ANDOVER -Henry Richard “Hank” Mercier, 85, passed away on Wednesday (June 9, 2021) at home as a result of a lingering illness.
Mr. Mercier was born on March 15, 1936 in New York City to Raymond Omer and Dorothy (Moffatt) Mercier. Hank joined the United States Army, serving from 1954 to 1957. On April 17, 1967 he married Diane T. Tobin, who survives. In 1972 they moved to the Andover area and Hank pursued his Associate’s degree from Alfred State College in animal husbandry.
While living in the New York City area, Hank worked as a telephone splicer. He also worked at the New York State Department of Transportation for 20 years in both Andover and Friendship, retiring in 1998 from the position of foreman.
Along with his wife, Hank is survived by two sons, John Patrick Mercier and Matthew T. (Tina) Mercier of Andover; six grandchildren, Heather Gaus, Zoe (Josh) Rogers, Haley (Ryan Henry) Mercier, Anna Mercier, Samantha Mercier, and Ehren Mercier; five great grandchildren, Cody Igel, Connor Igel, Kaleb Gaus, Alexis Anderson, Isaac Rogers, and Amelia.
He was preceded in death by three infant children, Nina Therese Mercier, Nina Marie Mercier, and John Patrick Mercier.
Hank was a fan of all things “car.” He and his wife owned a 1964 GTO convertible, which was a regulation drag race car. He and Diane enjoyed the sport together. He also enjoyed target shooting and reloading.
At one time he caught himself on fire due to gas in the carburetor and he was thankful that he could at least remember to “stop, drop, and roll.”
Hank was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Lynch-Burgett American Legion Post in Andover.
Friends may visit on Sunday (June 13) from 1-4 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover on Monday (June 14) at 11:00 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.