Remembering Dr. Maerz (with photos)

By Erika Mahoney

November 30, 2012 Updated Nov 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Friends and family agree Dr. John Maerz will be remembered as a charismatic man who will be greatly missed after a successful 30 year career in pediatric medicine.

Dr. Maerz, 62, passed away unexpectedly at his home Nov. 24.

His career began in the U.S. Army, and then he turned his attention to helping people in a different way.

Dr. Maerz joined his first pediatric practice in Utica in 1982, then came to Binghamton seven years later, joining a group practice.

In 2001, Dr. Maerz opened his own private practice in Johnson City named "Footprints Pediatrics."

At his service Friday, friends and family wore his ties to honor him.

His son said he was bigger than life, but also very comforting.

"I'm a parent and when you have babies, they don't come with instruction manuals and you don't know what you are doing and you are convinced you are going to break them," said John Charles Maerz III. "He could make anybody recognize that they're going to be fine."

Co-workers said he seemed to know everything, and was always there to help.

"He was an excellent teacher," said Christine Honnick, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. "We would call him in when we were struggling with a child and he would come in and say, 'you girls know what you are doing...what are we going to do?' So instead of him just telling us, he would talk us through it and he knew we could learn with him."

Family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Upstate Medical University Foundation, Medical Student Fund.