MEAGHER, Michael B. of Belleair, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at home after a long illness. He was 69 years old. Michael Meagher was President of the Maher Chevrolet in St. Petersburg. He was formerly a General Motors District Manager and then a Chevrolet Dealer in Grosse Pointe, MI. He moved his family to Pinellas County in 1988 when Mr. Meagher purchased the former Ross Chevrolet of St. Petersburg. During the last 25 years, the dealership has grown to become one of the highest volume car and truck dealerships in the nation for General Motors, receiving many awards for customer satisfaction and sales volume. On a national level, Mr. Meagher was a multi-year recipient of GM's Mark of Excellence Award and the Jack Smith Leadership Award of outstanding performance. Locally, Mr. Meagher was a past President of the St. Petersburg Automotive Dealers Association, served as President of the Tampa Bay International Auto Show and was a former director of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association. Mr. Meagher was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Detroit, MI. He was raised in Beverly Hills, MI, by his parents, James E. Meagher and Margaret (Rohde). Mr. Meagher graduated from Lawrence Tech. He also served his country as a member of the Marine Corps. He married his childhood sweetheart, Nancy (Smith) in 1968. Together they enjoyed a wonderful life and created many memories together on their boat in Harbor Springs, MI, and throughout the Great Lakes. Mr. Meagher enjoyed his time with his family and friends. He was always there with a welcoming smile and an open ear for a friend. He enjoyed the time spent at various clubs he belonged to including: Belleair Country Club, Belleair, FL; Harbor Point Golf Club, Harbor Springs, MI; The Boathouse of Harbor Springs, MI; Birchwood Country Club, Harbor Springs, MI; Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Point, MI; and the Mackinac Island Yacht Club, Mackinac Island, MI. Mr. Meagher dedicated his time and hard work to helping others in the community by being involved in many local organizations as well as being a major contributor to Moffitt Cancer Center, Morton Plant Hospital and Bayfront Hospital. Mr. Meagher is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Belleair; his daughter, Christine Warren (William) of Clearwater; and two wonderful grandchildren, Nicholas and Katie, both of Clearwater. He is also survived by his brother, Vincent Meagher of Bloomfield Hills, MI; his sister, Margaret Stevenson, of Franklin, MI. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Meagher. The family will received friends at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home on Friday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 2nd, at noon at Saint Cecelia's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
in his memory. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home (727)796-1992 or Sylvanabbey.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 31, 2013