Sam Merrifield died on 24th August, 1982, and shortly afterwards the Essendon Library was renamed, in his honour, the Sam Merrifield Library. Dr. Merrifield had spent many years serving the Essendon community. He was an A.L.P. member of the Legislative Assembly for Essendon from 1943-55 and from 1958-1970 he was a member of the Legislative Council for the seat of Doutta Galla. Dr. Merrifield played an active part in the City of Essendon including working with the Essendon Historical Society. In 1973 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Monash University in recognition of his long career in public service.