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Obituaries » Victor D Merritt

Victor David Merritt, Jr. 48, of Dividing Creek New Jersey passed away peacefully surrounded by love on Saturday December 29, 2018 after a 3-year courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Colleen (Mullan), with whom he shared 23 years of loving marriage and was a devoted dad to Zachary and Jacob both of Dividing Creek. Born in Millville New Jersey he was the beloved son of Victor and Joann Merritt of Dividing Creek.

Vic was a graduate of Bridgeton Highschool, class of 1988. Following high school, Vic obtained a job in the cable industry where he worked for the next 27 years. Vic worked for Comcast as a maintenance technician and loved his job.  He was highly regarded among his co-workers, was a friend to all and worked as he lived his life… helping others.  With the highest respect for all Vic had a strong work ethic and moral compass, he truly was the ultimate role model for all that knew him.

Vic’s love for his children introduced him to a new “profession”, coaching. Coach Vic, as the boys called him was not only a coach but was a man the boys would ultimately come to love and respect as a role model.  Not only did Vic teach them the game of baseball he taught them to have fun, not to take life so seriously and how to learn from your mistakes.  Vic showed them respect, dignity, and true compassion which will carry them all through their life.  Vic loved all the boys he coached as if they were his own and they loved him. Over the last 3 years of his illness, his baseball boys and their families rallied behind Vic and his family to help ease the burdens of his illness and to offer unwavering support. Their support helped establish #battleforvic .  This game of baseball formed more than just recreation outlets for Vic, Colleen and their boys…this sport provided them with lifelong friendships and an extended family.

Vic had many loves outside his family and friends. Vic loved to hunt and fish and was just as happy to sit in a tree stand or to take his boat out in the bay enjoying nature as he did reeling in a bass or hunting the biggest buck. His love of nature and the outdoors carried on to both Zac and Jake, he taught them not only how to fish and hunt but more importantly he taught them how to respect and appreciate nature.  An avid Eagles fan, Vic was the ultimate sport’s lover.  He spent numerous hours talking sports with his sons, dad and his cousin Bill Merritt.  Music was a huge love to him, as he spent hours upon hours trying to stump all that knew him on music trivia.  Vic and Colleen from early on in their relationship would co mpete as to who knew more, and despite Colleen’s competitive nature she had to succumb to the fact that Vic was indeed the smarter one.

Vic was one of a kind and was instantly loved by everyone. Vic had an easy-going personality, he was extremely witty and had the best sense of humor. He had a smile that would light up a room and a twinkle in his eyes.  Vic was a very family orientated man and loved his family dearly. He protected those he loved and would do anything to make them happy.  He was a strong support to all those that needed him, even in the depths of his illness. Vic never gave up on his battle, he taught us all courage, strength and perseverance. He was the true definition of a hero.

Along with his wife, children and parents Vic leaves behind his in-laws Dan and Genie Mullan of Clarksboro, brother and sister in-law Dan and Kathy Mullan, niece Riley Mullan and nephew Daniel Mullan. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, a huge baseball community, and many dear friends. Vic was predeceased by his maternal and paternal grandparents along with numerous uncles.

Finally, the family asks that in honor of Vic that you live every day to the fullest and love like there is no tomorrow.  Written condolences can be sent to:  rocapshannon@aol.com or visit our web site at: www.rocapshannon.com or SNJToday.com.

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