Robert Mero, an ornamental horticulturist who had traveled around the country for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company supervising landscape installations, died on Sept. 5 at the Westhampton Care Center. A longtime resident of East Hampton, he was 91.
After several years as a horticulture teacher at Hampton University in Virginia, from which he had received his undergraduate degree, Mr. Mero moved to New York to work for Met Life. Before retiring and moving here in 1983, he was the manager of Peter Cooper/Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan.
Mr. Mero was born on March 30, 1929, in Woodbridge, Conn., to Hannibal Mero and the former Nettie Sills. He was the last survivor of their nine children. He attended New Haven (Conn.) High School and took graduate courses at Cornell University after graduating from Hampton.
Mr. Mero and Letitia Seon, who survives, met as students at Hampton University. They were married in 1942.
In East Hampton, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. His wife said “he enjoyed driving around watching the local game to see if he could see deer or turkeys or whatever was bouncing in the woods.”
In addition to his wife, Mr. Mero is survived by four daughters: Martha Cooper of Peach Tree City, Ga., Camellia Mero of Manhattan, Carolina Malone of Columbus, Ga., and Nancy Baker of West Bend, Wisc.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A daughter, Winnifred Schroder, died before him.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family has suggested donations to Meals on Wheels, 33 Newtown Lane, Suite 205, East Hampton 11937 or a charity of choice.