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Updated: 02/01/2014 08:00:00AM

Donald M. Mercereau

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Donald M. Mercereau

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Donald MacClean Mercereau, 88, of Venice, Fla., passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

He was born July 16, 1925, in Staten Island, N.Y., and moved to Venice, Fla., in the late 1970s from Pennsylvania, where he had resided for many years.

Donald was a retired Sandy Hook, N.J., harbor pilot; a World War II veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard; a volunteer and past president of the board of the American Cancer Society Venice Unit; past commodore of the Venice Yacht Club; past president of the Caledonian Society of Florida West; a member and treasurer of Master, Mate & Pilot in Tampa, Fla.; and past president of the Scottish Heritage Society.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Claire Schweizer Mercereau; daughter Susan Vogt and son-in-law, Stephen Vogt, of Pennsylvania; daughter Barbara McClain of Tennessee; daughter Janet Bordeau and son-in-law, Randy Bordeau, of Florida; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Don was predeceased by their son, Donald, and daughter Diane Bernstel.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to HealthSouth and Tidewell Hospice for the loving care they both provided during Don’s last days.

Donald was a kind, gentle soul and was loved by everyone who ever met him.

Services: A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Venice Yacht Club. Cremation arrangements were made by National Cremation Society.

Contributions: The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory be made to any of the following: Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 23238; The Venice Yacht Club Foundation; Wounded Warriors; or the American Cancer Society.