Michael Stephen Merritt Sr. 74 of Red Bank, NJ passed away peacefully on December 24, 2018 at Bayshore Hospital in Holmdel, NJ with his family by his side. Michael was born on December 14, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating high school Michael met and married Theresa and moved to Middletown, NJ where they raised their family. For the past 27 years he has been with his beloved sweetheart, Susan Matthews where they continued to make a wonderful life together. In his younger years he worked as a truck driver and then eventually went to work for the family business Merritt Painting with his nephew and son. Michael is predeceased by his parents John and Gertrude Merritt, his brothers John and Steven, and his sister Trudy. Michael is the devoted father to Theresa Reasoner and spouse Mike Reasoner, Michael Merritt Jr. and spouse Lisa Merritt, Laura Merritt, Goddaughter Jen LaManna, and nephew Rich Merritt. He is the loving brother to his siblings Karen Kemp and Marilyn Stroin. Michael is survived by his grandchildren Christopher, Christian, Michael III, Julia, Michael, Nicholas, and Emma. Michael had many joys in life, some of which were coaching MYAA baseball for many years, bowling, golf, watching football, playing with his dog Sheba, and eating as his favorite restaurants Shiki and Outback and one historically failed attempt at skiing with his son Michael and nephew Rich.
Michael will be reposing at the Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home 1735 Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748 on Thursday December 27, 2018 from 4 – 8pm. A Service will be held in the Funeral Home Thursday night at 730pm.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Michaels name to Shore Center for students with Autism. Please make the check out to Shore Center PVG. Mail to 100 Tornillo Way, Tinton Falls, NJ 07712.