On January 28th, 1947 the world was blessed with the birth of one of the brightest and most beautiful souls when Walter and Carolyn Merz welcomed their second son: Clifford Merz. Cliff was the second of three children, joining his older brother Bill and a few short years later his younger sister Susie.
After relocating from Chicago to Hollywood, FL early in his life, Cliff went on to graduate high school from McArthur High School in 1964. He spent four years in the Air Force and achieved both an Associates of Arts and Associates of Science Degrees from Palm Beach Junior College. Cliff worked for the United States Postal Service in West Palm Beach, FL for nearly 30 years until he retired in 2003. In 2012, Cliff and his wife Ann moved north to live in Viera, FL to be closer to his youngest son, daughter in law and middle two grandchildren.
In this life there were some things Cliff relished with youthful exuberance. He enjoyed being able to throw batting practice to both his son’s little league baseball teams and loved hitting the links whenever he could with friends and family. After retirement he had the special pleasure of being able to play on famous golf courses like TPC Sawgrass, Congressional, and Pebble Beach with his youngest son Mark. Both his golf game and his infectious smile were hard to beat. He also enjoyed travelling and spent many a holiday in northern New York visiting his eldest son David on the back deck with the barbecue grill going.
However, there is something extra in this little thing called life that made Cliff radiate pure unadulterated joy and that was the people who were his family. In 1968 Cliff married the love of his life, his best friend, his greatest cheerleader, the best Mom and Nurse any man could ever ask for when he said, "I do" to Elizabeth Ann (Yancey) Merz. In 50+ years nary a day went by they weren't together tackling whatever life handed them like the dream team they were. In 1971, they were blessed with the birth of their first son David who was joined in 1975 by their youngest son Mark. The dynamic duo kept Cliff on his toes between baseball games by day and Nintendo fights by night. Each of his sons brought him even more delight when each welcomed two children of their own. Grandpa/Grandaddy was his favorite name and anything he could do with and for his grandchildren was his game. From late night Barbies and sneaking snacks, to playing in the pool, from cheering in the crowd online and in person at games, to listening to unending questions about sports and life, he never missed a moment to champion and celebrate them all.
Cliff Merz is, was, and will forever be a guiding light and example of what a man, a husband, a dad, a father-in-law, a grandfather, and a human being should be. Our lives were brighter for having him in it and his memory will never grow dim.
Cliff leaves behind his wife Ann, son David and wife Dawn, their two children Paige and Payden, son Mark and wife Robyn, their daughters Kelly and Mallory, brother Bill, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Susie, sister-in-law Toni and his great Aunt Lois.
If you listen, you can hear him laugh and if you listen even closer you can hear his backswing because Cliff knew one thing, we all need to learn and live by: The key to golf is playing one shot at a time and the key to life is living in the moment with those that make the moments matter.
Services will take place at Beckman Williamson Funeral Home in Rockledge Florida on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 with calling hours beginning at 1:00 PM and the service beginning at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation at www.themmrf.org
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