Dr. Merle Edward Hamburger of Lilburn, GA, born March 1, 1966, died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm. Merle's life was dedicated to the development of good character, strong values, and positive self-image of today's youth. His work at the Centers for Disease Control focused on preventing youth and domestic violence. As a black belt in the martial arts, he taught students courage, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit at Northeast Tae Kwon Do and American Karate Productions. He was also active in adult leader training for the Boy Scouts of America and an involved leader of the youth at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett. Merle is survived by his wife, MaryBeth; children Benjamin, Kevin, and Abigail; mother Sydney; and siblings Marjorie, Isaac, and Sidney. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, 12 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044 on Monday, July 25 at 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Awareness Network, www.pancan.org. For more information please check Merle's blog at www.merlehamburger.net. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville, GA

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  1. I had the privilege of getting to know Merle at wrestling shows in Loganville & later Cornelia, eventually fell out of touch as happens too often but was lucky enough to reconnect via Facebook last year. I can’t think of anyone I’ve been prouder to say that I knew much less could call a friend.

    My sincerest condolences to his family & loved ones, my prayers are with you all.

  2. My sympathy in the loss of your Merle. I will miss seeing him at the PanCAN Walks. I am a member of the other Team Merle.

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