David Merin
David Merin, 91 years of age, of West Hartford and Boynton Beach, FL, died Thursday, July 9th at St. Francis Hospital with his loving and devoted family by his bedside. The son of Abraham Jakub Merin and Rose (Jacobs) Merin, he was born in Slomniki, Poland on July 13th, 1917. David was a Holocaust survivor, having worked as a tailor in the Plaszow Concentration Camp. Utilizing the trade that was responsible for his survival, David, along with his brother Leonard, opened the former Merin Bros. in Hartford, a womens coat manufacturing business. David was active in the Jewish community and a member of Congregation Tikvoh Chadoshoh in Bloomfield, serving on their Board of Directors for many years. He was a member of the Holocaust Survivors of South Florida and filmed a testimony with the Shoah foundation. David developed a passion for photography and videography, documenting his familys many joyous occasions and trips. David traveled the world, visiting many continents with his wife always by his side. On many of these trips, David met lifelong friends. David leaves behind a loving and grateful family. He was the loving and devoted husband of Dorothy (Goldberg) Merin; beloved father of Mark J. Merin and his wife Ilene of West Hartford, Michele H. Merin-Campbell and her husband Bruce Campbell of Solon, OH; cherished and proud Zaydee of Jonathan, Seth, Eric, Carly, Lindsay, and Abby Merin, and Lane Merin Campbell and Elyssa Sarah Campbell. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, devoted cousins, and cherished friends. He was predeceased by his son Ronny, his brothers, Moshe, Nathan, Leonard, Shiya, and Samuel, and his sister Miriam. Davids first priority was always his family, shown in his lasting wish of a memorial to remember his relatives who perished at Belzec Concentration Camp. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 12th at 10:30 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi David J. Small and Cantor Sanford Cohn officiating. Interment will follow in Congregation Tikvoh Chadoshoh Cemetery, Windsor. Shiva will be observed at the home of Mark and Ilene Merin, 48 Brewster Rd., West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holocaust Survivors of South Florida, 8358 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 203F, Sunrise, FL 33351. For further information, directions, or to share memories of David with his family, please visit online at

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