Carleton P. Merrill, 88, a lifelong Newton resident, passed away on Jan. 23, 2012.
Born and raised in Newton, Merrill graduated from Newton High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, according to his obituary posted on the Eaton Funeral Homes website.
Merrill was first elected as the Newton Ward 1 Alderman-at-Large in 1950 and served one term before taking a few years off. In 1956, he rejoined the board and was elected to serve another three terms before becoming the city's veterans and licensing agent in 1962.
After 33 years as Newton's veterans and licensing agent, Merrill retired in 1995 and was reelected to the Ward 1 Alderman-at-Large seat in 1996, where he served for eight and a half terms until his death.
According to his obituary, Merrill was a NASCAR official and had officiated at Norwood, Westborough and Thompson Speedways as well as the Daytona 500.
He was also a member of the VFW.
He is survived by his wife Treva (Rector) Merrill, his sister Jane Merrill of Newton and his sister-in-law Eva Austin of Wilmington, Del. He was the brother of the late Edward Merrill, his obituary said.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, Jan. 28 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home on Centre Street in Newton Corner.
A funeral will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. in the Newton Cemetery Chapel on Walnut Street in Newton Centre, followed by interment with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Merrill's name to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.