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Paul W. Meachum, Sr.
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Paul W. Meacham Sr., 89 of Burlington, passed into God's great care on Monday, May 8, 2017. He was born on February 20, 1928 in So. Burlington, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth (DeCarr) Meacham. A graduate of Burlington High School, he then entered the U.S. Navy doing UDT and Transportation. After sailing the "seven seas", he returned to Burlington and graduated from Burlington Business College. He became proficient in drafting/design and became the first Vermonter accredited as Certified Kitchen Designer working on residential and commercial projects including homes, operating rooms/offices. He was employed by VT Structural Steel for 22 years, then Town & Country Kitchens, Companion's and owned Meacham Kustom Kitchens. With lifelong friend Henry Swan he co-wrote Heating With Wood Safely, did construction and roofing with his brother-in-law Darwin Harrington and designed and built his own "Gold Medallion" home with wife Shirley in 1965. He later worked to the age of 82 as a driver for Shearer's Chevrolet (18 yrs.) and Nissan. His working career began at age 7 pulling his wagon selling his Mother's breads, pies and cakes and later logging with his father. Paul was a member of St. Anthony's and Christ the King Parishes where he was a lay reader and served on Parish Councils, and worked on Catholic Cemetery Commission updating records to modern times. He was a Fourth Degree life member of Knights Of Columbus Council #279 serving as Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, District Deputy. He co-founded and served as President of Vermont Men's Catholic Fellowship, Catholic Family Fellowship, Catholic Golden Age, Partook of Cursillos and was a member of the Ancient Order Of Hibernians. He was proud to be Commander of American Legion Post #2 in Burlington. He volunteered with Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts and was a member as a child; Baird Children's Center, VT Assoc. For The Blind, VT Cancer Society, VT Diabetes and served as Ward 5 Polling Clerk for years. A supporter of young people, he and friends created the VT Battle of the Bands. Paul was love personified, devoted to God from childhood and to his beloved wife of 55 years Shirley (Lambert) Meacham (who passed in 2004) with whom he lived a true "love story"as her soulmate; they danced, sang, laughed, worked and raised their children together as eternal partners. He cherished each of his children (3), grandchildren (3), and great-grandchildren (7) as gifts from God. He is beloved by all who knew him as relative and dear friend. His beautiful Irish Tenor voice was lovely to hear. He had affection and respect for all, followed God's word and loves us all eternally. Thank you dearest Paul for being you. Paul was predeceased by his precious wife Shirley J. Meacham, his parents Daniel and Elizabeth Meacham, sisters Elenor Lawrence and Mary Melba Rivers, brother and sister who died at birth. Also his much loved best friend's mother and father-In-Law Dorotha (Allen) and Donald Lambert, brother-in-law William Lambert, sisters and brothers-in-law Ann and John Barr, Vivian and Dwight Johnson; nephews Wayne Casey and Stanley Jacobs and by daughter-in-law Barbara Meacham. Survivors are daughter Judith (Darryl) Knutson of Alberta, Canada, son Paul W. Meacham II Burlington, daughter Sharon (Carl) Casey, Montana; his grandchildren Paul W. Meacham III, Shannon (Patrick) Danaher his caregivers at home and Thomas H. Barry IV. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Ashley and Ethan Meacham, Hannah, Bailey, Kaiden, Gavin and Hadley Danaher; nieces and nephews Marilyn Jacobs & family, Margaret (Bill) Romano, John (Bobbie) Foley, W. Daniel (Jean) Knutson (Heidi, Beth and Jamie), Evie Casey, Jean (Bob) Koch, James (Cyndy) Barr, Kathy, Doug, Julie and Cindy Johnson families, Laurie (Les) Gove, Holly (Dan) Kotorman families, and large family of cousins in New York State. Special thanks to Natalie Bailey of VNA for her excellent care of father and Forever Thanks to Shannon and Patrick Danaher, and their sweet children for being excellent loving caregivers to father that allowed him to live in his own home again. Please know that our services for our father Paul are to be joyful, so wear bright colors and be happy and proud to have had him in your lives. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd, Burlington. Online condolences in care of www.readyfuneral.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday June 3, at 11:00AM in St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Flynn Avenue, Burlington. Burial with military honors will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery, Hinesburg Rd, So. Burlington. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to Vermont Catholic Charities, 55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05402.

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