Deborah Ann "Debbie" Merry

July 7, 1967March 29, 2017
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Merry, Deborah Ann, age 49, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, March 29 at the QEII Halifax Infirmary. Debbie was born July 7, 1967 in Montreal, Quebec. She was a talented business woman, a natural leader and accomplished many things in her 49 years. In addition to Debbie’s many roles in educational publishing, including National Marketing Manager for Pearson Education Canada, she was also a successful entrepreneur. Debbie along with her former partner, co-founded Green Gym Outdoor Fitness Equipment. The company won several awards including Halifax Chamber of Commerce bronze for Small Business of the Year, and named Debbie specifically as honorable mention in the Canadian Entrepreneur of the year category at the 2011 American Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Her company was also featured on Dragon’s Den more than once. Following this venture, she accepted the role of Director for the Center of Arts and Technology & Health Studies. Most recently, Debbie held the esteemed title of Director of Executive Education for Dalhousie University. She was heavily involved with the Chamber of Commerce and active within the local business community. Debbie’s knowledge of industry, education and her ability to nurture relationships with everyone she met helped her achieve great success over the years. Debbie always said that her greatest accomplishment was being a mother to 3 amazing children, Will , Maya and Shylee. She lit up whenever she spoke about her children and was so proud of each one of them. Debbie was fortunate to have been married to Will’s dad and they maintained a positive co- parenting relationship during his upbringing. She was also blessed to find a partner in Maya and Shylee’s dad and they continued to work together to raise the girls. She loved to travel and was fortunate enough to do so throughout the United States and Canada often through her work. She spoke often about her recent trip to the Grand Canyon with her parents as being one of the most memorable vacations of her life. Debbie was the kind of woman who spent her entire life encouraging others around her to succeed. She had a gift for bringing out the best in people and she loved to share in their success. She was smart, nurturing, kind, beautiful inside and out and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Debbie is survived by her son, William (23), daughters, Maya (11) and Shylee (8), parents Franklin and Ethel (Larade) Merry of Cheticamp, brothers Kevin (Synnove) of Norway, Frank (Fiona) of Dartmouth and Brian ( Kazue) of Banff, and her 5 nephews, Benjamin (25), Nicholas (22), Eric (21), and twins Peter and Paul (16). Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 5th between 2-4PM and 7-9 PM at A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home at 217 Portland Street, Dartmouth. A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held on Thursday, April 6 at 2PM at St. Paul’s Church at 199 Windmill Road, Dartmouth by Father Charlie Burke A Trust Fund has been set up at the Bank of Nova Scotia, MacDonald Bridge Branch, at 112 Wyse Road, Dartmouth. This fund will help to ensure that Debbie’s daughters, Maya and Shylee, will never have to worry about the costs associated with Post-Secondary Education.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, April 6, 2017

Deborah Ann "Debbie" Merry

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Greg Petrie

August 9, 2017

My condolences to Debbie's family. She will surely be missed as she was a great lady and even greater mother.

shylee merry-shaham

August 1, 2017

i will miss her so much. she was the best mother ever.

Megan Pettipas

April 25, 2017

I was so incredibly saddened to hear of Deb's passing. My deepest condolences to the family, especially Maya and Shylee. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brendal Townsend

April 11, 2017

I didn't know Deb, but she sounds like an amazing mother, colleague, and woman. I am so sorry to hear about her passing and leaving behind three beautiful children. All the best to her family at this time. - Brendal Townsend

Viola Caume

April 11, 2017

Our thoughts are with Deb's family during this difficult time. She will be missed by all her work family at the Rowe School of Business. Take care.

April 11, 2017

Sending out my condolences to Deb's children and Family.
God Bless. Hugs

Angela Welburn
Chester Basin, NS
(Dalhousie University Club)

Peggy Cunningham

April 10, 2017

I have known Deb for many years, first as my book representative at Pearson publishing and then as a colleague at Dalhousie. Her vision, energy, vibrancy, drive and intelligence made her a wonderful colleague and friend. She will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathy to her children and parents.

April 10, 2017

Sending my condolences to the Merry family. Debbie was a childhood friend and fellow dancer. She was a joy to dance with and a beautiful spirit. We had many adventures growing up in a close knit neighbourhood where families enjoyed the beauty of looking out for each other's children. Debbie warmth and spirited heart contributed to all of her childhood friends and dancers at Dartmouth Dance Academy. My mother Jacqueline and I have so many memories of our years together.
Caroline Dobson ( Moriarty )

Michelle Hunter

April 6, 2017

My deepest condolences to Deb's family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a lovely service and it was good to see so many people come out to pay their respects. Deb was a very accomplished woman and she had a wonderful spirit; she will be truly missed in the halls of Dalhousie. Michelle Hunter (a Dal colleague)

Shannon Phillips

April 6, 2017

I am so saddened by the loss of this smart, amazing woman. I worked with Deb for many years at Pearson and she was a wonderful mentor and friend...I will never forget her. My thoughts and prayers are with Will, Mya, Shylee and all of her family throughout this difficult time.