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Noel in his office at "Creative Loafing" in Savannah. “I worked with Noel at Creative Loafing in Savannah as Editor when he was Publisher in the mid-'90s. But he was more than just a "co-worker." Noel,...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Bob Ruggiero - Houston, TX

“The online service was an amazing overview of a loving, creative and compassionate father, husband and business man whose presence in this world will...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Paula Koch - Friend

“My deepest condolences. Dearest Beloved Noel. May God wrap His arms around you for everlasting peace. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy Carley - Atlanta, GA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Noel fought a valiant battle. May all of Noel's pain be obliterated as he rises to the Lord! ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Loretta Reynolds - Asheville, NC

“Noel's dad was the best boss I ever had. We enjoyed watching Noel and his sister, Sheila, grow up. Being an enthusiast entrepreneur and talented...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jeanne & Gary Weinreich - SC

“My dear friend Christine and boys,My deepest condolences to you and the boys. Wishing you peace and comfort during this hard time.Norene ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: NORENE KEMP - RALEIGH, NC

“Christine, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Terry Tiernan Tiernan - FL

“Rest In Peace, Noel. We are blessed to have known you, and your amazing family. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: John Lisa and Carmela Befumo

“My prayers and deepest condolences to you Christine and the Mermer family. I'm very saddened by this news. Noel brought so much energy to Charleston....Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Chester Jacinto - Houston, TX

“I met Noel the summer before high school. He lived only a few blocks away, yet we didn't meet until then. We became fast friends. Noel was my first...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Darcy Barthel Callaghan - MI


Noel Stephen Mermer died late Saturday, Oct. 3 at home after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 53.

Noel was the publisher and co-founder of the Charleston City Paper, and while his business accomplishments were notable, he will be remembered most for being a loyal and supportive father, husband, brother, son, and friend.

Noel was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on March 16, 1967 and studied at Michigan State University. After graduation, he moved south to Atlanta, where he found his calling as a newspaperman at the alternative weekly, Creative Loafing. He was soon promoted at the age of 26 to be publisher of a new Creative Loafing in Savannah, Ga. He was the company's youngest publisher ever and relished the role. Even at 26, his uncanny ability to manage multiple deadlines, work within a strict budget, inspire co-workers to deliver more and constantly close deals was obvious.

He moved to Charleston in 1997 and realized his dream of starting and owning his own newspaper, The Charleston City Paper. Over the course of 20-plus years, he touched many lives in his role as publisher. He loved to tell his City Paper family "Back to Work!" and many co-workers considered him a personal mentor as well as a boss. He enjoyed telling friends and acquaintances "not too late tonight" whenever he left a social gathering. He touched countless people's lives from his family, friends to co-workers. You always knew where you stood with Noel, as his bravery and honesty, allowed him to say exactly what he was thinking. His big personality lit up every room.

In 2003, Noel married Christine and they were soon blessed with two sons, Noel and Bennett. He loved taking his sons deep-sea fishing and watching them play their favorite sports. He was an incredible Dad, and cherished every moment with his boys, and has ensured they share his determination, compassion, generosity and humor.

Noel is survived by his wife and sons along with his sister and brother-in-law Sheila and Bryce Mutz of Atlanta, nephews, Bryce and Blake, and his in-laws, Suzanne Boren of Mount Pleasant, and Cecil and Cindy Boren of Greensboro, North Carolina. He was predeceased by his father, Noel in 1992, and his mother, Carolyn in 2017.

An open socially-distanced service will be held Saturday, October 10th at 10am in St Michael's Church. Additionally, the church will be offering a live stream option available <https://youtu.be/J2tV5gm25kc>

In lieu of flowers, the family is planning to establish a non-profit to assist future ALS families with the costs associated with caregiving and travel needed for ALS. If you are interested in donating please send an email to NoelMermerALS@gmail.com so we can send you details at a later date.

Arrangements by J Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel