Farewell Alderman Merrill. You will be missed.

Carleton was always there for me with a smile and welcome advice....

Newton has lost one its finest public servants, Alderman Carleton Merrill.

A few years ago, prior to one of my first meetings in City Hall, Carleton and I were chatting and I mentioned that my wife was from Keene, NH. Carleton knew the area having once worked at a small community auto racetrack near there. The same track that I once had as a marketing client. That sparked a conversation about auto racing at which point Alderman Merrill, right there in the Aldermanic chamber, pulled out his wallet and proudly showed me his official NASCAR credentials. We joked together: “What do you want to bet we’re the only two people in Newton talking about NASCAR right now?” We laughed and hit it off right away.

During my time on the Board of Aldermen, Carleton was always there for me with a smile and welcome advice. I valued his support.  Most of all I valued his example of community service over the decades including his special dedication to honoring and advocating for his fellow veterans and seniors. 

Carleton Merrill was the highest caliber of public servant. A true gentleman. A man of his word. A friend. Newton was lucky to have him. I was lucky to get to know him and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to serve with him.

G-d bless Alderman Carleton Merrill. May he rest in peace.


Former Alderman Charlie Shapiro
Newton, Massachusetts

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Harry Sanders January 25, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Carl had a boyish curiosity tempered by honesty, integrity, leadership and devotion to country. A number of years back the Newton Historical Commission opened the tomb of disgraced 1812 General William Hull at the East Parish burial ground. The tomb had suffered natural deterioration and the opening was an opportunity to peer back into history. The opening was just big enough for one person to stick one’s head thru. Carl looked at me with his boyish innocence, wondering whether or not he should peer inside with the flashlight. He wasn’t sure if he should succumb to morbid fascination of the moment. I told him I would follow his lead, recognizing his age and beauty trumped my junior standing. He gave his little muffled chuckle and went for it. Engaging the unknown, he took a deep breath sampling the moment. After a few moments withdrawing his head from the tomb stated “that’s what 200 year old remains smell like”. Once again Carl the adventurer set the path - I figured what the heck and stuck my head in as well. Just one of those lifetime vignettes I thought I would share with you.


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