Merrill H. J. Roth, age 78, of Naples, FL passed away peacefully on Monday, September 22nd 2014 at Avow Hospice in Naples, FL. He was born in Philadelphia on August 8, 1936 the youngest of three children of the late Israel and Lillian (Slott) Rothstein. A graduate of Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Merrill received his degree from Penn State University and remained a lifelong Penn State football fan. His career path led him to the world of commercial real estate both in Baltimore and in Philadelphia where he worked for Strouse Greenberg & Co before retiring to Naples. His endless curiosity about the world, his optimism and his determination to 'give back' were the essence of how he lived his life.
Friend to many, he was a tireless volunteer for organizations ranging from Rotary International to Habitat for Humanity. Before retiring to FL, Merrill lived in Berwyn, PA where he was a member of Merion Cricket Club, the Main Line Ski Club, the Masonic Society, the British Officers Club, and the Haverford Cricket Library. He spent his later years traveling the world with his beloved Helen. An impeccable host, Merrill lived life to the fullest by being happy and enhancing the lives of others.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years Helen (Dujmusic) and stepchildren Milena (Ken) Pisano, and Lauren Sears, six grandchildren: Dean, Kyra and Cooper Pisano of Chicago, and Emma, Hailie and Finn Sears of Boston. His older sister Elaine (Barton) Goldenberg of Lake Worth, FL. survives him as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his older brother Burton (Marlyn) Rothstein of Philadelphia.
Merrill's life will be celebrated at a memorial service on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Cray ton Rd., Naples, FL 34103. A reception at the church will follow. His ashes will be scattered at a later date.
The Alzheimer's Support Network, 660 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 21, Naples, FL 34102 or Rotary International would be pleased to accept a donation in Merrill's memory.
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