Brian Graham Nelson Merkley

1947 - 2021


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing, at home of Brian Merkley April 17, 2021 in his 74th year.  Brian had many hurdles to overcome in the last three years and fought courageously each and every time with a positive attitude and a strong faith in God.

Brian was the beloved husband to Linda Merkley of 52 years, supportive father to Arlene Merkley (John) and JJ Merkley (Jill) and endearing grandfather to Katelyn and Markus.  Brian was the cherished son of Mary Merkley (deceased) and Robert Merkley (deceased).  Dear brother of Bob Merkley (deceased) (Carol), Larry Merkley (Annette), Ronald Merkley (deceased Marlene), Cecil Merkley (deceased Phyllis) and Barbara DesRoches (Venard).  He will be remembered fondly by his many nieces and nephews.

Brian was born in Midland and enjoyed sports particularly baseball and hockey.  He played junior hockey and later in life loved playing with the Penetang Oldtimers. He was passionate about fishing and the outdoors with his pals and looked forward to his Dorset trips.  His greatest pleasure was being around his children and grandchildren. Brian was a true family man.  His smile and welcoming nature made everyone fall in love with him. Anyone who met Brian would describe him as a kind, quiet, genuine and an incredibly sweet man.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Robert Helt for his tremendous support, care and compassion.  You truly went above and beyond and it will never be forgotten. Shelly, administrative assistant your kindness and care for Brian and for our family have been incredible and we would like to send our sincerest thank you. We would also like to thank all the PSW’s and Bayshore nursing staff who took care of Brian, you are all amazing.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that a donation be made to the Diabetes Association of Canada.

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Ed and Barb Dorion

April 30, 2021 3:02 PM

When you think of Brian you must smile  as he was always laughing and took the time to chat with everyone.
When Brian was young, my father watched him play hockey.  He commented that Brian was the smallest on the ice but he had the biggest heart.
He will truly be missed by many.

Roger and Sandra Flint

April 30, 2021 10:48 AM

Brian was a special person in our lives because of his warm, friendly and positive personality.   As a home room student at MSS in 1966-67, he was extra special since he was certain that we named our first child, Brian, after him.   He was also his babysitter when we went out and were confident that he would take great care of his 'namesake'.   it is interesting that our son, Brian, has similar positive personality traits as he had.....maybe it rubbed off on him.    I always enjoyed meeting Brian occasionally in the community and sharing our news with him.   The challenges of the last few years have ended and may he rest in peace.   The power of family will help support his family as they grieve and move forward with great memories.    Sincere Sympathy,  Sandra and Roger Flint

Nancy /Stephen Ball

April 29, 2021 4:59 PM

Nancy /Stephen Ball      
       To the Merkley Family so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

dede forget

April 29, 2021 1:36 PM

linda.  sorry for your loss.  mom--stella quesnelle-- thought so much of you and brian.

Janine wood

April 28, 2021 11:04 PM

Sorry for your loss. I worked with Brian at Oak Ridge. He was a cheerful man who was always very kind to the patients. Janine Wood

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