Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 7, 2019
February 5 1947 - February 27 2019.
Bob "Bobby" Merkin, February 5, 1947-February 27, 2019, of diabetes complications.
Bob was a newspaper reporter and editor, novelist, blogger and community volunteer.
After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School (1965) and attending NYU, he wrote
for Stars and Stripes while serving in the U.S. Army. He was a reporter for The Washington
Daily News and Miami News and was a reporter and editor for newspapers in western
Massachusetts. William Morrow published Bob's books, "Zombie Jamboree" and "South
Florida Book of the Dead."
A world traveler, Bob saw Haley's Comet in Australia, polar bears in Hudson Bay and the
erupting volcano in Montserrat.
In his later years he was an active volunteer with several local charities including Jessie's
House, First Churches Cot Shelter in Northampton and local soup kitchens.
He is survived by his loving wife Cynthia Balcom Merkin, his sister Marjorie and her husband
Stuart Elsberg, nieces, nephews, numerous loving friends and his adored clowder of cats.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother Maury.