Mr. Rod Merritt of Yorkton, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 67 years of age. A memorial service to celebrate Rod's life will be held on Friday, July 26th 2019 at 2:00pm at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre.
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Rod Merritt: son, brother, uncle & friend. It is with great sadness that the family of Rod Merritt announce his passing on Monday, July 15th 2019. Rod passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 67 years of age.
Throughout Rod’s life he was a talented sportsman, involved in hockey, fastball, broomball, billiards and golf. His accolades and achievements filled his basement and garage with trophies, pictures and plaques. This included his induction into the Yorkton and Canadian Halls of Fame for broomball. Rod was also acknowledged on becoming a Canadian 9-ball billiards champion.
Rod remained single, as his passion, dedication and knowledge of sports took him across Canada, volunteering to organize tournaments, memorials and fundraisers with gusto. In his ‘free time’, Rod was fishing with the guys or laying on the sandy beaches of Cuba, Hawaii or Mexico. Rod also has a passion for food. Spices filled his cupboards and his back yard, full of flowers & fountains, two BBQ’s, a smoker, and a freezer full of meat. He was always ready for a get together, a catering, or just a nice juicy steak by himself.
Rod was a gifted salesman, he was always selling something, from pots and pans to miscellaneous items for company logo advertising. He sold vehicles for a while, but really found his niche selling commercials for the local CTV station, to which he received numerous awards for sales achievements over his 38 years of employment.
Through sports and sales, Rod gained the friendship and respect of hundreds of people. He also gave back of himself, anytime, anywhere he could. It was his way of saying Thank You!
Predeceased by his mother and father, Rod leaves to celebrate his life his sister Tammy (Wayne) Antony and son Thomas & family; brothers: Gordon (Rose) Crowston, daughter Lila & family; Doug (Helen) Merritt & family. As well as his many respected friends.