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< The Celebration of Life and Fellowship for Merle will be held Saturday, 2017-01-21 at the New Germany Rural High School commencing at 11:00 am.
< An allotment of time will be set aside for those family and friends who wish to say a few remarks to the audience. Every effort will be made to accommodate everyone who wishes to do so but we ask that the remarks be brief as time will be limited. Please private message Sherman Veinot if you intend to express some remarks. Late decision makers may register to do so at the event.
< If anyone wishes to contribute to the finger foods luncheon at the fellowship, Merleā€™s family will be very appreciative and thankful.
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pic1977 New Germany Rural High Yearbook

Merle Russell Veinot

November 16, 1943 - December 30, 2016

From: Publisher DanielMacKay

Goodbye, Merle. During your time as my math teacher at New Germany Rural High from 1976 to 1978, you changed out your intimidating Versalog slide rule hanging from your belt, to the first electronic calculator any of us had ever seen - battery operated and half the size of a loaf of bread. Your enthusiasm and, yes, flamboyance made math class something to look forward to.

A few years later, after university and coming-out, I returned to my home town - well, the big town near it, Bridgewater, for an LGBT Dance (in the LEAST expected place - the Wileville Fire Hall) and was floored to see you and many more of my favourite high school teachers and principals not at the margins, but as leaders of the tiny LGBT community there. For me, the dances were particularly appropriately named "Pride Dances" since they were organized by the men who I admired so much.

And, I've been proud to stay in touch with you for the forty years since I first sat in your class, and help promote the South Shore Pride events that you organized, and have very much enjoyed your quick wit and banter every time we were together.


Merle also served on the local executive of the NDP party and was treasurer of the Union Square Community Hall Association. He was also currently serving as a trustee for the Union Square Cemetery committee.