Obituary: Jeffrey Merson of Westminster Died in a Weekend Motorcycle Accident

Jeffrey Merson died in a motorcycle accident in Queen Anne's County Saturday, June 23.

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.


The following information was taken from Tribute.Com:

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.

Write a tribute or share a memory of Jeffrey Merson in the comments below.

Kym Byrnes June 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Thanks for sharing Sue. It sounds like he was an engaged member of the community and will be missed by many. Our condolences to the family.
Robin Dee June 28, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Our hearts are broken for you Denise, Justin, Melissa and Chris. Jeff was a very special man. We have such fond memories of lacrosse games together. Those were such good times ! Your beautiful family is in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Robin & Ed Dee
Karen Farley June 29, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Jeff Merson was an instructor for several classes that I took at Carroll Community College, Criminal Justice Department. He was a terrific teacher and his compassion and love for life and his family were a part of his teaching style. Thoughts, prayers and blessings to his family. Karen Farley
David from VoxPop July 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
As a fellow rider, this really hits home. As a father, this just breaks my heart. I will be offering mantra for Jeff and his family, and I pray that the ache of the loss will some day be ameliorated by the fondness of memory. Peace and love to Jeff's family and friends. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
trish falter July 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about Jeff. We were neighbors so very long ago when we were all just young and starting out in life in our very first homes on Fannie Dorsory Rd. Jeff and Denise were great. He was a great guy. I pray for Denise and her children at this tremendous loss for them. Keep close to your faith. Thinking and praying for you Denise, Trish Falter


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