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Rev. Merle R. "Skip" Pimentel

Rev. Merle R. "Skip" Pimentel, 86, former pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Ipswich and loving husband of Barbara A. (Newton) Pimentel, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in his Summer Street home following his long illness.

Born in Chicopee April 17, 1932, he was the son of the late Anthony and Olive (Bridges) Pimentel.  He was raised in Chicopee where he graduated from Chicopee High School with the class of 1949.  In 1955 he married Barbara Ann Newton from Portersville, PA and continued his education at Gordon College.  He graduated in 1961 with a M.A. and furthered his studies at Gordon Divinity School, graduating in 1964 with a Masters in Theology.  In 1961 The Rev. Pimentel became the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Ipswich where he served until his retirement in 1998. During these years he served on many local and professional boards. He was a member of the Ipswich Rotary Club, served two terms on the Ipswich Board of Selectmen, was a Trustee at Beverly Hospital, and was a board member on the Ipswich Partnership, Care Dimensions, Senior Care, Oak Hill, and the Ipswich Museum.

In retirement he and his wife Barbara enjoyed their many European travels, especially their gourmet travels to Italy.

He will be remembered by all as a caring and loving member of both our community and far beyond.

In addition to his wife Barbara of sixty-three years, he is survived by two daughters, Deborah M. Bassett and her partner Thomas Vitale of Ipswich, Susan E. Pimentel and her wife Marianne Kaltsunas of Dedham; brothers-in-law Sydney Floyd of Chicopee and Bobby Godbee of Ipswich, and several nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Carol Floyd formerly of Chicopee, and Nancy Godbee formerly of Ipswich.

His funeral Service will be held Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 pm in First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham, MA  01984. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. Interment will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.  

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