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HAROLD E. MEEKER

May 19, 1950October 27, 2020

Harold (Hal) Meeker, age 70, passed away in a town he loved and deeply cared for - Danbury, CT. Hal was the definition of a Danbury Man. He was born and raised here, going through the public schools, and playing football at Danbury High School (class of 68) with buddies who became life long friends. He was a graduate of Lafayette College. He was the 4th generation owner of Meeker's Hardware, a Danbury establishment in and of the heart of downtown. He loved history and politics and had a brain for it like an encyclopedia. As a young father, he loved adventuring with his kids - whether it was snorkeling in a salt pond, camping on Candlewood Lake, or skiing in Vermont. As his children grew, so did his interest in extreme sports. He became an avid skydiver with hundreds of jumps under his belt at The Ranch in Gardiner, NY. He proudly and persistently ensured that all his children, his father (80 years old at the time) and pretty much anyone he came into contact with jumped out of a plane with him. He was passionate about the possibilities that Danbury held, the ability for the town to revitalize, and had vision to assist at risk youth, veterans, and those who found themselves homeless in town.

His spirit, heart, and antics will be missed by many. He leaves behind his sons, Wade and Keith Meeker; his daughter and son-in-law, Alyson and John Halas; his grandchildren Aidan Meeker, Mila and Layla Meeker, and Hannah and Reese Halas, as well as his sister Brenda Neary and sister and brother-in-law Carol and Kent Smith.

As per his wishes, there will be no formal services at this time and a celebration of his life will be held in the spring. Donations may be made to the Danbury Railway Museum in his honor. May he be in peace and feel our love always.

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Harry Judd

November 4, 2020

He burned the candle at both ends. It did not last the night. But oh my foes and oh my friends, it gave a lovely light. E. Millay.

A fierce and loyal friend and rare companion. I regret we lost touch years ago. He will be missed by many.

Harry Judd

Edward Nejame

November 4, 2020

With the deepest Symphati a donation to the railroad museum has been made.
The Nejame Family

Michael Hopper

November 2, 2020

So sad to see this. During my few years of working at Meeker's Hardware after school and on weekends, Hal taught me a lot about business, and about life, and how to treat people.

He taught me how to drink coffee- cream, no sugar, when I was sent to fetch coffee and donuts for the Saturday crew from across the street at Dunkin Donuts.

I learned all kinds of things about home repair, from selling parts and pieces that I initially had no idea what they were for, and how to talk to customers.

I learned hard work, loading hay in the barn, and unloading truckloads of chicken wire, pallets of Sakrete, and various other goods.

Most importantly, Hal taught me how, and how not, to ask for a raise, and that no-one is irreplaceable. I had been working there for a year, and felt that my $6.50 an hour was too low. I did my research, then went to him and stated that if he did not increase my pay, I would have to leave and work elsewhere. He sat me down, and said, "Mike, you are a good, hard worker, but that's not how you ask for a raise. Do you think that I can't hire another high school kid tomorrow to take your place? No-one is irreplaceable. In the future, if you think you deserve a raise, just say so. Don't try to threaten me. In this case, since I like you, and think that you can learn from this, I won't fire you, and yes, I will give you that raise."

Danbury has already missed Meeker's, and now it will miss Hal Meeker. I'm sure that when Hal is not selling St. Peter new hinges for the Pearly gates, he is sky-diving through the clouds.

Best wishes to the family,

Mike Hopper

Ray Barrett

October 31, 2020

I had the opportunity to work for the Meeker family in the 90's. Hal gave me a job with no relevant experience and taught me the Hardware business that helped me launch a career that I am still in today. My condolences go out to the entire Meeker Family during this difficult time. RIP Hal

Melanie Ruscoe Leibold

October 30, 2020

Deepest sympathies to the entire Meeker family and friends. Hal and I went to DHS together and I will always remember his smile. May he rest in peace.

Roberta Williams-Carroccio

October 30, 2020

I too, like a few here, went to grammar and high school with Hal. He was always with a smile, that is correct, and he genuinely treated his fellow students with respect.
To the Meeker Family, especially Hal's children and grandchildren, my warm thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow. ♥

Linda Bourque Ahlgren

October 30, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Meeker family. Rest In Peace Hal.

Fran Quinn

October 30, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to Lynn and the Meeker family; went to school with Hal and Lynn. Great memories; an outgoing person and always smiling; may God and the angels watch over him and the family.

Shirley Chapman Kurz

October 29, 2020

I went through grade school and Jr High with Hal. He was always a super nice guy and I considered him a friend. Praying for his family.

Jerelyn Fields

October 29, 2020

My condolences to your family and friends. You always had a smile on your face. Rest peacefully.

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