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SARASOTA, FLA. - Gerard L. Meehan, 83, died Monday evening, April 7, 2014, at his Sarasota residence, surrounded by his children and his faithful dog, Sweetie.

Gerard was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Lowellville, a son of Thomas and Althia Geiger Meehan.

He attended Lowellville High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from July 1948 to 1955 with an honorable discharge.

Gerard was an Iron Worker for Local 207, retiring in 1993, then moving to Florida. While in Florida, he enjoyed being the “Coffeeman” at Orange Acres Community.

He was a member of the Saxon Club, Apprenticeship Iron Workers, VFW No. 3538 and SGT of Arms Iron Workers Local 207. He enjoyed boating, remodeling, the Canfield Fair, time in his yard and spending moments with his children and grandchildren.

His wife, the former Ila Ware, whom he married on June 9, 1951, died May 11, 2010.

He is survived by his five daughters, Sandra (Edward) Stiles of Sarasota, Cynthia (Charles) Jasinski of Poland, Darlene (Gerald) Miller of Templeton, Pa., Patricia (James) Hobbs of Parkville, Mo., and Norene Scheck and fiancee Dale Ridenour of Plainfield, Ill.; son Gerard F. “Gary” and (Julia) Meehan of Lake Milton; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer, Bryan, Ryan, Kurt, Eric, Tricia, Adam, Ila, Kaitlin, Anthony, Collin, Jay, Shellie and Jessica; seven great-grandchildren, Brylee, Maycee, Emilie, Ashlynn, Aaron, Kyla, and Clara; two sisters, Margaret LaBarba and Joan Schultz; sister-in-law, Norene Wilson; and his “buddy,” Edward Stiles Sr.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Pat and Freddie Meehan; sister Sue Phillips; and infant son

Gerard’s family would like to send a special thank you to Katie, Todd, Sandi and the staff of Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota for making his final journey so peaceful.

Private services were held Saturday at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Contributions may be made to the Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238 or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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“sending you our deepest sympathy”

 » tina belfast,trina, tarrah on April 15, 2014

“sending you our deepest sympathy”

 » tina belfast,trina, tarrah on April 15, 2014

“Dear Family, We send our sincere sympathies to you. Joe & Karen”

 » Joe & Karen Edwards on April 14, 2014

“prayers to you and your sorry for your loss.”

 » tina belfast on April 15, 2014

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