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Douglas Merchant

The Rev. Douglas H. Merchant

Saturday, August 17th, 1940 - Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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The Rev. Douglas H. Merchant left this worldly earth on November 5, 2020. Doug was born in Ilion, NY to Martin Luther Victor Merchant and Gladys Eldredge Merchant on August 17, 1940, the youngest of seven children. Doug was a proud graduate of Ilion High School, Utica College, and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Doug began his ministry at age 19, while a student at Utica College, with Calvary Baptist Church in Utica, serving as a lay pastor during a time of transition between pastors. He continued as a lay pastor while working as a medical social worker until his graduation from divinity school and subsequent ordination in the American Baptist Church. He served parishes in Clifton, Mumford, Albany, Weedsport, Cazenovia, Camillus, and Baldwinsville, retiring from Hillview Community Baptist Church in 2004. In retirement Doug continued his ministry by serving as an interim minister and a supply preacher until physical limitations made that impossible. His ministry brought him great joy as he loved to preach, teach, and especially work with the youth of the parish. For many years he spent a week every summer at Pathfinder Lodge on Otsego Lake directing a camp for senior high students. He encouraged others to find their own spiritual path and saw his role as a guide on their spiritual journey. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching adults in the lay studies program of the American Baptist Church.

Doug will be remembered for his intellectual knowledge and curiosity, his passion for the environment and all of creation, his kindness and caring, his love of music and wonderful singing voice, and most of all, his love of puns and silly humor. Herbert the Pet Bear, Miss Prunley, and “the man with the hat” will live on in family memory.

He is survived by his wife, Susanne; daughters, Bethany Hase (Scott), Mellissa Lorton (Wade Gaynor); his son, Arthur Lorton (Stacey); stepdaughters, Sarah Hobel (Daniel), Rebecca Spencer (Chip); brother-in-law, Angus Saunders (Maureen); fourteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Per Doug’s wishes a memorial service will be held at a later date when we can joyously gather to celebrate his life.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Environmental Defense Fund at www.edf.org/honor or the American Baptist Churches of New York State (ABCNYS) 3218 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13206.
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Per Doug’s wishes a memorial service will be held at a later date when we can joyously gather to celebrate his life.

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Bethany & Scott

Posted at 12:41pm

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Love, Jodi, Chanda, Anika and Lyn (Your Colgate Family)

Posted at 10:45am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love to you and your family Beth.

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Faith Dickinson

Posted at 03:39pm
Sue
There isn't much to say except I'm sorry and he will be missed. Have not seen you in a long time but think of you frequently as I drive by the Cazenovia house. Blessings for you and Doug who has gone before us.

David Donaghy

Posted at 01:26pm
Sue, Thank you so much for sharing the news of Doug's passing. He was a great man, and it was a true honor to get to know him. Take care of yourself and my thoughts are with you.

David Donaghy
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Kathy Tice

Posted at 06:10am
So sorry to hear of Doug's passing. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
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