrill was born in Lincoln, Maine. He served in the US Navy during WWII as a Radioman 2nd Class. He then earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Maine and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Merrill served as Superintendent of Schools in Littleton, Massachusetts with 35 years of service. He then served as Professor of Education at University of Maine. He and his wife retired to Florida coming to New Smyrna Beach in 1997 from Haines City.   He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 64 years Wilma, daughters Jane Fronk of Sacramento, CA, Patricia Howard of New Smyrna Beach, a son Stephen Cobb of New Smyrna Beach, brother Floyd Cobb of Lee, ME, seven grandchildren Todd Pressley, Seth Pressley, Alison Fronk, Ryan Howard, Amy Pixton, Emily Colon, Jaysen Cobb and seven great grandchildren Hali, Devon, Aidee, Darek, Emma, Matthew and Owen. Memorial donations are requested to Lee Academy 46 Winn Road Lee, ME 04455.

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  1. Capt Rob says:
    04 Jul 2010
    Man oh man how do I even type something about one of the best friends I knew. Dude you are the man and have always taken a different view on things. I will miss you greatly Gramps, you have always been there for me and always ready to have a beer. We could of changed the world with some of our talks at Mc Kennas bar. You have been a wonderful influence on my family and will be forever loved. So enjoy that place up there and keep them in line. I will see you again my friend and will be ready to enjoy a cold draft beer with you again!

  2. Hali Howard says:
    04 Jul 2010
    Grampy was the most amazing great grandfather ever. He will be dearly missed.
    love you Grampy

  3. Amy & Rob says:
    04 Jul 2010
    Gramps, Gosh where do we begin! We were blessed these past 13 years to have you right down the street. Darek & Owen have been blessed to have there great-grandparents as Bampa & Bammy and visiting you both weekly during there visits you have taught them so much! You will be missed so much and it was such a shock but we are so glad you are out of pain and celebrating in heaven w/ your two daughters you lost and all the other family up there! We will continue to celebrate all the great things you have taught all of us. Thanks for being there! We will continue to take care of Gram! We love you and miss you dearly, Amy, Rob, Darek & Owen :)

  4. Iris D. Fields says:
    03 Jul 2010
    My prayers for you are for the comfort of the Holy Spirit during this challenging time. Your Father will always live in your hearts. May you be strengthened by the hope that you have of the eternal life you'll share with him in God's presence.
    With love and prayers,


  5. Ryan says:
    03 Jul 2010
    What can be said about Gramps that hasen't been said. I concidered him my second father, a shoulder to cry on when things were tough, and a mentor. There is a place in me that will never be the same. I love you Gramps and I wish I could of said it when it all came to an end. Enjoy heaven and know we will all meet again. Love you Gramps

  6. Jaysen Cobb says:
    02 Jul 2010
    Gramps, you were my hero. I always looked up to you. The best memories I have are the ones I spent with you and Gram going up to West Carry and making trips into Pierce Pond. We always got our limit in Brook Trout when we fished the outlet to West Carry Pond. You were always there for not only me but everyone else in the Family. You will be missed. Every time I drive up the Long Falls Dam Road and see Bigelow Mountain off in the distance I will be thinking of you.

  7. Philip Monaghan says:
    28 Jun 2010
    I am so sorry to hear of Merrill passing. I remember the good times when he took me to camp with Steve. Helped build the camp on Middle Carry. We had a beer or two and played 'scat'. It seems like just the other day and he will be a lifetime of memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. Don Gnecco says:
    28 Jun 2010
    Hi Wilma,

    I was so sorry to read of Merrill's passing in Sunday's paper.

    I have wonderful memories of many, many limericks that Merrill recited during the years that I worked with him in the education department at UMGP- Gorham. He was always so pleasant and so engaging, and his smile and wonderful sense of humor kept me - and others - positive.

    My favorite limerick is kind of bawdy and begins,
    "An ardent young couple named Kelly
    Were found stuck, belly to belly...."

    (You can use your imagination for the rest!)

    You are in my thoughts and prayers, Wilma.


  9. Diane Webster & Tammy Neptune says:
    27 Jun 2010
    If this is the same Merrill that we met while on vacation in March, on Pompano Beach, he was the loveliest man. Stole our hearts in all of 30 seconds. If this is Merrill from that trip, we were the two women that helped him take in water when he got seperated from his daughter in the hot sun. We have a great picture of your father, and we remember our short time with him as one of our fondest memories of that trip. We had no idea he was from Maine, and were saddened to read of his passing. There are no coinisidences in life, and our meeting was meant to be. Blessings to your family. We'll remember your father with great honor. Diane & Tammy

  10. Jim & Shirley Stirling says:
    27 Jun 2010
    Dear Pat & Greg....just received word about Grampy...He is definitely in a better place. Cherish your memories as he will always be with you.

    Love & Blessings

    Jim & Shirley

  11. Lorraine Ware says:
    26 Jun 2010

    Dear Wilma: So sorry to hear of Cousin Merrill's passing. I am so grateful for the nice visit you made with us awhile back. Losing your life partner is not easy, but our Heavenly Father- and your loving family will be your solace. God bless you and the family. Lorraine

  12. Emily (Howard) Colon says:
    25 Jun 2010
    You have been such a HUGE blessing in my childhood and adult life! Whether it was tutoring me through college algebra, helping me with my taxes, taking my children to get icecream, arriving at the family gatherings with a smile and a cold beer :), and mostly believing in Mike & I's dream to open a restaurant. You are and were the definition of greatness!!!! I wasnt ready for you to go, but I know that we will meet again in His kingdom...have a cold one waiting. I love you, Em

  13. Nathan Tandy says:
    25 Jun 2010
    Hi Wilma, I'm a friend of the Howards. My grandfather, Charles Hand, was assistant superintendent in Ayer, Ma at the time Merrill was superintendent in littleton. They rode together to meetings and became good friends. Merrill encouraged my grandfather to take the next step for his career in education. May God bless you and your family.

  14. Jim & Aggie Lutkus says:
    25 Jun 2010
    Dearest Pat words can't describe the loss you, Greg and your entire family are going through. Merrill accomplished many important deeds in his life but none compared to his love for his family. Our prayers are for God's holy spirit to envelope everyone especially your Mom with comfort and peace till we all meet again. All our love Jim & Ag

  15. Duane & Lisa Reed says:
    24 Jun 2010
    Sorry for not being able to meet you. You sound like a great man that we ( the world ) should have had the chance to meet. Friends of the Family. Duane & Lisa Reed

  16. Bob & Sue Covino says:
    24 Jun 2010
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat, Greg and the entire Howard family. In reading his obituary, it 's quite obvious he was a well educated and dedicated man. We also extend our sympathies to his wife.

    May GOD bless the entire Cobb/Howard families.

  17. Howard and Ellen says:
    24 Jun 2010
    God is in control always!

  18. Bonnie and Barry Birkett says:
    23 Jun 2010
    Pat, We were sorry to learn about your loss of your dad, and can only encourage you to hold on to what you believe about where he is now. He was a blessing to many people, and we are all blessed who know you and Greg, for he raised you up as a very special person.

    Blessings to you both, in Christ's name.
    Barry and Bonnie

  19. Carla & David Snyder says:
    23 Jun 2010
    May His peace help you through this time. You are all in our prayers. Although we never had the honor of meeting Mr. Cobb, we do know Pat, and he must have been a very special person to have a wonderful daughter like her.

  20. Marianne Luchansky says:
    23 Jun 2010
    My Deepest Heartfelt Smypathy to all of your family you are all in my prayers at this difficult time.
    Love Marianne Luchansky

  21. Jane (Cobb) Fronk says:
    23 Jun 2010
    Dad - Words cannot express the sadness we all feel at losing you. We were blessed to have you in our family for so long - but I wish for that one last chance to tell you how loved and admired you were by all of us. You gave so generously to all of us - your devotion and commitment to family was unwaivering. I hope you can see the love in all our hearts for you - and that it carries you safetly on your journey - till we all are together again.
    I love you. Jane

  22. Morgan Banning says:
    23 Jun 2010
    Mel was like another dad to me. He leaves a wonderful wife and family behind. His sense of humor and love of fun will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family for their peace and comfort in the loss of this very special man.

  23. John and Jeannie Merchant says:
    23 Jun 2010
    The loss of Mellie has certainly created a major void in our family circle. His sense of humor and laughter will live on in our hearts and memories for a very long time. Mellie's love for his family was most important in his life. We will miss him and cherish the memories we all created together as family.

  24. Ansil & Ann says:
    23 Jun 2010
    We are heartbroken at losing you Mellie. We are so thankful that we got to spend those two week ends with you and Wilma and to see the shuttle lift off together.
    God Bless

  25. Patricia Mary says:
    23 Jun 2010
    You were a well accomplished man Dad and we will forever stand proud of you. Thank you for all the wonderful things you did for us as a family. Our children, Ryan, Amy and Emily are absolutely saddened beyond words at your loss. They loved you as their second Dad. The great grandkids we so blessed to have you in their lives. We will remember you with smiles, hugs and love. We are a tight family and we stand strong. We love you Dad and we miss you.

  26. Pat & Bryan Morrison says:
    23 Jun 2010
    Pat, I know how it feels to lose a Dad & our prayers & hugs go to you all. He was a man of God I know so he is safely in the Arms. And I know God will wrap his arms around you all too. God Bless.

  27. David and MaryEllen Royce says:
    23 Jun 2010
    Our thoughts and prayers go with Wilma and to the extended Cobb family. We sat on the porch at West Carry and remembered all the great times from the 70's in grad school and the years afterward. As your family gathers together may they be blessed, as we have, with the memories of Mellie. We will see you all in the Fall in Lee.
    Love, David and MaryEllen

  28. Greg says:
    23 Jun 2010
    You will be missed by your children, grand children and your great grand children. You were so special to us all and very special to your great grand children. It will be impossible to fill your shoes. Love ya, Greg

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