Melvin G. Merrill, 87, formerly of Shelburne, died March 17, 2013. He was a retired materials manager at Simmonds Precision in Vergennes and a yacht broker for Bruce Hill Yacht Sales at Shelburne Shipyard. Born Aug. 3, 1925, in Waltham, N.Y., he was the son of Eric and Blanche (Evarts) Merrill. He attended high school in Port Henry, N.Y. He also played saxophone and clarinet for the popular band “The Vermonters” from 1945 to 1962. He loved “his” Lake Champlain and shared it with family and friends on many boating excursions. His gentle heart, quiet generosity, and determined spirit will be our fondest memories of Mel. His smile will live on in our hearts. We will miss you, Mel! He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Merrill of Summerfield, Fla.; daughter, Anne (Merrill) Patch of Venice, Fla.; son, John M. Merrill of Burlington. Also surviving are three stepchildren, Carole Cleland-Everett of Oklahoma, Roxanne (Cleland) Walczak of Minnesota and William “Bim” Cleland of California; along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held March 30, 2013, in Lady Lake, Fla. To send a message to the family, please email www.beyersfuneral home.com.