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William Harlow Merriman Jr.

NORTH CANAAN — William Harlow Merriman Jr., 74, died Oct. 31, 2021, of natural causes at his home.

He was born Nov. 10, 1946, at the family home in North Canaan, son of the late William H. Merriman Sr. and Josephine C. Merriman.

William was an icon of North Canaan and many knew him as “the Bee Man” or “Willie the Bee-Keeper” and owner of Union Square North, where he sold his honey in North Canaan. His honey was sold throughout the Northwest Corner.

He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

William is survived by Leah Rezza, whom he called his daughter, and her husband, Michael Rezza, and their two children, Tristan and Morgan all of Massapequa Park, N.Y.  William will always be “Grumpy” to Tristan and Morgan.

At this time there are no services planned, but a memorial will be held at a future date to be determined.

Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.

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