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Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL

OBITUARY

Paul J. Meador

December 22, 1929August 8, 2019
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Paul J. Meador, age 89, August 8, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Betty; Loving father of James (Debra), Allan (Beverly) and David (Donna) Meador; cherished grandfather of James J., Nicole and Melissa. Funeral Monday 10 a.m. in Woodlawn Funeral Home 7750 W. Cermak Road; Forest Park, IL. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery Visitation Sunday 3p.m. to 8p.m. Mr. Meador was known as the "Mayor of Oak St. Beach", a former body builder who achieved the following: former Mr. Chicago, Mr. Illinois and a runner up in Mr. America. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.woodlawnchicago.com for the Meador family. (708) 442-8500.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Interment Monday, August 12, 2019

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John Stajcic

August 14, 2019

Wishing my sincere condolences Jim to you and your family on the passing of your dad. I well remember him coming out for a boat ride years ago when we worked together. He was in better shape than most of us on the Marine Unit. God Bless you all until the day we reunite together with our Lord in His Kingdom forever.

Richard Oberman

August 10, 2019

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Paul Meador. Seeing Paul at ladder #1 was a highlight of every trip to the beach. Over the years, I spent many many afternoons swimming, working out, people watching, and discussing a wide array of topics with him. During this time, I also introduced him to countless friends and family members. I even introduced my "girlfriend" Dina to him on our first date. All that met him fondly remember his bronze tan, glistening smile, and warm personality. "The Mayor of Rush St." and "The Crusher" were some of the names kindly bestowed upon him. Paul had been a lifelong competitor in strength competitions, bodybuilding contests, and track events. Some of his many feats include being crowned the United States Judo Champion and "Mr. Chicago". Paul, I will miss you and will think of you every time I pass Ladder #1.

Diver Dave

August 9, 2019

I only knew Paul for 40 years since I first met him at Ladder #1 at oak st beach... If the ole sun was shining you could always find " The Mayor" sitting in his lawn chair working on that PERFECT sun tan and that wasn't just during the summer - he was at the beach all 12 months of the year smiling and talking to the 1000's of friends and people passing by and the rest of us beach bums that made Ladder #1 home . I told Paul that he's the most famous person in Chicago .
Oh sure , the sun will shine and the lakes water will always be there but it will never be the same now that he's gone and no one can ever take his place . I went to see him a few days ago and I held his hand and told him I loved him and will pray for him and his family . Paul was the best friend anyone could ever have and I miss him dearly .
Diver Dave
Ladder #1
Oak St Beach

daniel orzechowski

August 8, 2019

I was a life guard on the north ledge of oak street beach from 1966 to 1971. Paul was a wonderful friend to all the lifeguards. I saw and spoke to him almost every day during my life guard years. In the years following I visited oak street and Paul was there and we would reminisce about the wonderful years and friends we had made at oak street beach. Paul is now in heaven enjoying an idyllic lakefront. We will miss you dear friend.

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Paul and his Father Joseph

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Paul and his Mother Anne

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Paul and his Mother

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Paul and his Father

Biography

Paul J. Meador was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Paul always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Paul was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Paul was born on December 22, 1929 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Joseph and Anne Meador. Paul was raised in Little Village in Chicago, Illinois. Always able to express himself well, Paul possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Paul was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      As a young child, Paul showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Paul enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in track and was a hiigh school track star. He was in AAV and CYO (Catholic youth organization). In his spare time he liked to exercise. Paul's memorable achievements included multiple awards in track and field.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Paul was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Crane High School. In 1948. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was P.E. and he achieved several track and field awards.

      When the goal of college was in sight, it became important to Paul. Again, his direct, “down to earth” approach served him well. He was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. He attended Moler barber college.

      In 1951 Paul exchanged wedding vows with Betty Blanch Saliny. At the City Hall in Chicago, IL. Paul was attentive to Betty's feelings, and he charmed Betty and others with his gift of being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Paul was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Paul identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Paul was blessed with three sons James, Allan and David. They were also blessed with Three grandchildren., James Jr., Nicole and Melissa.

      Paul was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Paul’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Paul was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Paul could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was Barber. He was selfemployed as a barber for 70 years.

      Paul was an Illinois National Guard. Paul was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was in Chicago from 1948-1954. He achieved the rank of PFC. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Paul enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were weight lifting, body building, boxing and swimming. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Paul was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Paul played track and field. Recreational sports included weight lifting, body building, boxing and swimming. Paul was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were track and field, boxing and wrestling.

      Paul was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Paul worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. In high school, Paul was a member of the golden gloves boxing. Throughout his later years, Paul was an active member of the masons, chicago police weightlifting club and running club and multiple marathons since 1976.

      Paul’s natural leadership qualities placed him in consideration for public recognition, earning him accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included Mr. Chicago, Mr. Illinois and runner up for Mr. America.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Paul truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Oak Street Beach right in Chicago, IL.

      Paul was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Paul’s favorites was Beauty the Collie and Kimmy the cat. They were best friends for Beauty 10 years and Kimmy for 17 years. His family was rounded out by his tropical fish.

      When Paul’s retirement finally came in 2017, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. His new life involved relocating to North Riverside a suburb of Chicago to enjoy the forest preserve woods.

      Paul passed away on August 8, 2019 at at The Scottish Home of North Riverside, IL. Paul fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his sons James Allan And David. Services were held at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Paul was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest PArk, IL.

      Paul was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Paul had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Paul J. Meador.