John C. Merrick of Pawling, NY died peacefully at Putnam Ridge on August 15, 2022. He was 83.
Born in Brewster on April 30, 1939, he was the youngest of three sons born to the late Richard Merrick and Mildred (Hawley). He attended Brewster schools when he wasn’t working on the family farm at what is now Mt. Ebo. It was where he learned to be a tractor mechanic that gave him his start at PhilBeths in Patterson working for Phil and Elizabeth Pickney. He then turned that start into a long career working at the Town of Southeast Highway Department for 21 years which is where he stayed until his retirement.
He is survived by his daughter Debbie Merrick of Pawling and Garvin Brunow and his son Philip Merrick and his wife Mary of Murphy, NC. His grandchildren Jamie Kelsey of Dover Plains, NY, Travis Merrick and his wife Sarah of Kerhonkson, NY, Lindsey Caldwell and her husband Anthony of Fort Benning, GA, and Cassandra Merrick of Murphy, NC. His six Great Grandchildren Ryan Jones of Dover Plains, Matthew Jones of Millbrook, Greyson Merrick and Emmett Merrick of Kerhonkson, and Edison Caldwell and Emelia Caldwell of Fort Benning. He is also survived by many others that loved him.
He is predeceased by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law Lee and Mildred Merrick, his brother Asa Merrick, his grandson Scott Merrick, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Thursday, August 18th from 3-7 PM at the Horn & Thomes. Inc Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY. A graveside service will be conducted on Friday at 11 AM at St. John’s Cemetery, Pawling.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Cardinal Hayes Home for Special Children in Millbrook, PO Box CH, Millbrook, NY 12545.