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Roger J. Merrill, Jr., 90, died peacefully on Feb. 27 in his home. He was born on Sept. 15, 1930, in New Haven, the son of Roger and Lucille (Cosby) Merrill.
Upon graduating high school, Roger enlisted and served in the United States Air Force as airman first class (Germany). He was a faithful member of the 2nd Company Connecticut Foot Guard. Roger rose through the ranks to sergeant major, and after serving actively for 55 years and never missing a reunion, retired to brevet captain.
In 1956, Roger married Jean Santa Barbara and eventually settled in Branford. Roger and Jean were avid cruisers and enjoyed a night at the casino. Roger and Jean celebrated 54 years of marriage before her passing in 2014.
Roger loved to tinker! He worked for Coca-Cola, UI as a lineman, and eventually owned his own lawn mower repair shop. Roger loved the New York Yankees, Entenmann’s sweets, and a good joke.
In addition to his parents, Roger was predeceased by his wife Jean. Roger is survived by his brother Richard Merrill and sister-in-law Thelma of Branford, nephew Rick Merrill of Cheshire and his wife Doreen, nephew David Merrill of South Carolina and his wife Lori, nephew Chris Merrill of Massachusetts and his wife Tina, and nephew Michael of Branford. Roger’s grandnephews and grandnieces are Clay, Bryce, Lexine, Ryan, Patrick, Michael Jr., Daria, and Daniel.
Roger will be remembered fondly by his goddaughter, Tracy Wetmore of New Hampshire; Robert and Brooke Hopkins along with their daughters Kate, Kristen, and Kerry of Woodbridge; and Ray Matthews, close friend of over 55 years.
Calling hours will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 5 at W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford. Burial will be immediately following at St. Agnes, 295 East Main Street, Branford.