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Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA

OBITUARY

Steven A Merril

December 13, 1942August 15, 2019
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Steven Arnold Merril, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on August 15, 2019 from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Arthur and Martha Merril.

Steve was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Suitland, MD. He graduated from William and Mary in 1964, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He served in the Army in Vietnam from 1965-1966. He attended American University Law School, and joined the Commonwealth's Attorney office in Fairfax, VA where he was an assistant before becoming Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney. He went into private practice as a trial attorney in 1982 until retiring to Williamsburg in 2016. He was an avid sports fan and golfer.

Steve is survived by his wife of 51 years, Catherine Runnels Merril (Kay); son, Steven A Merril, Jr. and wife Michele; daughter, Catherine Clawson and husband Pete of Williamsburg, VA; and five grandchildren, Charlie, Marty and Mick Clawson and Victoria and Daniel Merril; and a brother, Dr. Carl Merril and his wife Alice of Bethesda, MD.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 P.M. Park East at The Governor's Land at Two Rivers, 2711 Two Rivers Road, Williamsburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the HEYFARL Endowment. Checks may be made out to William & Mary Foundation "In memory of Steve Merril" care of the Tribe Club, P.O. Box 399, Williamsburg, VA 23187 or online through the TribeClub.com website by placing either HEYFARL Endowment or 2395 in the search field.

Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Service Sunday, September 8, 2019

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Mike Kirkpatrick

August 23, 2019

When I heard about Steve's passing I was devastated. Even though our paths didn't cross as often as I would have liked I still loved him as a brother. We were best friends in high school. I names my son after Steve. My son was Michael Steven. When we did see each other at our last high school reunion it was like we were never apart. So many wonderful memories. My tears are flowing for him and his family during this difficult time.

Tara Mooney

August 22, 2019

Steve was a wonderful person. I met Steve in 2004 when I joined Bob Horan's office as a prosecutor. I knew Steve was a local defense attorney and as a former prosecutor. (When you work for Bob Horan, it is like you are all part of the same club.) Steve would just walk in the office all the time and chat. He always had a story or a joke it seemed. I remember his sense of humor, his warm smile and his charming wit. I recall I had many cases with him over the years. Steve was an outstanding lawyer as well. I was so sorry to hear that Steve passed away. He will be very missed around the Fairfax County Courthouse. I send my prayers and condolences to his family.

john brandt

August 22, 2019

As an attorney in Northern Virginia, I have known Steve for years and am sorry to hear of his passing. Steve was an outstanding attorney and had that magical characteristic of being able to do his good work very professionally, but was still able to treat all with a remarkable understanding and politeness.

He will be missed and I offer his family my condolences and sympathy.

Maynard Randolph

August 18, 2019

I'm so very sorry about the hard time Steve had, and for your loss. It's a hard thing to lose your husband or father; please take strength from all the people who love you. You're a great family, and he must have been so proud of you. Please let me know if I can help in any way (extra room when people come to town?) and know that I'll be thinking of you. Maynard

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