OBITUARY

Gerald Roger Meehan

July 20, 1936February 7, 2019

Gerald “Jerry” Meehan, age 82, of Fort Lauderdale, FL passed away on February 7, 2019, at Holy Cross Hospital, after a brief illness.

He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, son of the late William F. and Katherine Kaneft Meehan. He was a resident of Fort Lauderdale for 40 years. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha (’58), where he played baseball and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduation, Jerry became a teacher at Boys Town in Omaha. During this time he also served as a reservist in the Air National Guard. He spent his career in the non-profit industry, first as the executive director of the American Heart Association Brevard County (Titusville, FL), then as the executive director of the American Heart Association Broward County (Fort Lauderdale). He later served as the executive director of the Broward County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, before retiring. He is survived by his two loving sons, Jeff and Jamie (Mala), whom he shared with former spouse Dixie Meehan, and grandsons Austin and Shane. Jerry also leaves a sister, Judy Gammel, niece Katherine Gammel, and nephew David (Andrea) Gammel, all of Omaha, Nebraska. Jerry was also proud to have two grandnephews, Grae and Daniel Gammel also of Omaha, Nebraska. Jerry was a lifelong Rotarian, and an active member of the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach. He enjoyed playing softball in the Pompano Senior Softball League, and playing tennis and socializing with his many friends at Bay Colony Club, where he lived for 40 years. He had so many amazing friendships, and is a testament to his caring way and his sense of humor. His favorite time, however, was spending time with family, and he was so good at it - he truly was the best father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, and uncle. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4595 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s name to the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach, P.O. Box 94, Pompano Beach, FL 33061. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL 954-784-4000. Please sign the online registry book at www.dignitymemorial.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Gerald Roger Meehan

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Susan Gingerich

February 15, 2019

Jerry was an AMAZING man! Quit wit and eager to help in any way he could. I remember meeting his son, Jamie at a networking event prior and was in the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach for 2 years before I realized Jerry was his Dad! I realized that Jamie was so much like his father and that the "apple did not fall far from the tree". I loved how Jerry gave of himself to every Rotary project we had. He was usually one of the first to arrive and brought FUN to the project no matter how hard or hot it was outdoors! Jerry we will miss you terribly. You were a true Rotarian through and through and a dear friend!

Christine and Charlie Hambrook

February 15, 2019

Dear Jamie, Mala, and Meehan family,
We are saddened to hear about your dad and grandpa. He was always a pleasure to visit with and loved you all so dearly. We will miss him.

Ken Stolar

February 13, 2019

It was always a pleasure sitting next to Jerry at lunch on Friday's. He always was sincere in concerned about who he was talking to. When I was out for periods of time I could always expect that I would receive a phone call from him asking how I was. He will be missed and I know that we will see each other again.

Dee Paris

February 13, 2019

Jeff & family,

Please accept my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss...

David Kramer

February 12, 2019

Dear Jamie, Jeff and family,

On behalf of all Rotarian's from the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale, our collective hearts are heavy for the loss of your dad and a great Rotarian. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. Someone so special can never be forgotten. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Carol & Bob Savitt

February 12, 2019

To Jeff, Jamie, and all his loving family… Our sincere condolences. Jerry was one of the first people we met when we became “ snowbirds” at Bay Colony Club. He was a warm, kind person and made us feel welcome. Getting to know him over the last 13 years has been a privilege. We will miss him.
Sincerely Bob & Carol Savitt

Marguerite Mize

February 12, 2019

Dear Jeff, My condolences...its been a while since I've seen you or your father, as I only met and saw him twice but I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Marguerite Mize

Marty Zidtowecki

February 12, 2019

Dear Jeff and family
I am very sorry for your loss.....
Marty Zidtowecki

Jill Leone

February 10, 2019

Dear Jeff, Jamie and Mala and Family: I was lucky enough to know your Dad - what a sweet, kind, giving and funny person he was - we all loved him so much at Bay Colony Club. I will never forget his great smile and great cheer, I was always so happy whenever I could be with your Dad. We feel so lucky to have known him and my sincere condolences to you and your whole family, he was a very special person. With love and respect, Jill Leone