The Obit For Michael Merrigan

Walter M. Merrigan
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

UNITY, NH – Walter Michael Merrigan, Jr., 75 of Claremont, NH died Sunday (January 15) at Sullivan County Healthcare following a period of failing health.

“Michael” was born in Somerville, NJ on September 17, 1936 the son of Walter Michael, Sr. and Grace Frances (Jenkins) Merrigan. He graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Coldwell, NJ after which he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and spent four years in the minor leagues before an injury ended his career.

After his release by the Dodgers, he joined the US Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. Michael moved to Claremont in the 1960’s and became a member of the American Legion Post #29, the Polish American Citizen’s Club and the VFW, Oliver LaCasse Post 801.

He was an avid golfer and was a longtime member of the John H. Cain Country Club and the Claremont Country Club where he became club champion on the 1970’s. He enjoyed following all types of sports but his favorite team was his beloved NY Yankees.

Members of his family include his longtime companion, Antoinette “Toni” Perrotto, Claremont, NH, her daughters, Patricia Murphy and her husband, Michael and their children, Jordan and Joshua, Paula Dumont and her husband, Mark and their children, Catherine and Matthew, a brother, Charles Robert Merrigan and his wife, Margaret and their children, Sarah, Susan and Bobby from Nashua, NH.

In following his wishes there will be no visiting hours or funeral services. The family invites you to share a memory of “Mike” with them or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH.