Harold W. Meehan


Harold W. Meehan of Carlisle died peacefully on Feb. 24, 2015, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

Harold was born on Sept. 27, 1930, the youngest son of William C. and Myrna M. (Custance) of Lexington. He attended Lexington public schools, and after a stint as a long-haul truck driver, began his career with the family business, Custance Bros. Builders. From 1952 to 1954, he served in the U.S. Army as a private second class, driving heavy trucks in postwar Germany. In 1954 he married Betty L. Howe, his beloved wife of more than 60 years. Their wedding was originally scheduled for Sept. 11; however, due to Hurricane Edna, the wedding was postponed to the following day. Their wedding rings were engraved with the originally planned wedding date of Sept. 11, 1954.

The Meehans spent their early married life in Bedford, where they welcomed two sons, Clifford B., currently of Edgartown, and Kurt P., currently of Concord. In 1968, with the help of many friends, the family built their home in Carlisle.

In 1971, Harold established his own painting and contracting business, specializing in the finest of residential and commercial finish work. Harold W. Meehan and Sons was based in his hometown of Lexington. He enjoyed running his own business until he retired in 2007.

One of Lexington’s many “honorary mayors,” Harold would often be seen driving around town with a honk of the horn, and always a smile and a wave.

Harold enjoyed spending time with his two granddaughters from Martha’s Vineyard, who spent many vacations with their grandparents, and his three grandsons, who walked, biked, or skied through the woods to visit Grampy and Grammy.

Harold loved antique cars and trucks, was a member of the Antique Truck Historical Society, and was always interested in attending antique auto shows. For the past 50 years, he owned a 1930 Model A, which was recently restored by his oldest son. Harold was often seen in his green 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck heading to or from Carlisle’s social center, the transfer station. He enjoyed vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard and on Nichols Pond in Vermont, but he most enjoyed being home in Carlisle with a dog and a grandchild or two in his lap.

In addition to his wife and sons, Harold leaves two daughters-in-law, Mary Beth (Michalik) Meehan of Edgartown and Jacqueline (Walsh) Meehan of Concord; two granddaughters and their husbands, Jacqueline and Matt Millard of California, and Kurstin and Dayce Moore of Edgartown; three grandsons, William C., Thomas H., and Donovan J. Meehan, all of Concord; and his sister, Helen Millican of Peabody. He was brother of the late Carl Meehan and Russell Meehan.

The memorial service will be private; however, there will be a public graveside service in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Life Care Center of Acton, Resident’s Activities Fund, 1 Great Road, Acton, MA 01720. For online guest book, please visitdeefuneralhome.com.