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Jeremy B. Merrick

October 1, 1969 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old
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Jeremy Merrick Obituary

Jeremy Merrick passed peacefully from this life at his home on Block Island, December 26. He was welcomed into eternal life by his beloved, Nana Phelan.

Jeremy was born October 1, 1969 in Providence, R.I. He was the son of Marcia Phelan Merrick and the late Carl G. Merrick. He was the grandson of Bill and Harriet Phelan of Block Island and Dr. Edward and Aileen Merrick of Brookline, Mass.

Jeremy attended Narragansett schools and was an honors graduate of Suffield Academy and St. Lawrence University. He was the goalkeeper when Suffield won the New England Prep School Soccer Championship. Although recruited by several schools, Jeremy was unable to compete in collegiate sports because of concussions incurred on the playing field. He continued his association with athletics by becoming manager of the St. Lawrence varsity hockey team.

He was a dedicated New England sports fan and a staunch supporter of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics.

After graduation, Jeremy broadened his horizons by traveling from Central America to Southeast Asia and points in between. He had a passion for railroad travel and did two cross-country trips throughout the United States. He traveled by Eurail throughout Italy, Germany, France, England and Scandinavia. His sister, Maegan, accompanied him on portions of his European travels.

Jeremy had a special fondness for children and animals. He showered his nephews Reilly and Zack Hobe with gifts and affection. He was a firm believer in the doctrine of No Cat Left Behind. The stray cats in his eclectic collection were named for poets, authors, philosophers, musicians and figures in mythology. His cats gave him great comfort and joy and they lived pampered lives.

Jeremy was a voracious reader and his personal library contained hundreds of volumes. The book titles included religion, philosophy, theater, poetry, literature, history, politics, and sports. He could discuss any of these subjects intelligently in great depth.

As a result of the concussions of his youth, his later years were plagued by cognitive difficulties. A spinal condition that could not be alleviated by several surgeries caused him great pain and disability. As the years went by, the brighter days became fewer and darker days became more numerous. Throughout Jeremy's struggles, the one constant in his life was his devotion to his mother. The love he and Marcia shared was as strong as any bond could be between a mother and a son.

Jeremy will be sorely missed by the family he so dearly loved. He is survived by his mother, Marcia, her companion Rob Hoey, sister Maegan Merrick Hobe (Chris), nephews Reilly and Zack, Uncles Blake Phelan (Michele), Brian Merrick (Rebecca), John Merrick (Joanne), Chris Merrick (Barbara), Aunt Vicky Merrick and numerous cousins.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. in the Harbor Church, Block Island.  The burial will be private.

In Jeremy's memory, donations can be made to Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Block Island Feral Cat Initiative.

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January 6, 2024

12:00 PM


Block Island Volunteer Fire + Rescue
New Shoreham RI 02807


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