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“My Sincerest Condolences to Jim's family. I worked with Jim at Lord Electric in the late 1970s and early 80s. I always considered him a mentor and...Read More »
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“Thank you for your kind words ... He was well loved and lived life to the fullest. The Meade Family ”
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James J. Meade, better known as Jim, J.J., Dad and Grandpa, died peacefully at his home in Hilton Head, SC, Sunday (Oct. 27) after a long, hard-fought illness that had sapped his strength but never his spirit. He was proud and dignified until the end, at age 80. Mr. Meade was born in Weymouth, Mass., on April 15, 1933, the son of John and Stella Meade, the brother of Ronald "Jim" Meade and William Meade, both of Weymouth, MA; Rita Catalano of Plymouth, MA; and the late Cyril "Charlie" Meade, Robert Meade, Greg Meade and Helen Connolly. He attended Boston College High School and later married his sweetheart, the late Kathleen "Kay" (Coughlin) Meade. Together, they raised with love seven children, Cheryl A. Pacella of Dedham, MA; Susan L. Colasanti of Lecanto, FL; Debra L. Anderson of Dennis, MA; James J. Meade Jr. of Amherst, VA; Laura Meade Kirk of North Attleboro, MA; Jacqueline Palanzi of Bealeton, VA; and Jeffrey C. Meade, of Brentwood, NH. Dedicated to providing for his family, Mr. Meade became a journeyman electrician and joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.) Local 103, a membership he held dear to his heart. He quickly rose through the ranks from electrician, to project manager and vice president, working at M.B. Foster Electric Co., Lord Electric Co. and Joy Electric Co. But he also enjoyed his side jobs at the former Morey Pearl's restaurant in Quincy, MA, and "running the rabbits" at the Wonderland Race Track in Revere, MA. In addition, he was an incredible handyman who made sure each of his children could change a tire, hammer a nail and call Dad when all else failed. Over the years, they lived in Abington and Weymouth, MA, and Exeter, NH, before Jim and Kay retired to Hilton Head in 1995, where they'd built their dream home. Sadly, Kay died a year later of cancer. Mr. Meade was fortunate to find and marry the second love of his life, Anne (Coughlin) Meade, but she, too, died of cancer in 2003. He remained in Hilton Head, though he frequently visited family and friends along the East Coast until his health failed. But he continued to share his love, creating personalized greeting cards and photo DVDs for all holidays, birthdays and family events. He also created lifelong memories for his family by hosting remarkable family reunions for his seven children, 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren in Hilton Head. Through his visits and phone calls, Mr. Meade remained incredibly close to everyone – providing ongoing guidance, support and love until the end. He will be sadly missed, but his life and legacy will continue to guide and inspire all who knew him. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Francis by the Sea Church in Hilton Head, S.C. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Francis by the Sea, 45 Beach City Road Hilton Head Island SC 29926 or Hospice Care of America 460 William Hilton Pkwy, Suite F-1 Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.