BUCKSPORT – Fred Blackman Merriam, 56, died June 29, 2004, at home. He was born Aug. 30, 1947, in Rockland, the son of Doris and Paul D. Merriam. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1965. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he served on the USS Humboldt for two years and was then stationed on Nantucket Island, Mass. After receiving a degree from Beal College, he worked at Maine Distributors for 30 years as an operations manager and head of technology. In the 1970s, he was an active member of the Bucksport Area Jaycees. He was also an active member in the Sub five-track club, serving as president for three years and was the voice of Maine running on WZON sports radio. In 2000, he created his own race results company called “How’d I Do?” Fred enjoyed running, kayaking, island hopping, and playing the steel drums with Steel Appeal. Fred is survived by his wife, Joan Merriam; children, Traci Merriam of Bucksport, Jason Merriam and wife, Amy Campbell, of Rockport, Aaron Merriam and wife, Julie Merriam, of Cape Elizabeth; grandchildren, Nicholas Merriam and Sarah Merriam; father, Paul D. Merriam of 72 Mechanic St.; siblings, Gilly Merriam of Owlshead, Kendall and Phyllis Merriam of Richmond, Robert and Barbara Merriam of Bangor, Mark and Paula Merriam of Owlshead, and Joy and Bob Peters of Mexico, Maine; father-in-law, Fred Morong of Camden; in-laws, Keta Martin of Camden, Wayne and Caroline Morong of Camden; loving friends, Peter, Faith, Mike, and Ellie Carr; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Parker Merriam; infant son, Allan Merriam; mother-in-law, Ruth Morong; and mother, Doris B. Merriam. There will be a memorial service 3 p.m. Monday, July 5 at the Bucksport Waterfront on Flag Point with a reception at the Elm Street Congregational Church Hall following the service. Donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society, P.O. Box 1111, Bucksport, ME 04416 to help complete the final touches on the Bucksport Area Auditorium.