Jun 072014

Frank Merrill SidmoreArt Campbell | The Groton Line

Frank Merrill Sidmore

Frank Merrill Sidmore, 95, a longtime former Groton resident, died June 5, 2014. Merrill was born in Salem, Massachusetts and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts, a son of the late Austin Roger and Marie Peterson Sidmore.

He lived in Groton, Massachusetts from 1957-1981 and in Largo, Florida from 1981-2000. He recently resided in Millsboro, Delaware; Fairfax, Virginia; and Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Sidmore served with the 1st Infantry “Red Arrow” Division in World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines. In his late 80s and early 90s, he spoke to his granddaughter’s American history classes about his World War II experiences.

He was a lifelong fanatic Red Sox fan and held Danvers High School pitching records for many years. He was very active in the Little League program in Groton and in the semipro baseball program in Danvers.

Merrill worked as an estimator at Murray Printing Company in Forge Village, Massachusetts for 30 years. He was a member of the Union Congregational Church in Groton, Massachusetts and the Amity-Mosaic Masonic Lodge in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Groton Country Club and played golf both there and in Florida until he was 82.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Paul Briggs of Millsboro, Delaware; his daughter-in-law Jeannie Sidmore of East Vassalboro, Maine; grandchildren Rebecca and Matthew Hutchinson, Dustie and Brian Lessard, Jennifer and Eric Mills, Jim and Rachel Sidmore, and Ashley Briggs; and 10 great grandchildren: Austin, Avery, Cameron, Charlie, Damon, David, Emily, Maggie, Mason, and Samantha.

Merrill was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Julia “Betty” Sidmore; his son, David Sidmore; his brother, Stuart Sidmore; his sister, Dorothea Eaton; and his granddaughter, Debra Sidmore.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church, 218 Main Street, Groton, Massachusetts with a service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Veterans History Project at http://www.loc.gov/philanthropy/giving/step2.php or send a donation to the Library of Congress, Development Office, 101 Independence Ave, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540. Please specify Frank Merrill Sidmore as the name of the person being honored as well as your (donor) name and address.