Thomas Buxton Merritt Jr., age 67, passed away July 7, 2014. Tim, as he was known to family and friends, was born in New Orleans, LA to Thomas B. Merritt and the late Beulah Bertel Merritt. Tim was a dedicated family man. He was committed to family, church, students, athletes, and friends. After graduation from Jesuit High School, he attended The United States Military Academy at West Point, and graduated from Tulane University. He taught in Orleans and Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Following retirement from the Information Specialist position in Instructional Support Services in Jefferson, Tim taught at Christian Brothers School. He spent 35 years teaching and coaching children across the metro area. He touched the lives of students and athletes from Karr Junior High School, Riverdale High School, Bonnabel High School, Christian Brothers, Beach Club of Metairie, and Lafreniere Park as a teacher of mathematics and as a coach of swimming, volleyball, soccer, and bowling. Tim was most proud of his family. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, daughter Meghan, son Thomas Buxton Merritt III (TB), and his granddaughter Cassidy. He is also survived by his father Thomas B. Merritt, and siblings Preston Merritt, Abigail (Abby) Brown and Mary Margaret Cazalot. He was preceded in death by his sister Eugenie (Genie) Dunn. The family thanks the doctors and staff of the Family Practice Center along with Dr. Archibald Melcher and Dr. William Sherman. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, at 1:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 11:00am until service time. Interment will be private. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from July 9 to July 15, 2014