Merle A. Dence, Jr. died peacefully at home on May 5, 2023, surrounded by his devoted family. Born on June 24, 1938, he was the son of the late Merle and Edna Dence. Merle was predeceased by his brother Jim, in 2020. Raised in Schenectady, New York, he attended Nott Terrace High School and continued his education at Northeastern University. His career as a computer software engineer and manager followed his service in the U.S. Navy.
Curious and self-taught, Merle enjoyed a wide range of interests and hobbies. His favorites included woodworking, fishing, golfing and wonderful times with his family on Cape Cod. For his courage, his humor, and his guidance, he will be greatly missed.
Merle is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Mary Ann, his daughter Melissa Masi and her husband Bob, son Mark and his fiancée Trish Blank, and his grandchildren Allison (Alex Henson), David, Hana, Bennett, and Gabe, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are private, with a celebration of Merle’s life planned for early summer.
Please consider a donation in Merle’s memory to Sudbury For Wounded Warriors www.sudburyforwoundedwarriors.org , or The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, www.thefamilypantry.com .
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