Edwin Howard Mercer Sr., founder of a waterproofing and garage door company, died of lung cancer Friday at his Mount Airy home. He was 70.
Mr. Mercer was born and raised on his family's dairy farm in Hoods Mill, Carroll County. After graduating from Sykesville High School in 1949, he worked on the dairy farm for 10 years.
He later was employed in the building supply business until establishing Mercer Waterproofing and Garage Doors in 1976. He was working in the business at his death.
Mr. Mercer was an avid card player and was especially fond of hearts, poker and pitch. He also liked watching National Football League games and attending family gatherings.
He was a lifelong communicant and former vestryman of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Sykesville.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 13135 Forysthe Road.
Mr. Mercer is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Eleanor Day; a son, Edwin H. Mercer Jr. of Sykesville; two daughters, Rachel E. Mercer of Catonsville and Nancy M. Boguski of Sykesville; five brothers, Robert H. Mercer and Harold E. Mercer, both of Hoods Mill, David C. Mercer of Sykesville, Richard T. Mercer of Hagerstown and Christopher H. Mercer of New Tazwell, Tenn.; two sisters, Grace M. Shaughney and Nessa M. Klein, both of Westminster; and two grandchildren.