Jeffrey Merson, 59, of Westminster died Saturday, June 23 in a motorcycle accident in Queen Anne's County. A Maryland State Police retiree, Merson was a contractor and an adjunct instructor at .
Police said that Merson was traveling in the left lane of Rt. 50 Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and swerved acros three lanes onto the exit ramp for Nesbit Road, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Merson's motorcyle struck a light pole on the side of the ramp, which then fell and landed on him. He was pronounced dead at Queen Anne's Emergency Center.
Philip Jeffrey "Jeff" Merson, 59, of Westminster, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, following a motorcycle accident in Grasonville. Born April 28, 1953 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late John Warren and Jimmie Baldwin Merson. He was the loving husband of Denise Ann Bonneville Merson, his wife of 37 years.
Jeff was a 1971 graduate of Howard High School, where he and his wife were high school sweethearts. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Loyola College. He was a long-time employee of the Maryland State Police, working in traffic, criminal investigation, STATE team, child abuse unit, and ended his career in the drug task force, retiring in 1999. Following retirement he worked for the Attorney General's office in Baltimore and most recently as a private contractor for the federal government with SAVA and MSN. Jeff was also an adjunct professor with Carroll Community College for 6 years, teaching criminal justice. He was a member of the Maryland Troopers Association.
He was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, writing music and poems, and writing stories. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling to many cities throughout the United States with his wife, Denise. His most enjoyment came from spending time with his family; in watching and coaching his children in sports, and more recently watching his grandchildren's events; giving his grandchildren tractor rides; and vacationing at the beach.
He was a devoted and caring father to his three children; daughter, Melissa Merson Hill and husband, Gregory of Westminster; and sons, Christopher Jeffrey Merson and wife, Rebecca of New Windsor and Justin Philip Merson and wife, Michelle of Sykesville; and a loving grandfather to Hunter, Charlotte, Emmerson, Colton, Grant and Grayson, He is also survived by siblings, John Merson of Elkridge, Joyce Nichols of West Friendship, Jill Cassel of Lexington, KY and Jason Merson of Westminster; mother-in-law, Barbara Patterson of Mt. Airy; brothers-in-law, Bob Bonneville of Frederick and Jim Bonneville of New Windsor; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private funeral service and interment in Linganore Cemetery, Unionville, will be held at the convenience of the family. All are welcome to a celebration service, which will be held on Friday, July 6 at 5 p.m. at Uniontown Bible Church, 4272 Watson Lane, Union Bridge, with Pastor Tim Webster, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
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