Merritt Holly

Obituary of Merritt Holly


East Bethany - Our beloved husband and father, Merritt S. Holly, passed away on June 4, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital ICU cardiac unit after struggling for years with heart failure.

Merritt was born December 15, 1947 in Batavia, a son of the late Clark Holly and Catherine Blanchard Holly.

A 1966 graduate of Pavilion Central School, Merritt excelled as a multi-sport athlete playing basketball and baseball at a high level and worked at Lapp Insulator in LeRoy for over 35 years. He always loved life and his family, his church, music and all sports. He served for several years as an Elder at East Bethany Presbyterian Church and was also on the worship and music committee. He coached his kids through many years of sports - as a coach and a fan. He adored his grandchildren, loving to play and provide "no discipline". They filled his life with love.

Anybody who knew Merritt, knew he harassed and teased everyone. His enthusiasm and positivity for life was inspiring.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Goodman Holly, whom he married May 29, 1971; his children, Merritt C. (Kellie) Holly of LeRoy and Megan C. (Adam) Logsdon of Pavilion; his six grandchildren, Merritt Curtis Holly and Harper Holly, Greysen Logsdon, twins; Bentley Logsdon and Eleanor Logsdon; and Augustus Logsdon; his brother, William (Judy) Holly of LeRoy; several nieces, nephews, cousins including Tom (Jane) Holly of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and many dear friends.

He is predeceased by his sister, Sharon Holly.

Friends may call on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at East Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5735 Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany.  He will be laid to rest in East Bethany Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in his name to East Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5735 Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany, New York14054.