Mervin Ray Whipple, known as "Mr. Christmas," died Saturday night, April 17, 2010 in Putnam, Connecticut. I first heard about Mr. Christmas when a cousin submitted a 1999 article from The Day, of New London, Connecticut. (You can read that article on the Whipple Website.)
The Norwich (CT) Bulletin--and several other newpapers and news wires--have printed obituaries.
We'll miss you Mr. Christmas! Thank you for the good cheer you spread!
(Mervin appears in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/132302.)