OBITUARY

James Edward Meehan Jr.

August 12, 1935September 3, 2018
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Meehan, James E. Jr. Beloved husband of Tamiye (nee Fujibayashi), passed away on Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at the age of 83. Loving step-father of Terrence (Rosalba) Trejo, Theodore (Lukkana) Trejo and Rosalind (Robert) Hult and the late Timothy Trejo. Predeceased by his parents, Evelyn Maass Meehan and James E. Meehan Sr. Adored grandfather of Tanya (Sergio) Roldan, Alexis (Bertin) Bahena, Tesslina, Issac, Teagen, and Tristan Trejo, along with several great-grandchildren. Brother-in-law and friend of Craig (Maryfrances Miley) Fujibayashi. Cherished uncle of Wendy (John) Lambkin, Judith (Sue Augustus) Fors, Cheryl (Wayne) Rissman, Jennifer (Ed) Ross, Carter (Tammy) Fujibayashi, Joan (Dan) Draper, Jitaro Fujibayashi, Thomas (Kelley) Fujibayashi, Matthew Fujibayashi and Kira Fujibayashi. He also leaves many great nieces and nephews, great-grand nieces and nephews, and Meehan and Maass cousins to cherish his memory. Jim retired 20 years ago as branch head from the Back of the Yards branch of the Chicago Public Library. His love of all things literary defined his life and made him a formidable opponent in Trivial Pursuit and Words With Friends. Jim volunteered for many causes, including at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, and Rotary District 6440. Strongly encouraged by his loving spouse, he was corralled into working on multiple projects for Rotary including a school for Mayan Indian young adults in Guatemala, and a National Immunization Day (NID) in Udder Pradesh India. Along with Tami, Jim loved to travel and enjoyed introducing the grandchildren to European adventures. He was an avid gardener, oenophile, and proud owner of his Norwegian Elkhounds, Kelsey and Cody, who predeceased him. He enjoyed his status as the family curmudgeon, was always the life of the party and his droll sense of humor and sarcasm will be greatly missed by his family and wide circle of friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (www.littlebrothers.org), or the Guatemalan Tomorrow fund benefiting Asociaciόn Ak’Tenamit (https://thegtfund.org). Visitation Friday, September 7, 3-9PM at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 4640 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640; 10:30am, Saturday, September 8. Interment at Graceland Cemetery. For more information call 773-561-6874 or visit drakeandsonfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Prayer Service Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, September 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

James Edward Meehan Jr.

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Teagen Trejo

September 12, 2018

Kelley Fujibayashi

September 8, 2018

Jim was one of a kind, and I will miss him. Living so far away, we didn’t get as many chances to see him, but I am glad for those times. I saw him as a man who lived life on his own terms, spoke his mind, and shared life’s wisdoms and ironies with a dry sense of humor and sharp wit. We were not ready to say goodbye to him. I will think of him when enjoying a nice glass of wine, as one of my best memories of him involve his disappearance to the basement, only to emerge with a gleam in his eye and a bottle of wine of his choice to be shared with his guests. I am sorry Tom and I could not be there to celebrate Jim’s life with the rest of the family but out thoughts are with you all.

Linda Dougherty

September 7, 2018

I worked with Jim for many years and always knew what a formidable presence he was and how passionate he was for his community and working for others. My condolences to the family at this time. Personal health issues keep me from attendance in person.
Linda Dougherty, CPL

Teagen Trejo

September 7, 2018

Teagen Trejo

September 7, 2018

The happy traveler

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