John T. Merriman

John T. Merriman, 88, of Norwood, NJ, formerly of New Milford, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 4, 2021 surrounded by his loving children. He was born January 16, 1933 to the late John T. and Christine (nee Larsen) Merriman in Washington Heights, NY. Beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (nee Dugan), who was the love of his life. Devoted father of Robert Dennerlein and wife Carla, Jean Marie Petro and husband Christopher, William Merriman and wife Jennifer and Richard Merriman and wife Traci. Proud grandfather of Rob, Mary Kate, Kristen, Sara, Jessica, Kelly, Emily and Patrick. Dearest brother of Elizabeth Gallagher and husband James, William Merriman and wife Christine and the late Robert and Michael.

John was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War. He attended Marquette University on the GI bill and was awarded the distinguished Wall Street Journal award for Finance. After graduating from Marquette, he worked for the NY Telephone Company for his whole career before retiring in 1989.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, John loved time spent with his family and was the proud patriarch. He spent many summers vacationing with his children and grandchildren on Long Beach Island.  In his spare time, he followed the stock market, completed Sudoku puzzles and always made time for a good joke.   He enjoyed Friday night pizza with his gang and poker with his buddies. He will be fondly missed by all who knew him.

Visiting hours are Monday, March 8, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory to Holy Name Hospice,

would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Sorry me and my immediate family didn’t get to know this consument family gentleman more than distance would allow. Our hearts go out to his children and grandchildren who will forever miss this giant of a man.
    Prayers and condolences from Gene Petro and family

  2. Sherrillan Atkinson

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. My prayers are with you and your family.



  3. Laura Rosbottom

    Rich, Traci and family,
    What a beautiful description of your father, Rich. You describe a man who lived a full and joyous life and left a legacy of love with you all. You are in our prayers for comfort and peace through the love of God and those around you all.
    May he rest in peace,

    The Care Team

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