Henry P. Merrick, age 93, of Ashburn, VA, formerly a long time resident of Wheaton, IL, died on July 25, 2013 at Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center, Arlington, VA. He was born on January 16, 1920 to the late Patrick and Katherine Pickett Merrick.
Henry was born and raised in Bridegwater, Massachusetts and later moved to Manhasset, NY and attended Great Neck High School. After high school he attended the original DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois before being hired by Western Electric. Henry served in the US Army Signal Core during World War II, both in Europe and in the Philippines, obtaining the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1946. Returning to Western Electric after the War, Henry continued his career and education in telecommunications. Henry attended evening classes at Rutgers University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in 1961. One of the many highlights of Henry's career was working on the various types of telecommunications switching systems developed by Bell Labs, supervising the installation and maintenance of those systems across the United States. Henry retired as a Department Chief of Engineering with 44 years of service. In his spare time, Henry piloted his own plane and loved to golf and played through the age of 92.
Henry was the beloved husband of Catherine "Katy"Merrick, loving and devoted father of Patrick Merrick and his wife Rita, proud grandfather of Matthew and Christopher Merrick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Wednesday, July 31st at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 21370 St. Theresa Lane, Ashburn, VA. Inurnment with military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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St. Theresa's Catholic Church
21370 St. Theresa Lane
Ashburn, VA 20148

July 31, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  1. Dear Pat and Rita, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend. Our thoughts and prayers our with you. Keith and Teresa

  2. Dear Pat, Rita, Mat, Chris and Mrs Merrick, I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a very sweet man. He is no longer suffering and finally at peace with The Lord . My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless, Kari

  3. Goodbye and God Bless to a Real Gentleman. May you live on in the hearts of your loved ones and in the presence of the Lord.

  4. My "Uncle Goggy"! I have such vivid wonderful memories of Uncle Henry. He was always light and full of good humor, quick with the jokes. Now he is in Heaven for sure. Blessed that he had a long life like his sister, my mom. Our condolences. Much love, Helena, Cliff, Dan & Kevin

  5. Pat & Rita, So sorry to hear about Pat’s Dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Frank

  6. Dear Aunt Kay and Patrick, Uncle Henry will be with you in your favorite memories, shared history, and all the ways you touched each other’s lives. I will always remember Uncle Henry as a kind and thoughtful person. I really enjoyed his visit last year with us in Florida. He had such a great memory and shared his stories about his life. We will all miss him.

  7. Dear Katy and Pat, Hank was such a kind and generous man with so much love for his family and church. I know that he is now at peace in the loving embrace of his Lord.

  8. Pat: Gwen & I are so sorry to hear the passing of your father. May God grant his soul the eternal peace he deserved. Our prayers are with you, Rita, your mom and your sons. Always remember that everything can change in the blink of an eye. But not to worry; God never blinks. Continue to have faith in God.

  9. You are in my prayers Katy. May you find comfort knowing friends send you caring thoughts. Marty also sends love and prayers. God bless you, Patrick and family. Will remember Hank as always being so friendly and fun to talk with. Barb Sevenich

  10. You are in my prayers Katy. May you find comfort knowing friends send you caring thoughts. Marty also sends love and prayers. God bless you, Patrick and family. Will remember Hank as always being so friendly and fun to talk with. Barb Sevenich

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