Sam Mercer, Old Market's guiding hand, dies in France

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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 12:00 am

Sam Mercer, a lawyer who became a guardian of Omaha architecture as he transformed a section of the city's downtown from a collection of produce warehouses to a modern Old Market hub of commerce, died Feb. 5 in France. He was 92.

Nephew Nicholas Bonham-Carter, an Omaha businessman, said Mercer died of natural causes at his home in Honfleur, France. His mind remained sharp until his death, although he had lost his eyesight to macular degeneration some time ago, his nephew said. However, he continued to practice law until a few years ago, the associates in the firm serving as his eyes.

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