William 'Billy' J. Meighan, 96, passed away on March 9, 2013, at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley in Billerica, Mass. His beloved wife of 61 years, Kathryn (Tooty), preceded him in death in 2002.
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He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 29, 1917, a son of the late John and Nora (McGowan) Meighan. He graduated from Hanover Township High School, Class of 1934, and later served in World War II as a first sergeant in the European Theater. He was proudly awarded a bronze star for his service.
After the war, Bill moved to the Philadelphia area, where he and his family resided for more than 40 years. He worked as a self-employed masonry contractor during that time. Bill was also a fourth-degree Knights of Columbus member and a volunteer for many church and community organizations. He greatly enjoyed summer trips with his family to the Jersey Shore.
Upon retirement, Bill and Tooty moved back to Wilkes-Barre and remained there until her passing. He then relocated to Billerica, where he resided with his granddaughter Kathy Devlin and her husband, Joe, and family. Following this, he went to the Life Care Center, where he resided for the past eight years. "Beeb," as his family and friends knew him, was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. His family was his world.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters, and by his son-in-law, William Farley, in 2003.
Survivors include his daughter, Mary Meighan Farley of Pfafftown, N.C.; two granddaughters, Kathy Devlin and her husband, Joe, Billerica; Shawn Brier and her husband, Chris, St. Albans, Vt.; and two great-grandchildren, Tricia and Matthew Devlin.
A special thank-you is given to Kathy and Joe for all of their constant love and care, as well as to all of his caregivers and special friends at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley. Bill had a special place in his heart for his roommate and dear friend, James Lefave, as well as his friend Robert, a friend in faith and a proud World War II veteran.
All arrangements were held privately at Mr. Meighan's request. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements are under the care of the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, Billerica, and the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre. For information or to send the family online condolences, visit www.sweeneymemorialfh.com.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 15, 2013