Arthur, “Archie” Merlin, 82, passed away Thurs., June 13, 2013 after a brief illness.

CandleHe is survived by his wife, Beverly, and daughter, Dara Merlin, and her partner, Meredith Ragains. He is also survived by sisters Reba Merlin Freedman (Theodore, of blessed memory), Fay Merlin Silverman (Harry, of blessed memory) and Dottie Merlin (Leon, of blessed memory). He was preceded in death by his brother Jerome and his wife Sylvia Zaban Merlin, as well as his “BFF” of eight years, Mr. Puppy Merlin.

Survivors also include nephews and nieces Steve and JoLynn Merlin, Ronnie and Marguerite Merlin, Brenda Merlin and Janice White, Max and Terri Katz, Sandra and Pat Hanson, Melinda McKelvey, Renee and Larry Stern, Tom Glass and Phyllis Freedman, Elise Freedman and Ted Freedman (of blessed memory), Alan and Davida Kashdan, Josef and Carol Silverman, and Mathew Silverman, as well as many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was the son of Morris and Gertie Merlin of Atlanta and formerly of Dubrovna, Belarus, Russia. He was the founder of The American Water Broom Company and held numerous U.S. and Canadian patents.

He was a longtime member of Congregation Or VeShalom and its Board of Directors. He was active in his SOZ group from his childhood and a proud Marine and dog lover. He never met anyone who did not like him.

Sign online guest book at edressler.com. Contributions may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, ASPCA, Congregation Or VeShalom, Hospice Atlanta or the charity of your choice. A graveside service was held Fri., June 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.