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Mar 1, 2016 4:06 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Myron 'Ron' Merrill Of Hampton Bays Dies February 27

Mar 1, 2016 4:06 PM

Myron “Ron” Crawford Merrill of Hampton Bays died on February 27, surrounded by his family during a three-week illness. He was 83.

Mr. Merrill was born in New York City on March 20, 1932. At the age of 10, growing up in Woodside, he met a tall beautiful blonde 9-year-old girl with soft green eyes and a smile that melted his heart. He fell in love with her instantly and told her he would marry her one day. She laughed.

When he was 12, the family moved to Miami, where he later attended Miami Edison High School and played on the baseball team and was a shining star on the track team. He was fast and he loved to run. He would tell of how he once entered a Greek track meet under a made up Greek last name so he could compete for the fun of it. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and headed to camp Lejeune in North Carolina. With two days in front of him before he was to report to duty, he drove to New York to find the beautiful blond girl, Abigail Blowes, he had not seen since he was 12. Although her family had moved, he tracked her down and showed up in her high school principal’s office asking to see her. He told her he was getting shipped overseas. They were inseparable the weekend that followed and they stole weekends and trips together whenever possible while he finished his duty to the Marines and she completed college. Eventually they married and had three daughters, Dawn Jacqueline, Donna Jane and Diane Julia

Mr. Merrill was a salesman his entire life and nothing made him happier than meeting people and helping them when he could. He was also an avid collector and was sought out from as far as Germany as an authority war medals, model airplanes and military guns, some dating back to the Revolutionary War. After attending night school at the University of Miami and working with his mother and father, Dorothy and Bob Phenecie, at their family business, Hoffman Office Supplies in Miami Springs, he started his own business forms company and called it DJ Forms, after his three daughters. After successfully building the business, he moved his family from Hialeah to the Country Club of Miami where the couple enjoyed tennis and golf and the many friends they met. He was active in the association and committed to protecting and preserving the Country Club and the golf courses up until the end.

He also designed, built and enjoyed his waterfront home in Hampton Bays, where his family enjoyed the summers every year of their lives. Annual July Fourth celebrations were a highlight for the Merrill family and the entire extended Blowes family of 80 or more. Days were filled with waterskiing and tubing, backyard volleyball, dining on giant broiled Long Island lobsters and butter, fabulous fireworks shows at night and laughter all weekend long.

He is survived by his wife, Abigail Sharon Merrill; and his three daughters; a son-in-law, Danny Clanton; and two grandchildren, Cameron Chadsey and Abby Clanton.

A funeral arrangements were under the direction of the R.J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Hampton Bays. A funeral Mass was held March 5 at the Church of St. Rosalie, followed by burial at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton.

Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Children’s hospital, shrinershospitals.org, or to Wounded Warriors, woundedwarriorproject.org.

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Myron's name is misspelled in the heading.
By Marty Blowes (2), east quogue on Mar 1, 16 4:55 PM
Thanks for making the correction. I am not sure why you don't show his picture but hopefully it will be in the newspaper.
By Marty Blowes (2), east quogue on Mar 1, 16 7:45 PM
how do i look up obituries for aug.25 2015 Hampton Bays East
By JDPD61@AOL.COM (10), HAMPTON BAYS NY on Mar 9, 16 10:15 PM