Carl G. Merrick, 68

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 3:45pm

Carl G. Merrick, 68, father of island residents Jeremy Merrick and Maegan Merrick Hobe, passed away peacefully in his home in Brookline, Mass. on Friday, May 24. He was the former husband of Marcia Phelan Merrick of Block Island and Laura Larsen Merrick of Brookline, Mass.

Carl was born June 15, 1945 in Brookline, one of 10 children of Dr. Edward and Aileen Mahoney Merrick. He attended Brookline schools, Norwich University and received a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Massachusetts. He was employed in the lodging and food service field and was general manager in various establishments through out the Boston area including The Holiday Inn at the Government Center, Matt Garrett's and the Rusty Scupper in Providence. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during the Vietnam era.

Carl's love of Block Island began at an early age, vacationing at the family home "Westward Ho," which was the former lifesaving station at Cooneymus Beach. His family later purchased and operated the Bellevue House on High Street.

Carl, also known as "Hoagie" on the island, spent many summers working at island establishments including the Ocean View, Smuggler's Cove and the Yellow Kittens. His fondest summer memories were "the lifeguard years" at State Beach with Clif Payne, Bobby Campbell, Blake Phelan, Danny Hart, Freddie Howarth, the Mooney Brothers, Mike and Terry and the McAloon brothers, Vin and Terry. His sense of humor and love of a good joke were legendary. When there was a party going, Carl's 6-foot, 6-inch frame would be found in the middle of it. His distinguishable laugh roared above all others and he saved his loudest laughs for the punch lines of incomparable storyteller, Dan Millea.

Carl leaves behind a band of brothers including his twin Ned, Brian, John and Chris and sisters Viki and Lee, numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved grandchildren Reilly and Zack Hobe and son-in-law Chris Hobe. He was predeceased by his brothers Michael and James Merrick and sister Ann Dale.

A celebration of his life will be held on island at the Beachead on June 13 at 1 p.m.