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TAD MERRICK

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BRANDON — Tad Merrick, 60, of Brandon died on Thursday, October 25, 2012, after a four-year battle with brain cancer.

Tad was born in Washington, D.C., on November 20, 1951, the son of the late Samuel Merrick and Eleanor Perry Merrick of Medford, New Jersey.

Tad graduated from Antioch College in 1976, where he studied photography and music. He attended the Center for Photographic Studies in Louisville, Kentucky, receiving the Ralph Eugene Meatyard award. He later moved to San Francisco, California, and continued his photographic pursuits while dabbling in a variety of jobs that included managing an urban farm center, teaching emotionally disturbed youths, and working on a salmon fishing boat.

In 1981 he moved to Brandon, Vermont, with his wife Janice Mead. Vermont always held special meaning for Tad after spending several summers working on the Phelps farm in Orwell, Vermont, as a teenager.

For the last 30 years, Tad has been a fixture on Main Street in Middlebury, Vermont, as a commercial photographer and local artist. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, and hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tad loved music and was an accomplished bass guitarist. He played with various local bands and inspired a passion for music in his own children.

Survivors include his wife Janice Mead of Brandon; son Samuel of Brooklyn, New York; daughter Natalie, a student at the University of Pittsburgh; brother Rod Merrick of Portland, Oregon, and Gregory Merrick of Mineral Springs, Wisconsin; and three nephews, Vaughn, Gregory, and Nikolaus.

A celebration of Tad’s life will be held this Thursday, Nov 1,at 4 p.m. at the Brandon Inn. Friends and family may share stories, readings, or songs in Tad’s memory.

Memorial donations may be made in Tad’s name to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or to Friends of Otter Valley Music, Franklin Street, Brandon, VT 05733.

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