Mr. Mervyn Trotter
Editorial Department • Published 27 Sep 2012 09:30
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Mr. Mervyn Trotter
The peaceful passing occurred on August 9, 2012, of Mr. Mervyn Trotter, late of Derryvarymore, Derrygonnelly, in the South West Acute Hospital following a time of declining health.
Mervyn was born on May 26, 1928 at Derryvarymore. He was the eldest son of the late John and Harriet Trotter and brother of the late Sadie Ferguson, Winnie Emerson and Billy Trotter.
He was educated at the Mill School, Derrygonnelly before returning home to work on the farm. He later married the late Mabel Trotter (nee Stinson) and moved to the Monea area before settling back in Derryvarymore.
In April 1946, Mervyn commenced employment with Derrygonnelly Creamery, driving a lorry collecting milk throughout Garrison and Belleek, where he made many friends even going as far as taking people to school, work and church and on many occasions doing various messages for them.
He also drove the length and breadth of the North with tankers of milk to various factories, which he often reminisced about. He still enjoyed driving to Garrison and Belleek up until recently as he had so many happy memories there.
On leaving the creamery he took up employment with the Department of Environment working at Silverhill Depot for three years and then moved on to Fermanagh District Council where he drove a road sweeper for many years.
Mervyn was a very talented man who did everything to perfection; he enjoyed music having played numerous instruments including the violin and accordion. He was well known for his beautiful singing voice having sung at various concerts throughout his life.
As his health deteriorated he enjoyed listening to the grandchildren playing music and singing for him.
He was renowned for his meticulous vegetable garden having a keen interest in growing all types of vegetables and fruit. He enjoyed grafting apple trees and would have carried out this skill for many people. He enjoyed explaining and discussing his interest to people and especially his grandson.
A large number of people attended his funeral which took place from his home on Sunday, August 12, 2012 and was followed by a service in Devenish Parish Church. The service was led by the Rev. Canon David Skuce.
The hymns were: "O Lord my God when I in awesome wonder," "O Love that wilt not let me go," and "Nearer My God to Thee." Mervyn's granddaughter Eloise sang "The Lord is My Shepherd." The readings were by his son-in-law Liam and grandson Lee. The organist was Glenn Moore.
Burial took place in the adjoining Churchyard, followed by tea and refreshments in the Reade Hall.
Mervyn was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, his wife Mabel and grandson David. He is survived by his son, Victor, daughters Lucinda and Amy, sons-in-law Dave and Liam and grandchildren Eloise and Lee.
The funeral arrangements were by Austen Stinson of W.T. Morrison funeral directors, Darling Street, Enniskillen.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 27 Sep 12