The Newton Board of Alderman Monday night filed a memorial resolution honoring their colleague, Ward 1 Alderman-at-Large Carleton Merrill, who passed away on January 23 at the age of 88.
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.
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.
Fellow Ward 1 Alderman-at-Large Allan (Jay) Ciccone Jr. and Ward 7 Alderman Lisle Baker offered the memorial resolution on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, prior to the start of the Board of Aldermen's meeting and the mayor's State of the City address.
As noted in a eulogy by President Scott Lennon, the lamp on Merrill's desk will remain lit for the rest of the board's term.