Merle H. Laidlaw



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Rochester: Thursday, December 13, 2007. Merle passed away peacefully, with his daughters by his side at the age of 87. He is the son of William and Adelaide, born on April 15, 1920 in Hammond, NY. He graduated from Hammond High School in 1938. Predeceased by his wife, Helena Wainwright Laidlaw. Survived by daughters, Jane Lyth and Amy(Michael)Quattrociocchi; grandchildren, Laure and Max Quattrociocchi; little buddy, Logan; Sister-in-law, Helen Mack; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was a retired farmer, an Agway retiree, a 63 year member of Hammond Masonic Lodge No. 861 and sang in numerous choirs throughout the years. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, December 22, 3PM in Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3000 Dewey Ave. where a Masonic Service will be held at 2:30PM. Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lifetime Care, 3111 Winton Rd, South, Rochester,NY 14623. The family gives a special thanks to the nurses and staff of the 4th floor of St. Ann’s Home, and to Lifetime Care for their tremendous care, love, and support during Dad’s final days. You will always be remembered.


  1. Bruce & Charmaine Tusler on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jane , Amy, and Family, So sorry to hear of Your Dad’s passing. Merle and Your Mother were such great parents, and upstanding members of the community. I always respected Both of Them. In Your sorrow be it known that You and Your Family are in our thoughts and prayers…….God Bless!! Sincerely, Bruce & Charmaine Tusler 104 county rt. 43 massena, n.y. 13662

  2. Kurt S. Laidlaw on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I remember Merle fondly from my couple of visits to the North Country and through correspondence on family ancestry. He is sorely missed.

  3. Kelly & Glen Pehta on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Jane & Family: Our condolences to your family at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We won’t be able to attend your Dad’s service today due to a prior commitment; but we will be with you in spirit. God Bless.

  4. Stuart "Shortie" & Sue Marquart on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Jane, Amy & families Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, both your Mom & Dad were my salvation in my early days of my Hammond Agway days. If not for them, I doubt if I’d survived! Merle never hit that little white ball very far when we use to play golf, but it was always down the middle of the fairway, unlike me, long to the left then long to the right, as I get older I’m getting better, short to the left, short to the right now. Always liked seeing them at field days, want to let you know our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. Shortie & Sue

  5. Mary Wade (Addie's Daughter); Sandy & Jack Moline (Addie's Granddaughter) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Jane, Amy, and Family: We were so sad to hear of Uncle Merle’s passing. Ahhh … so many happy memories! We truly miss all the good times in Florida with your Mom and Dad. Our love and hugs to you both. Mary, Jack and Sandy

  6. Amanda Woodworth-Acito on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Merle, I never had the pleasure of knowing you except through your daughter Amy’s stories. You must have been a wonderful man to have raised such a warm and caring family. God bless you, you are at peace.

  7. Carla Gates on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our prayers are with Uncle Merle’s family at this time. Wayne, Carla, Carlton,Carlee, Carson, Claire and Wayner Gates

  8. Barbara Gotham (daughter of Ethel Spahn, former St. Ann's resident) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to read of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. From the short time I knew your Dad at St. Ann’s I remember his great singing voice when the residents gathered in the TV room on the fourth floor. Peace be with you at this holiday time. Barbara Gotham

  9. Patrick Gibson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Sorry about your loss. I remember Merle fondly — he was a wonderful man with a great spirit.

  10. Tish Demick Reifensnyder on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Amy, Jane, and your family, I will always think of your Dad with great fondness and admiration. I’ve missed both your Dad and Mom for some time now. I enjoyed meeting Merle and Helena on the summer camp road, catching up on our mutual family news and reminiscing. It always made my day just that much nicer. Take care.

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