OBITUARY

James "Jim" F. Meehan

June 20, 1934October 15, 2018
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James “Jim” F. Meehan, 84 of Swanzey, NH, passed away on October 15, 2018 at Applewood Nursing Home after a period of declining health.

He was born on June 20, 1934 on a “beautiful day in Brooklyn”, as he liked to say, the son of Frank and Margaret Mary (Long) Meehan. He attended Brooklyn Tech and spent his early days working at some of the finer banking institutions in NYC and tending bar. He always said he wasn't the best bartender in the world but he could keep the drunks entertained. In 1964, Jim started his own accounting firm and drove to his clients and working out of a VW van which was converted into a mobile office.

Jim was a natural speaker and more than comfortable in front of a crowd. He had a phenomenal sense of humor and worked as a stand-up comedian and MC in the 50's and 60's. He once shared the stage with Rodney Dangerfield had a television appearance on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour where he won 2nd place.

On September 10, 1964, Jim married Lois A. Clark. The two relocated to Marlborough, NH where they owned and operated the Suffolk House Restaurant from 1972 to 1986, now known as Audrey’s Cafe. Jim also worked for Beech Hill Hospital as Facilities Manager and lecturer and later retired as Facilities Manager for Cheshire County.

In 1994, Jim graduated with an Associates degree in Safety Science from Keene State College.

After retiring, Jim went back to what he knew best and started an accounting firm out of the family dining room. That little, part time gig grew into “Jim Meehan and Son Tax Preparation and Bookkeeping Services” in Keene, which is still family owned and operated by his son, Matthew.

Jim loved baseball and grew up a die hard Brooklyn Dodgers fan. After moving to New England he became a fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots very rarely missing a game on the TV or radio. He also loved playing golf at Brentwood and could be found there on almost any given day. In recent years, Jim rekindled his love for building models and traveling and especially enjoyed experiencing the different cuisines on his adventures.

Jim was a very special man who touched the heart and soul of anyone that met him. The door was always open and the coffee was always on. He would always make time if someone needed to talk day or night and always had a few 'new' jokes at the ready. He was one of the most caring, kind, generous, and funniest people that ever walked “gods' little green earth”.

Jim will be dearly missed by his sons: Michael and his wife Meaghan of Lebanon, ME, Matthew and his significant other Kristy of Keene, NH; Daughters: Kathleen and Victoria; Companion: Sally Lazzaro of Swanzey, NH; grandchildren: Cassidy, Ada, and Milo; sister-in-law: MariAnn Meyer; Cousin: Doris; as well as several nieces and nephews, his Sunday Breakfast Club, and the many friends of Bill W.

He is predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years: Lois A. Meehan; daughter: Eileen Margaret Meehan; son: Kevin Robinson; and brother: Robert Meyer.

Family and friends are invited to Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a Celebration of Life. A time of sharing will begin at 5:15 pm. Burial at Pine Grove Cemetery in Marlborough, NH will take place at a later date.

While flowers will gladly be accepted, memorial donations in James F. Meehan’s name may be made to the Keene Serenity Center, PO Box 327, Keene, NH 03431 (www.KeeneSerenityCenter.org).

  • FAMILY

  • Lois A Meehan, Wife
  • Michael Meehan and his wife Meaghan, Son
  • Matthew Meehan and his significant other Kristy Nordstrom, Son

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, October 24, 2018
REMEMBERING

James "Jim" F. Meehan

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Mary Lawlor

October 24, 2018

Jim Meehan was one of the kindest people I have ever known. At a very lonely, low point in my life, he restored hope for me with practical help and enormous warmth. I will always remember him with great fondness and gratitude. My heart is with his family and loved ones as they grieve their loss.

Jane Parent

October 20, 2018

So saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful man who helped many people. He always had a smile and opened his home to many. The last time I saw him was at Market Basket and he was dealing with his health issues but he was the same old Jim. Smiling and always quick to give a hug. With his help many years ago, I saved myself and my family.
To his family my thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

Marcia Kayser

October 17, 2018

Such a funny, kind, brave, wonderful man. He left us with an abundance of respect and warm memories.

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