Roy P. Meehan, Jr.

Roy P. Meehan, Jr., 87, of Ellwood City, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday afternoon, September 11, 2010, in the Mary Evans Extended Care Unit at the Ellwood City Hospital.

He was born in Wayne Township on April 14, 1923 to the late Roy P. Meehan, Sr. and the late Ethel Mae Roxbury Meehan. He was married to the late JoAnn Seidel on September 29, 1950, who passed February 20, 1988.

He graduated from Lincoln High School and the New Castle Business College. He attended Geneva College for three years.

Upon graduation from college, he went to work for two years as a bookkeeper for the Boyles Coal & Supply Company of New Castle. He then worked for U.S. Steel, National Tube Company Ellwood Works for 32 years until their closing. He then went to B&W/McDermott for 9 ½ years until they closed. He then went to manage the Ellwood City office of AAA for eight years until they closed and he worked for the Butler Auto Auction until he officially retired.

He was chosen the first Young Man of the Year and later the Outstanding Man of the Year Service Award. He served ten years on the Ellwood Area School Board and eight years on Ellwood City Council. He served two terms as mayor of Ellwood City.

He enjoyed singing and won first place in the Horace Heit Search for Talent in Youngstown, OH. He appeared on his show at the Manos Theater in Ellwood City. He sang with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and with the Shelby Male Chorus. He was also a member of the Ellwood Area Civic Chorale for many years.

He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, the choir, past superintendent of Sunday School, as well as an elder. He opened the church each Sunday for the last ten years.

He is a past president and secretary of the Ellwood City Lions Club and held membership in the Saxon Club, Loyal Order of Moose, Sons of Italy, the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary, American Cancer Society, Ellwood Area Historical Society, Ellwood Lodge #599 Free & Accepted Masons, Ellwood City Chapter #212 Order of the Eastern Star, Valley of New Castle Consistory, and AARP.

He was on the Board of Health and Human Services and the Ellwood City Area Family Center as treasurer. Most recently, he was honored by the Ellwood City Arts, Crafts and Food Festival for providing the seed money and energy 30 years ago to start the yearly Fourth of July celebration. In addition, he was honored with a Community Service Award by Mayor Anthony J. Court and the Ellwood City Police Department for his outstanding dedicated service to the people of Ellwood City.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters: John, Dean, Thelma, and Rhea.

He is survived by a son and twin daughters: Jeff (and Stacey) Meehan of Ellwood City, Holly (and George) Hampe of New Brighton, and Heather DeCaro (and Frank Barile) of Ellwood City.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Mallory and Michael Meehan, Brittany and George Philip Hampe, Nicole (and David) Golish, and Ryan and Mark DeCaro. Three great grandchildren also survive: Taylor Paige, Hunter, and Landon.

Also surviving are a brother, Jim (and Charmaine) Meehan of Ellwood City, two sisters: Mary Jane Seidel of Ellwood City and Sally Greger of Carlisle, and a sister-in-law Jean Meehan, of Ellwood City.

Friends will be received from 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. on Monday, September 13, 2010 and from 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Additional visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at Christ Presbyterian Church with Rev. R. Tod Custer, his pastor, officiating.

Entombment will follow in Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery Mausoleum, Wayne Township.

Members of F.&.A.M. #599 should meet at the funeral home at 6:45 P.M. on Monday, September 13, 2010 to conduct a Masonic Funeral Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Family Center, 311 College Street, or Christ Presbyterian Church.

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