2017 William Merritt

William Merritt to receive Life Time Achievement Award.

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio State Former Boxers and Associates. Inc. is the ultimate achievement for William Henry Merritt. For Merritt, boxing added esteem and character to his life achievements. Merritt, 72-years-old starting his amateur boxing career at the defunct K.Y. Benson Boystown Recreation Center under tutelage of the famous trainers Jesse Levels and Cecil Shorts. Being able to develop his boxing skills quickly, Merritt entered the Golden Gloves tournament in 1961 and won the featherweight Novice Division Championship. Merritt’s interest in boxing continued as he compiled an excellent record of 24 wins and 4 losses.

Aside from having an interest in boxing, Merritt played baseball and softball for more than 20 years. Merritt received his education in the Cleveland Public School System and he graduated from Max S. Hayes High School. After high school, he attended Dyke College and received a bachelor of science degree in business from the college. His employment has consisted of working for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company for 33 years. He currently works for the Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA). While working for FEMA. Merritt is assigned to assist with different disasters in the country While being a resident in Warrensville Heights for more than 25 years. Merritt is a former member of the Warrensville Schools Board of Education. Still active in Warrensville community. Merritt is a member of the Warrensville Athletic Booster. which he assist the group with sporting events in the Warrensville School District. Being active in the Democratic Party. Merritt served as treasurer of the Tri-City Democratic Club and he has worked on different political campaigns to help elect candidates to office in the Warrensville community.

Merritt has one son, William Terry Merritt; a daughter-in-law, Charlene; and three grandchildren Nadar, Kayla and Khalil.