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Thomas Owen Meacham Jr.

AGE: 77 •

Thomas Owen Meacham Jr. born October 16, 1939 in Plainfield NJ, died June 25, 2017 at the age of 77 at Hospice House of Citrus County, Lecanto, Florida. He was surrounded by his wife, Susan Ventura and siblings Margaret Meacham Smith and her husband Karl, Eugene Meacham, Sheila Meacham Dunn and Michael Meacham. Dozens of nephews, nieces and cousins living across the United States and in Europe survive him as does Tom's countless friends and partners. Family members who predeceased Tom are his parents Thomas Owen and Margaret Rossi Meacham and brother Sean (Nip).

Tuck, Tucker or Tom, all names by which he was known, was a communicant of the Catholic Church. He grew up at Sycamore Farm in Shrewsbury, NJ. He attended school in Red Bank, NJ; graduated Delbarton High School in Morristown, N.J. and after receiving his BS at Villanova University, worked for the specialist firm Walters Peck on the New York Stock Exchange. He left Wall Street to follow his heart and entrepreneurial drive to develop property in the Caribbean, Virgin Islands and Central America that included Ship Wreck Landing, Coral Bay, St. John, USVI; Honeymoon Beach Restaurant and Bar, Water Island, USVI; Posada La Hamaca Guest House, Culebra, Puerto Rico; and an extensive land development in Costa Rica. Tom held a special love for animals and was instrumental in the creation of an animal rescue service in Culebra which saw hundreds of rescued dogs and cats into good responsible homes.

The greatest thrill and joy throughout Tom's life were the numerous aeronautic activities in which he engaged: Hang gliding, paragliding, skydiving and parachuting. He attained expertise in the practice of his many passions that included fly-fishing, springboard diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and skiing. Tom traveled extensively throughout the United States that included a year long journey through Alaska and Canada.

Easily shortlisted for 'The World's Most Interesting Man', Tom was kind and absurdly generous, bound only by his rules, funny and stern, fierce, loyal, and brave; like a lion or a knight. Husband, brother, friend, benefactor, adventurer, storyteller, inventor, entrepreneur. Family and friends valued his life and mourn the loss. Service celebrating Tom's life to be announced. Those wishing to honor Tom in a way that will continuously give, may choose one of the organizations that help so many:

Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverley Hills, FL 34464 (hospiceofcitrus.org) or Friends of Culebra Animals, Inc., P.O. Box 527, Culebra, PR 00775 (http://www.friendsofculebraanimals.org)
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 16, 2017
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