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Mervin Lloyd Summach
b.17 FEB 1922 Saskatchewan, Canada
m. 07 SEP 1909
  1. Teresa Geraldine Zummach1910 - 1912
  2. Lester Summach1912 - 1994
  3. Harold William Summach1914 - 2003
  4. Cecil Alexander Summach1916 - 2006
  5. Robert Norman Summach1917 - 1996
  6. Mervin Lloyd Summach1922 - 2004
  7. Marietta Doreen Summach1923 - 1978
  8. Edward Ivan Summach1927 - 1987
m. 17 JAN 1946
  1. Sheridene Susan Summach1947 - 1986
  2. Stillborn Infant Summach1949 - 1949
  3. Trent William Summach1959 - 1977
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Name[1][2] Mervin Lloyd Summach
Gender Male
Birth[3] 17 FEB 1922 Saskatchewan, Canada
Marriage 17 JAN 1946 Scotlandto Teresa Bridget Cairns
Military[4] 20 FEB 1946 L/Cpl M L Summach landed in New York on the Queen Elizabeth on February 20, 1946. He gave his next of kin as Mr. W Summach of Delisle
Death? 23 FEB 2004 Asquith, Saskatchewan, Canada
Burial? 27 FEB 2004 Asquith Cemetery, Asquith, Saskatchewan, Canada

Interview with Mervin Summach Conducted as a History Class assignment by Nori-Lyn Moffat, using a speakerphone and a small office recorder. The interview was the evening of October 10th, 2002. Rick was present, but he was not allowed to talk during the interview as a condition of her assignment. Side One
Nori – …my Dad’s here, but my professor said he wasn’t allowed to talk.

Rick – So I’ll say “Hi” for now and then I’ll be quiet.

Mervin – Oh, OK.

Nori – He’s not allowed to influence…

Mervin – Who’s the professor…Rick?

Nori – No. My professor at University.

Mervin – Oh, and he’s there too?

Nori – No, he…I told him I was doing this over the phone and he said that was fine as long as my Dad didn’t say anything.

Mervin – OK, Rick, you shut-up, eh.

Rick – Yea, I’ve been told to shut-up more than once.

(Laughter)

Nori – Alright

Mervin – OK

Nori – Dad’s just going to get it set-up to record.

Rick – It is.

Nori – Oh, it is?

Nori – OK, well, I am recording this, is that OK?

Mervin – Well, yeah as long as you don’t hold me…you know, lay charges against me for something that I say that I shouldn’t be saying.

Nori – Ah, you are family, you’re all good.

Mervin – I’m just kidding ya.

Nori – OK

Mervin – OK, fire away.

Nori – Alright, so, I guess I’m going to tell them it is October 10th.

Nori – How old were you when you…well did you enlist or were you drafted?

Mervin – I was drafted.

Nori – You were drafted.

Mervin – I was drafted when I was 20 years old and I received my draft notice in July of 42. I went in to Saskatoon. I was going to enlist in the air force and I was going to request Harvest Leave…I could work for my Uncle Fred for that fall, and they said “No, they need recruits right away. We can’t give you a leave.” So I said “OK, I wont bother with ya, I’ll wait till I get my Army call.” So I got my Army call for the 29th of December 42.

Nori – OK. Did a lot of people get draft notices in Asquith?

Mervin – Quite a few.

Nori – Really.

Mervin – Yep

Nori – I didn’t know that.

Mervin – But there were quite a few of them did go on their own because at that time people were very hard up, jobs were scarce, and a lot of people joined the Army or the Air Force or Navy or whatever, because they couldn’t get work. They were riding the rods to try and get work, different provinces.

Nori – Right

Mervin – Yep, so that was a meal for them and their clothing.

Nori – Well, that makes sense.

Mervin – Join the forces.

Nori – Right…so when you…you went to training you said in Canada?

Mervin – I done all my training out at the West Coast.

Nori – And what was that like?

Mervin – Oh, I would say good. Because I got to see all the West Coast. For somebody brought up on the prairie, and then to move out to the Coast there, I seen a lot of country.

Nori – Right

Mervin – And, ah, I was quite happy with it.

Nori – So they didn’t keep you in one spot?

Mervin – No, no. No, we moved around a lot. I can tell you all the different places but you wouldn’t be interested.

Nori – I’d be interested in a few. What did you do when you were in those different places?

Mervin – Well, I was one of the fortunate ones that after I…Ok, from (inaudible)…When I was called up, I had to report at Regina. And I was only there over night. And they fitted me up with my uniform and we were…we were sent out to Vernon B.C., that next morning. And that’s where I took my infantry training.

Nori – OK

Mervin – At then end of 4 weeks, they asked me if…how I’d like to work in a Company orderly room. As a Clerk. And I sort of laughed at it, you know, because I’m a farmer, see. But anyway, I took on the job, I was quite happy with it and I succeeded. From Vernon I went to…out to Nanaimo, to Victoria, to Port Alberni, to, ah, Port Coquitlam, ah, to Terrace, to Prince George…

Nori – You did go all over the place!

Mervin – And they also sent me in to Vancouver for a Clerk’s course and to learn how to type.

Nori – A farmer learning how to type.

Mervin – Yes..

Nori – That’s funny. I like that (Mervin laughs).

Mervin – yeah yeah

Nori – So when did they decide to send you over seas?

Mervin – Well actually we were supposed to be left out at the west coast there to fight the Japs.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – And that was on draft one morning for to go to the Aleutians. And that morning that I was out on parade and all ready to go and I felt very sickly that morning. And the sergeant major happened to notice me and he says “sonny, you were supposed to go to the M.O. this morning, and you didn’t”. And I says “oh my gosh I don’t want to go to the M.O. because I want to go with the boys to the Aleutians,

Nori – Right

Mervin – And he says “you go to the MO right now”. I had scarlet fever.

Nori – Oh no. Really?

Mervin – I was quarantined there at Victoria.

Nori – Oh…

Mervin – While the boys went to, uh, up to the Aleutians. But after the boys come back I was glad I didn’t go, because the majority of them were a bag of nerves. Because the Japs had left the Aleutians, but had left everything booby-trapped.

Nori – Oh really.

Mervin – Yeah, and some of them were, you know, if you don’t want to be inquisitive if you are in a place were there are booby-traps.

Nori – No…

Mervin – No, you don’t even want to straighten up a picture or something like that because that sets off the booby-trap.

Nori – Right, but…

Mervin – But anyway, I didn’t have to go and I’m still alive and well.

Nori – No kidding. I didn’t know that they booby-trapped the Aleutians. What kind of booby-traps did they use, do you know?

Mervin – Well they were a bomb that it only took the least little bit of movement to set it off. Like, you know like you go into the room and see a picture that is crooked and it is just human nature to go and try to straighten it up, you know. And that was all it would take to put off this bomb off.

Nori – Oh gosh.

Mervin – Or if you went to the toilet and flushed it, or in those days there was a pull-chain. That’s just an example of, well, they can booby-trap anything because…

Nori – Right.

Mervin – Because just anything you touch would go off.

Nori – So I can see why that would be nerve-racking.

Mervin – Well it would yeah, because they had to go through all the buildings in case somebody found some of the Japanese hiding.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – Yup.

Nori – So after that, I guess, when did they send you to Great Britain?

Mervin – They sent me the first part of uh, forty…forty-five. 1945.

Nori – Was that something you were looking forward to?

Mervin – Not really.

Nori – No…

Mervin – Because, huh, although I wasn’t uh too put out about it because in the army you are all brothers and you go wherever the rest you guys go, and you don’t care about anything else see?

Nori – Right.

Mervin – The only thing I was a little bit doubtful about was about when I got on that big ship to, at… at… at, uh…Truro, Nova Scotia, to go across to.. to Halifax, not Halifax…uh, in England. Uh, I guess I forgot the name of the place now… anyway.

Nori – Okay.

Mervin – But anyway, that’s, that was…that was a seven day trip all by our selves. We went unescorted because it was a fairly fast ship, and it would zigzag so that the submarines, if there were any submarines out there, they couldn’t get their targets aimed at you and when you were zigging and zagging all the time.

Nori – Really?

Mervin – No, for a guy that is brought up on the prairies, and then to get out on the big boat and get out on the Atlantic…it, it was an experience.

Nori – Were you very nervous about submarines?

Mervin – Not, not really. There was no use in worrying, there was nothing you could do about it anyway.

Nori – I guess that’s true.

Mervin – Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Nori – So what was it like when you got there?

Mervin – Well, the war hadn’t quit yet at all and the Germans were still sending over different kinds of bombs. The one bomb that they were sending over that was called the Doodle-bug.

Nori – Doodle-bug?

Mervin – Doodle-bug, yeah. That was a bomb that had a, like a motor that…and they said that “as long as you hear that noise, don’t worry about it. But it’s when it stops, that’s when its, it lands and explodes.

Nori – So, you heard them a lot?

Mervin – Yes, we heard them coming over us. Fortunately none of the motors stopped while we were underneath them.

Nori – Wow…

Mervin – Yeah, and my wife worked at uh one of the uh hospitals there down in Surrey. So that she was accustomed to all this bombing and so um.. and the big, and the worst thing about it, living over there, was when night fell, no lights outside at all.

Nori – A total black-out?

Mervin – Yup, totally, total black-out. And if you went outside and lit up a cigarette…look out, you’re going to be in trouble!

Nori – Really.

Mervin – Because that would…the German planes are flying over it, they would know then where to bomb see? Nori – Just from a, from like a little match?

Mervin – Oh yeah, the least little thing down below would be seen from up above. Oh easily.

Nori – So where exactly were you stationed?

Mervin – I was stationed…last year I took my infantry training I was stationed down in, in Surrey. In Friendly Green First, then Milford, which is fairly close to London. Just south of London, say about oh, fifteen-twenty miles.

Nori – So was it, I mean I’m sure from all the bombing did…was all the landscape just real bad ruined and like?

Mervin – Well not, not where we were stationed, we were away from the big centers.

Nori – Oh really.

Mervin – London, London got a lot of bombing because it’s a big center and that’s where the queen, the king and queen, used to live. And all your parliament, dignitaries…

Nori – So was a lot of people that had lived in London kind of leaving for the countryside?

Mervin – No.

Nori – No?

Mervin – No, that was, that was one thing about the English. To start with, when…when the bombs started falling, a lot of them all had bomb shelters to go down under. But after a few nights they didn’t even bother going down. I mean, they got so accustomed to the bomb raids and everything else, it didn’t worry them.

Nori – Seriously?

Mervin – Nope…

Nori – They just…

Mervin – It didn’t worry them. They were, they…oh, I’m telling ya. They’re…

Nori – Wow!

Mervin – If something like that was to happen…as well, okay look at September 11th a year ago, and uh the stink that was brought up in America over that. But during wartime, okay, your war started what, was it in thirty-nine? And then in forty-five. And the English and the Scots had to put up with that racket for six years. Five-six years. Nobody thought anything about its. Nobody thought anything about it.

Nori – Wow.

Mervin – Yeah, so.

Nori – So, did um, what was the people there like? Did they treat you real well? The soldiers?

Mervin – I tell ya, the English though the World of the Canadians.

Nori – Really.

Mervin – Yeah no, as for the Americans….

Laughing

Mervin – That’s a fact!

Nori – How could you tell?

Mervin – Because of the way that they treated us.

Nori – How was it different?

Mervin – I don’t know. They didn’t like the Americans. I think maybe the Americans were just a little bit…uh…they liked to be a little bit of a windbag.

Nori – Yeah…

Mervin - And they were getting more pay than what we were and they were acting the big shots. They could throw the money around whereas, the Canadians we were just humble, humble little boys from the prairies. We were damned tickled to get our $2.20 a day. I was getting…I was getting $2.20 a day which was a corporal’s pay plus 50 cents a day trades pay.

Nori – Really.

Mervin – So you can imagine what a private was getting. About a $1.50 a day!

Nori – Wow.

Mervin – We didn’t have any money to throw around. Not like the Americans. And the Americans, their uniforms were so much better than ours. (Laughing) Now what do you all think about that down in Texas?

Nori – I Like that (laughing.)

Mervin – What is your professor going to say when he hears that.

Nori – I hope he laughs.

Mervin – Is he a Texan?

Nori – He is but he is…he is really good about pointing out what the Canadians did in the war, so.. I think he would appreciate that.

Mervin – Yeah (laughing).

Nori – That’s great (laughing). So they were nice to you guys?

Mervin – Really nice. Really good. You know there was so many…clubs that would invite you out for say a supper, a dance after and everything else. They were forever entertaining the Canadian troops.

Nori – That’s awesome.

Mervin – Yeah, yeah.

Nori – That’s really neat.

Mervin – In fact, when people ask me how I, how I met my wife, I says I met her outside a pub.

Nori – Really.

Mervin – And at my, my mother-in-law’s place.

Nori – A pub at your mother-in-law’s?

Mervin – No, my wife’s mother-in-law.

Nori – Oh, your wife’s mother-in-law.

Mervin – My wife’s mother-in-law because she had been married before.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – And her husband got killed. He was in the Royal Air Force.

Nori – Wow.

Mervin – And so when we were outside the pub, singing, waiting for the pub to open this one night. This was on VE day. This big Texan come along and he says “Hey” he says, “my mother-in-law wants you guys to come up and entertain us.” I played the guitar and the other two guys sing. We had a trio, see.

Nori – Wow.

Mervin – And when I come up there, that is where I met my wife. At her mother-in-laws place.

Nori – That’s really neat. So did you guys hit if off that night?

Mervin – We hit it off, and that’s how I got my start.

Nori – That’s so neat.

Mervin – Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Nori – She worked in a hospital you said?

Mervin – Yup.

Nori – So she was a nurse?

Mervin – A mental hospital (inaudible.)

Nori – Did you ever make it into London at all?

Mervin – Oh, many times.

Nori - Many times.

Mervin – Many times, yeah.

Nori – Were the King and Queen still there during all this?

Mervin – Oh, yeah. But, but the thing is we never knew where they were because that was kept a secret.

Nori – Probably a good thing.

Mervin – Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Nori – So what do you remember of VE day?

Mervin – VE day, well to us it was more or less just another day. Except that we were going out to celebrate that night. That’s where we went down to the pub.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – And then in those days, the English closed up the pub at supper time and that’s when we were sitting out in from of the pub, singing. (inaudible) the pub to open when this guy comes along, invites us up to, to, to his mother-in-law’s place as well, see. That’s an example of their, you know, being so polite and so good to the Amer...us Canadians.

Nori – I’m so proud.

Mervin – Yeah.

Nori – So, let me see…When you were training did you ever strike up really good relationships with other boys, other soldiers?

Mervin – Always, had good, good friends. Really good friends, yup. And we were all just like, like brothers there.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – In fact when I come back from overseas, one of my best chums was drafted over to the continent. And, I lost track of him. But I had asked him to stand up for us when we got married. But he couldn’t get leaves. And from then on I lost track of him. So then about, oh was it a year and a half or so after, a knock came at the door one Sunday after I just got back from Sunday School. And it was my best friend! He, he knew where I come from because I told him see.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – But, but I couldn’t hunt him up. He told me that he come from Quill Lake and I called him there twice to inquire about where, where he lived. And they didn’t know him. But anyway, when he come back from the army he settled up around Red Deer, Alberta.

Nori – Oh, really.

Mervin – And he bought a farm there. So that’s why I couldn’t contact him but he knew where I lived, so he, he looked me up. What a surprise to see him walk in the door.

Nori – I bet that was real nice though.

Mervin – Oh, yeah, yeah. No, the, the fellowship in the army was just out of this world.

Nori – That’s really good.

Mervin – And it didn’t matter what, what race or nationality they were. I was friendly with, with Frenchmen right from France, not from France, from Quebec you know.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – Natives, Indians, everybody. We were all just the same. Yeap, fellowship was great.

Noir – I like to hear that. So when, when you went over there, I mean it was in early ’45, so did you guys think the war was almost over or did you think you were in for the long haul?

Mervin – We had…we had no idea of the war being over then yet…cause they was still fighting the Germans, and…and the Japs also.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – But I guess it was because of the atomic scare that brought the war to …ah, to an end. Because after VE day came VJ day, that’s when they…they dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and what not in…in Japan.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – And that ended the war. Very quickly then.

Nori – Right. Do you think that the dropping of the bombs was necessary, do you agree with it?

Mervin – Well, its…its debatable

Nori – Right. Mervin – But, had the war gone on or years, you’d imagine how many people are going to get killed by it.

Nori – Exactly.

Mervin – By dropping the bomb OK they were the ones that were invading…wanting to invade our West Coast and everything else. They started the war and they got what they deserved. The war ended as soon as they dropped the bomb.

Nori – So what about the…the actual going over to Europe and fighting on the continent. Do you feel that was necessary as well?

Mervin – Well that was the only way that you could, ah…(inaudible) forget which word to use…but to bring the Russians up, not so much the Russians as the Germans … their place because they had so many ? soldiers and they were going to go to Russia, They had taken over France, they had taken over Holland and how are you going to stop them but…but to send troops over to stop them there?

Noir – You definitely think that it was worth doing again if you had to?

Mervin – Yes…

Nori – I think I am all out of questions.

Mervin – Yeah. Well, let me ask you a question. Can I ask you a question?

Nori – Definitely.

Mervin – What do you think of Bush’s idea of invading Iraq?

Nori – It scares the heck out of me. I’m not sure that I want to support it, but if they think that’s the only way to stop it, then I don’t know what else to think.

Mervin – Well, you are in just about the same situation as we…we were with the Japanese during…during World War II.

Nori – Now I never thought of it like that.

Mervin – Because, look…look at the way they came into Pearl Harbour there. Bombed The dickens out of Pearl Harbour.

Nori – It was a terrorist attack.

Mervin – That was a terrorist attack. And if they hadn’t of been stopped later on, they’d have continued.

Nori – Yeah.

Mervin – So, ah…now as far as Iraq goes I think that that boy is going to have to be put in his place. But he should have been put in his place during the last, ah…oh, when they had that war before with Iraq and Iran.

Nori – Yeah, I know which one you are talking about.

Mervin – Yeah, yep, but that…that wasn’t Bush’s situation then. That was another president.

Nori – I never thought of it like that, I’m so glad you brought that up.

Mervin – Well, that’s my opinion Nori, you take it for what it is worth.

Nori – I think it is worth a lot.

Mervin – Well, thank you.

Nori – You’re welcome. I do, I do have two more questions. I wanted to ask you about the war brides. You said your wife was a war bride.

Mervin – Yeah, that’s right.

Nori – And she came over and joined an organization?

Mervin – Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Nori – What was that like?

Mervin – Well, that was so great to get all of the war brides that had come over to…come over from England, from Scotland, Wales, Holland, France and everything else. And to have these…It started out with a meeting, then it was a night of banqueting and dancing. And just real good fellowship, see.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – We started here in Saskatoon, and before long it just…just expanded so quickly from there to…to Regina, to Moose Jaw, then all over Saskatchewan. And eventually we had war brides coming from Alberta.

Nori – Wow. Because there were a lot of them then.

Mervin – Oh yeah, so you can imagine that a lot of the war brides coming…coming from these countries that…a lot of them knew each other, or heard of them, and they could always oh…tell each other some of their problems coming over here to a…to a country that didn’t have running water (laughing) outside (inaudible)

Nori – Oh, no.

Mervin – Oh Yeah. And our cold, cold winters.

Nori – I bet, on the prairies, too.

Mervin – With our poorly, poorly heated houses. Yeah.

Nori – That must have been fun.

Mervin – And then, the men…the men were also invited to all these…all these, these dos. Not to their meetings, but to the entertainment. To the banquets and the dances and everything else, so that was great. Everybody got together. I was…We got to know so many other people that…that my wife and I clicked it off, you know, and from all the different places. And, that was great.

Nori – So, were you going to these things right up until the present?

Mervin – Just before the wife died, yep. One year we would have it in Saskatoon, and the next year we would have it in Regina. We’d alternate.

Nori – Wow, I think that is so neat.

Mervin – Yeah.

Nori – What was it like to return to Canada after the war? For you?

Mervin – Well, I was pretty happy little boy you know. I couldn’t…I couldn’t wait to get started on the farm. Quick enough, but ah, I found out that I couldn’t buy a farm because I didn’t have any money to back me up.

Nori – Right.

Mervin – The Veterans Land Act would pay $15 an acre, and in order to…I did have a chance to buy land for $25 an acre. Good land. But the Veterans Land Act agreed to pay $15 an acre provided I let them have the title. For me to borrow the rest of the money from the bank, I couldn’t do it because they wanted to hold the title. And there I was.

Nori – Hmm.

Mervin – So I rented a half section for two years and then I went broke.

Noir – Oh No. Mervin – Then I had to start working for a living. So anyway, well I was working for a living doing odd jobs, any jobs I could make a nickel at. Ah, I had a chance to…to work at the Asquith Co-op driving a truck. While I was doing that I think, Rick’s Dad asked me to drive his bombardier for him when he was going out on trips. He was a vet, then.

Nori – That big kind of futuristic looking car? I think I saw a picture of that.

Mervin – The Bombadier?

Nori – Yeah, that was a really neat looking thing.

Mervin – Oh, that was a beauty to drive. (laughing) He would be going, practically day and night, and he would get tired.

Nori – I bet.

Mervin – So, I would drive and he would lay in the back and try to sleep.

Nori – I didn’t know you did that for Grandpa. That is so neat.

Mervin – Well, I don’t know that Rick would even remember it, he would be a pretty small little guy then to.

Nori – I will have to ask Grandpa about it next time I talk to him.

Mervin – Yeah, yeah, you do that.

Nori – So what did you do after that?

Mervin – I was there for 34 years at the Asquith Co-op.

Nori – Wow.

Mervin – I spent all my time there, till I retired.

Nori – Wow, that’s awesome.

Mervin – Yeah, that’s right. In fact…in fact you r Grandpa, Rick’s Dad, was on our Board of Directors for a while.

Nori – Really?

Mervin – Yep.

Nori – I didn’t know that either.

Mervin – Yeah…yep, and I don’t know for sure whether he may have been on the Board of Directors of the Asquith Credit Union for a time too. Rick could straighten you out on that, or straighten me out, I guess…

Nori – (laughing)

Rick – You are telling me stuff I don’t know, but I don’t know a whole lot about the family.

Mervin – No, I know, you were too young then.

Rick – Yup.

Nori – I’ll ask Grandpa.

Mervin – Your Dad will tell you though.

Nori – Definitely

Mervin – Well this has been very interesting.

Nori – This has been very great (end of side.)

References
  1. Asquith and District Historical Society (Saskatchewan). The Asquith Record. (Asquith, Saskatchewan: Asquith and District Historical Society, 1982), Page 313ff, Secondary quality.

    William Summach - page 313
    Mervin and Terry Summach - pages 314 and 315

  2. Obituary, in StarPhoenix. (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), C8, 26 Feb 2004, Secondary quality.
  3. Mervin Summach Phone Interview. Interviewers: Rick and Nori-Lyn Moffat, 10 Oct 2002, Primary quality.
  4. M L Summach, in Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. (Database on-line: Ancestry.com, 1857-1858), 1946, Primary quality.

    Name: M L Summach
    Arrival Date: 20 Feb 1946
    Ship Name: Queen Elizabeth
    Search Ship Database: Search the Queen Elizabeth in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Line: 28
    Microfilm Serial: T715
    Microfilm Roll: T715_7065
    Page Number: 154

  5.   Saskatoon Star Phoenix
    Deaths (02/26/04)
    SUMMACH _Mervin Lloyd, age 82, passed away on February 23rd, 2004. He is survived by his wife, <names of living individuals have been removed> and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife Theresa; his parents, William and Mary; an infant daughter; his daughter, Sheridene; his son, Trent; his brothers, Harold, Bob (Esther), Ted, Lester (Mary); his sisters, Teresa (infancy), Elaine (Bill) Green; Marietta Campbell; and sister-in-law, Elaine Summach. Mervin served overseas in WWII for 4 years and married Theresa Cairns in Scotland in 1946. They returned to Canada and raised four children together and managed the Asquith Co-op until Merv retired in 1983. They traveled and visited many places, including Scotland, Australia and Hawaii. They also enjoyed visiting family and many friends. Mervin loved animals and the outdoors and was a keen bowler and pool player. He was also very involved in the church where he enjoyed the music and playing guitar. In 1998 Theresa passed away and in 2002, Mervin married Lynn Elder. They enjoyed the short time they had together. The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 27th at 11:00 a.m. from Asquith Baptist Church with Pastor Percy Keith officiating. A private family interment wil take place prior to the service at the Asquith Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Asquith Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements entrusted to John Schachtel MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (978-5200).
    Saskatoon, Area Code 306