St. John Merrill Hall, III

St. John Merrill Hall, III, (Merrill or “Chip”) died on February 24, 2022, from injuries suffered from an accidental head trauma. He was 61 years old.

Merrill was born on September 19, 1960 in Boston, MA, the first son of Ester Jane Crossman Hall Knight and St. John Merrill Hall, Jr. The eldest of five, he was soon joined by James, Charles, May and Thomas. He attended primary school and began high school in Sharon, MA, and then moved to Freeport, ME, where he graduated in June of 1978. After some time off, he attended and graduated the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. degree.

An avid reader and writer, Merrill self-published and distributed his works of poetry. He took great pride in his knowledge of varied subjects, including linguistics, Ancient Greek history, and body building.

In 2002 and again in 2007, Merrill competed in the Strongman competition. In August of 2002, he came in second as a representative for the Masters Division at the Southeastern USA Strongman and qualified to participate in the Masters’ Nationals. In July of 2007, he participated in the first contemporary Strongman competition in Maine, sponsored by the North American Strongman, and qualified for the NAS’s Masters Nationals.

Merrill fathered three children, John Hall (Katie), Alexander Hall (Carla) and Nathanial Hall. He is predeceased by his ex-wife, Nathaniel’s mother, Judith Hall.

He leaves behind his three children, his father, St. John Merrill Hall (Laraine Glidden) of Yarmouth, his mother, Ester Knight of Chebeague Island, his four siblings James (Claire), Charles, May and Thomas (Graciella), his significant other, Ellen Robinson, 7 nieces and nephews, and one granddaughter.

A private ceremony will be held.

At the time of his death, he was able to leave the life sustaining gift of two kidneys to appreciative recipients. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center. In his honor, please consider becoming an organ donor.