Tuesday, March 11, 2014 9:45 AM
Published on: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Henry Foxall Meryman
Henry Foxall Meryman of Rockville, MD, died May 3, 2013 after a long decline. Born in New Haven, CT, on Nov. 18, 1954, he grew up on a small farm in Ashton, MD, which as a teenager he dreamed of someday running for his parents. He loved mowing the lawn, splitting wood for the fireplace, fishing in the pond, shooting baskets in his driveway hoop, and being part of a large and loving extended family. He was passionate about cars and delighted in holidays of every sort, especially Christmas and birthdays.
Henry attended Sherwood Elementary and Farquahar Middle School, and graduated from Damascus High School, where he was an enthusiastic member of Future Farmers of America and sang in the school choir. While at Damascus, he worked as a dishwasher at the Olney Ale House, a job he remembered fondly throughout his life.
In his twenties, Henry began attending day programs at the Rock Creek Foundation for Mental Health in Silver Spring, where he worked independently on a lawn maintenance crew for several years and on an office cleaning crew. He had lived in Rock Creek group homes since 1981.
He leaves his mother, Mary Lane (Latimer) Meryman, of Ashton, his sisters Louise Meryman of Pine Plains, NY, and Charlotte Meryman of Williamsburg, MA, his brother, Richard Meryman, also of Pine Plains, and their spouses and children, along with a host of other relations. His father, Harold T. Meryman, died in 2010.
Henry’s sense of humor and warm, generous spirit remained intact even as his mind and body declined over the decades. His eager smile, joy, and caring will be remembered always.
Donations in Henry’s memory may be made to The Rock Creek Foundation for Mental Health, Inc., 12120 Plum Orchard Drive, Suite B, Silver Spring, MD 20904, marked to the attention of Marilyn Schriebstein. His ashes will be interred next to his father’s in the family plot in Dublin, NH, in a private ceremony.