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Obituary: John F. “Jack” Meeker, 78

Jun 24, 2018 05:34AM ● By Theresa Gilman

John F. “Jack” Meeker

John F. “Jack” Meeker, age 78, of Wilmington, passed away on June 18, 2018.

Jack was born on May 20, 1940 in Orange, NJ; he was the cherished son of the late Harrison and Margaret (Kelly) Meeker.

Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.  He was honorably discharged on November 30, 1965 and returned home to his family.

Jack and his wife Patricia moved to Wilmington over 45 years ago where they raised their family.  Jack was an avid sports fan, he loved watching and talking about his Boston teams.  Jack also coached baseball in Wilmington for many years.  He really enjoyed coaching and reminiscing about his former players and teams.

Jack was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (O’Neill) Meeker, devoted father of John Meeker & his wife Sheila of Dracut, Ann Marie Maguire & her husband Michael of Billerica, Kathy Tivnan & her husband the late Robert of Dracut and Kevin Meeker & his wife Jamie of Andover, loving grandfather of Jillian, Jake, Kaitlyn, Connor, Brendan, Lindsey, Mia and James, cherished son of the late Harrison & Margaret (Kelly) Meeker, dear brother of Susan Britten & her husband Danny of Ontario, Canada.  Jack is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 22nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Jack’s name may be made to Home Base, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

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