John "Jack" Merrick passed away peacefully on January 29, 2021. He was a longtime resident of Hanover, Mass., before retiring to St. Simons Island, Ga., in 1995. Jack was born to John L. Merrick Sr. and Margaret Magurn Merrick on January 19, 1928, and raised in Concord, Mass. He attended Concord public schools, then went to New Hampton School before serving in the Navy during World War II, after which he attended Bates College. He had a 30-year career with New England Telephone Company. Jack was an advocate for youth baseball leagues in Hanover and instrumental in bringing youth football to town in the early days of the Hanover Youth Athletic Association. He was also President of the Hanover High School Athletic Boosters. Along with enjoying his children's and grandchildren's sports activities, he was an avid animal lover. Jack was a loving husband to Mary Joan (Green) Merrick for 68 years. He is survived by Mary Joan, their three children: Bob Merrick, of Plymouth, Mass., Jan Gaynor and her husband Bruce of Norcross, Ga., and Meg Lyons and her husband Jeff of Portland, Maine; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The family has asked for donations be made to the Hanover Youth Athletic Association in remembrance of Jack Merrick, HYAA, P.O. Box 14, Hanover, MA 02339. Online condolences may be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com
. Arrangements entrusted to Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, Ga., 770-448-5757.