Merton W. Hance, Sr., age 75, of Canton, NY, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. There will be no funeral services or calling hours. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg.
Merton is survived by two sons, Merton W. Hance, Jr. (Joe) and his wife, Nora, of Ogdensburg, Alton Edward Hance and his wife, Kim, of Morristown; two daughters, Janet Ritchie of Ogdensburg and Bobbie Jo Jameson and her husband, Michael, of Ogdensburg, NY; two sisters, Barbara Planty, of Rome, NY, Roselda Leduc and her husband, Andre, Quebec, Canada; one brother, Berton Hance of Hopkinton, NY; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a daughter, Rose, in infancy; six sisters, Emily Bercume, Agnes Savage, Maribelle L. Locke, Elsie Poirier, Judith Ann Chenail, and Pauline McMartin; two brothers, Silas Hance, killed in Korea during Korean War and James R. Hance.
Merton was born on July 15, 1942, in Pierrepont, NY, the son of Benjamin C. and Rose M. Davis Hance Merton. He attended local schools in Hermon-Dekalb area. A marriage to Carol Poore ended in divorce.
Merton enjoyed dancing, singing karaoke, the New York Yankees, watching WWE, riding motorcycles in his younger days, and fishing.