Hellman Memorial Chapels

15 State Street, Spring Valley, NY


Fred Merrill

May 9, 1942September 29, 2019

Fred Merrill was born May 9, 1942 to Ida and Charlie Milkowitz in Bronx, New York. Fred, 77, passed unexpectedly in his home on September 29, 2019, Erev Rosh Hashanah. Fred was a devoted and loving husband of 53 years to his wife Sharon, a kind and gentle father to his two daughters Tracy and Liza Merrill, and an inspiration and mentor to his daughter Tracy’s soul mate/life partner, Christopher Jason (d. 3-31-19.)

Fred was a man of great humor, intelligence and integrity; his smile brightened the hearts of all who knew him. He was an old-fashioned gentleman, a mensch; a hand shake meant his full commitment to whatever he promised with a twist of his “creative genius.” Fred’s genuine warmth instantly created lasting friendships and added to his ever growing “family” of friends. Fred is survived by his brother Steven and his family in England.

Graveside services will be held Friday October 4, 2019 11:00 am at Sharon Gardens Cemetery 273 Lakeview Avenue Valhalla, New York 10595.

Memorial contributions may be made in Fred’s memory to SongsForKids.org; an organization founded by Fred’s nephew Josh Rifkind Founder/President. The foundation serves children battling serious or life-threatening illnesses, genetic disorders and special needs offering them the opportunity to express themselves through music.

For Shiva information, kindly contact Hellman Memorial Chapels (845)356-8600.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hellman Memorial Chapels, 15 State Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977 (845)356-8600 Jewish Funeral Directors.


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George Patilis

October 3, 2019

Fred Merrill, was our colleague at TPG for 12 years. He was a veteran of the promotional marketing business and witnessed the transformation in the area first hand. The business went from physical, to digital, to mobile, to social and everything in between – it changed dramatically from when he first started. What remained constant though was Fred’s curiosity, his willingness to learn and understand technology and how everything fit together. Fred was one of a kind! The ultimate salesman. A true gentleman. And an incredible person. He was a devoted husband, a loving dad and a caring friend. He was the master of picking up the phone to call with a joke, to say hello and catch up. It is a long lost art from yesteryear, where it is now easier to text, send an email or like a picture on social media. He took the time to pick up the phone and he built incredible relationships in the process. He will be missed, and he will be remembered fondly. Rest in Peace Fred. I am blessed to have known you, and to call you a friend.