John "J" L. Meric Jr.

November 5, 1962September 20, 2013

John L. "J" Meric Jr. November 5, 1962 - September 20, 2013

J. L. Meric Jr., 50 , of Sarasota, FL, formerly of New Orleans, LA, died on September 20, 2013.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home in Sarasota, FL.

J was a graduat of the University of Florida in 1985 and received his MBA from the University of Central Florida in 1986.

He is survived by his loving wife, Melissa Saez Meric; daughters, Chelsea Renee, Haley Ryan and Sydney Reese; and his parents, John Meric and Sue Ryan of Eustis, FL.



  • Family & Friends Gathering Tuesday, September 24, 2013

John "J" L. Meric Jr.

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Cheryl Jeffreys Kreller

October 28, 2013

John and Sue, Dad and I were shocked to hear about J. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you both and J's wife and children. Cheryl Jeffreys and Jeff and Stella

October 18, 2013

John and Sue,
Our hearts go out to you in your sorrow. May wonderful memories of your son give you some comfort in your grief. We are so sorry for your loss. Jan and Bill Kabourek


October 14, 2013

I knew J from USF. He was always smiling and did his job well and with passion. I think that's the highest praise I can think to offer. He is missed around USF.

Crystal Bishop

October 9, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of J.. I didnt know him closely but met him several times through business encounters and he was always such a nice guy!! my heart goes out to his family and I will be praying for them.
Crystal Bishop (Medline Industries)

October 2, 2013

John and Sue, Jack are I are so sorry. Keeping all of the Meric family in our thoughts and prayers. Such wonderful memories of J .

Candace and Jack

Mark Cunningham

September 26, 2013

As a fellow Getty baseball shooter I would see J down in Spring Training. What a great guy and always fun to hang with. We shared many stories. I am so sorry for your loss.

Luana Acosta

September 26, 2013

Melissa I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve Jacobson

September 26, 2013

I was so sad to hear the loss of "J" as I knew him as a fellow photographer covering local sports in the Tampa Bay area. I just heard and was shocked and saddened by his much too early passing. I never knew him more than through just casual conversation over a pregame meal before a game and during an event itself, but I find myself shaking my head over this. I knew he had kids and I grieve over what they must be going through by not seeing his terrific smile on a daily basis anymore and to not see their dad make great photos. He worked hard and certainly this makes it even more difficult to fathom. Again, so sorry for your loss as I'm sure everyone "J" touched has many fond memories. He will be hard not to think about at the next game I cover.

Hilde Strong

September 25, 2013

Melissa and Family - I have heard the term Celebration of Life, but never truly understood what it meant until last evening. The gathering was not a place of tears or sadness, instead it was full of smiles and fond memories. Working with J for the last 4 years gave me a little insight into the man he was, but last evening gave me a rare glimpse into his person life that as co-workers is rarely shared. I feel blessed to have been witness to the amazing love that was shared between J and his family and friends. I will never again hear Hotel California without thinking of J and all of you. It will forever put a smile on my face. Thank you for allowing me to celebrate J's life with all of you.

Brita Meng Outzen

September 25, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. J and I worked together in spring training for the Red Sox for many many years, and in past years he was my "tag team" photographer at the end of March. We would often chat about our daughters and compare notes on how they were growing up, their likes and dislikes. I will miss hearing his voice and seeing his smile — he was a true friend.