Holy Family Catholic Church
4820 Kinnamon Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Saturday, Mar 17, 2018
Apr 04, 1930 - Feb 28, 2018
John Peter Meehan, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, died in Winston-Salem on February 28, 2018. Born April 4, 1930 in Stamford, Connecticut, he was the son of Peter and Ida Gillan Meehan, a graduate of Fairfield Preparatory School in 1947 and a member of Fairfield University's first class. His undergraduate studies were interrupted by military service when his Connecticut National Guard unit was activated in 1950. He served in Bad-Tolz Germany for two years during the Korean War. Returning to Fairfield University, he graduated in 1953. John taught in the Stamford, Connecticut school system for three years. After receiving a master's degree in 1956 from Fairfield University, he was employed first by IBM, then RCA for four years, returning to IBM for a total of 29 years. He retired in 1990.
His retirement provided time for 15 years of volunteer work with SCORE. In addition, John served as an AARP volunteer tax preparer for 17 years, which included 11 years as local coordinator at the Harrison Library.
Gentle and unassuming, John's family was paramount to him. He leaves to cherish his memory Shirley, his wife of 60 years; his children, Kathleen, Ann, Jacqueline, John, Sarah, and Dennis; and 12 grandchildren.
Contributions in his memory may be made to your favorite charity.
Dear Shirley and family, I was so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I still remember him working in his garden when we used to play bridge in our homes. Take care of yourself. Things change for all of us, so glad you are near your children. Miss talking to you. Again, take care and my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
My sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of John, February 28th. It was the summer of 1963 that John and I first met, upon our mutual arrival to IBM -Poughkeepsie, NY and sharing an office cubicle together. John was indeed a gentle and unassuming person offering genuine friendship. Those who knew him must feel a great sense of loss at this time.
Shirley, my dear friend, it is breaking my heart to hear that John has died. Our faith tells us that he has a new and better life with Christ, but that doesn't take away the pain of not having him by your side. I am so, so sorry. Pat Kowite
Peggy Nance Lyle
To all the John P. Meehan family I want you to know that John is dearly remembered and dearly missed. It has been a joy to have had the friendship of your family for the past 34 years. I was blessed to have John and Shirley as next door neighbors in Raleigh, NC. In addition to John's accomplishments and community service, he was an outstanding gardener. The many plants and flowers John nurtured for decades on his acre home garden are just now blooming again, and are lovely to behold.
God strengthens us by giving us "the power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress". Nahum 1:7; God is "a stronghold in the day of distress, and is mindful of those seeking refuge in him". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you!
Mary and Akuro Adoki
Akuro and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, John. Seeing the two of you together at church faithfully serving the community has always been a powerful testament of love to us. We hold you in our hearts with love and prayers that God gives you the strength to bear this loss through the love and support of family and friends. Sincerely, Mary and Akuro Adoki.