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John Anthony Merrill

John A. Merrill, 75, peacefully entered eternal life on February 22, 2016. He was born on February 17, 1941 to parents Egidia L. DiBenedetto and Warren Mooney Merrill. He grew up in Bronx, NY where he met his wife, Margaret Mary Murphy, when she was only 5 years old and he was 11. He was a chief engineer for many years for NBC in New York, NY. In 1979, he was recruited by a small start-up company in Bristol, Connecticut known as ESPN Sports Center. He was one of the first employees of ESPN, and retired from the company after more than 30 dedicated years. Known as an animal lover, John will be greatly missed by his four-legged friends, Buddy and Brittany. He is survived by his five children, daughter Mary Cratty, son-in-law Michael Cratty, daughter Margaret Miguel, son-in-law Michael Miguel, daughter Michele Deeb, son-in-law John Deeb, daughter Monique McCall Oyer, son-in-law Harvey E. Oyer III, son, John Merrill, and 16 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Closer to Free Fund for Smilow Cancer Hospital, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508 or The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd, Newington, CT 06111.

Visitation will be Friday, February 26th between 4pm and 7pm at Dunn Funeral Home, 191 West Street, Bristol. The Funeral Liturgy will be 10am on Saturday, February 27th , in St. Anthony’s Church 111 School Street, Bristol, burial to follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Bristol. Please join us for a reception lunch at The Landings of Farmington, 111 Scott Swam Road, Farmington about 12 noon. www.dunnfh.com

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A candle was lit in memory of John Merrill

Colin Campbell Mar 3 2016 12:00 AM

Hi Michele,

My condolences on the loss of your father.
He was an affable and welcoming man from what I remember about him.


Colin Campbell.

Colin Campbell Mar 3 2016 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Feb 26 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Merrill

Barbara, Tim and Courtney Walker Feb 26 2016 12:00 AM

Michele, John and boys and family, We are so sorry for your dad's passing. Please know you all are in hearts and prayers.

Barbara, Tim and Courtney Walker Feb 26 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Merrill family. May you all find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Lee Martin and family Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

Michelle, John and family, we are sorry to hear of the passing of your dad Michelle. Our thoughts are with you, John, Jack and Chris and your family at this time.

Rick and Donna Gonchar and Family Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

On behalf of the parish of St. Anthony I would like to express my condolences to the family of John on the occasion of his death. We will pray for the happy repose of his soul.
Father Al Fontana, Pastor
St. Anthony Church
Bristol, CT

Father Al Fontana Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. It's hard to lose a parent, as you already know. May he rest in peace now.

Pat McGlynn Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

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