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Merritt E. Brown III

1947 - 2016 Merritt E. Brown III, 69, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at his home in West Chesterfield, NH after a brief struggle with cancer. He was born on January 24, 1947 in Albany, NY to Dr. Jerome P. Brown and Betty (Pierce) Brown. He spent his early childhood in Menands, NY and then moved with his family to Charlestown, NH where he attended school and made many lifelong friends. In 1967 Merritt married Gale Morley and they had one son, Kristoffer Brown. In 1969 he received his G.E.D. and completed three semesters at Greenfield Community College in 1970 -1971. In 1976 he married Jennifer Tompkins and in 1978 Merritt graduated from the Hallmark Institute of Photography. Over the years he did light commercial photography, weddings and some posters and album covers for local bands. He also worked as a carpenter in both residential and commercial construction for many years. After retirement from the construction industry in 2005, he focused on building an impressive body of photographic art. Throughout his life, Merritt had a passion for music. He played percussion with several bands over the years, notably Clean Living. His many other interests included fly-fishing, golfing, traveling and camping. He loved the state of Wyoming, traveling there to hike, fish and photograph several times. He lived there briefly in 2007 and 2008. Merritt served the community as a member of the Chesterfield Fire Department for more than 3 decades. His service and his fellow firefighters were a very important part of his life. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jennifer Brown; his two sons Kristoffer Brown and his wife Julie, Douglas Reisinger and his wife Ellizabeth; five grandchildren Alex, Morgan, Mitchell and Ethan Reisinger, and Ivy Brown; three sisters Candace Brown, Heather Smith and Rebecca Brown; one brother Brooks Brown; and his two beloved shelties Stewart and Laona Mae. He also leaves behind a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and close friends who will miss him greatly. A memorial service is planned for late October. Details will be available on Merritt's FaceBook page. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Chesterfield Fire Department or the are requested.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 13, 2016
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