I learnt last night that Commodore Red Merson passed away peacefully on the 10th February. It is understood that arrangements for his interment are being or have been made privately.
As well as being well known in naval circles, Commodore Merson was Federal President of the Naval Association from 1990 to 1993 and was instrumental in the introduction of the NAA national journal The White Ensign in 1991. Its success was due to his guidance and leadership as Chairman of the NAA White Ensign Management Committee from it founding in 1991 until 2005.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate and give thanks for his life at the chapel HMAS WATSON on Monday 7th March 2016 at 14:00. Medals may be worn. As this is a normal working day at WATSON, security regulations will be in force, and WATSON has requested that attendees inform the administration at HMAS Watson in advance of the service.