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COOPER - James "Jim" Raymond Meehan, 87, passed away on September 22, 2015. Jim was born in Philadelphia on October 5, 1927 to Rose Carney Meehan and Edward Meehan, the youngest of five children.

He was orphaned at three years old due to his mother's sickness. Jim's greatest joy as a child was a visit from his mother's sister Peg, who would take him to visit his mother in the hospital. There he learned to love by taking care of his mother through foot massages, hair brushing and reading. These care-giving traits followed him throughout his life. His high school years were spent on a self-sufficient farm run by Christian Brothers in Eddington, Pennsylvania. At age 17 he graduated with a boiler maker degree and joined the regular Army in World War II; stationed in an European Theater, 88th Division, 351st Infantry. In 1948 he separated from the regular Army at Fort Mead with an Honorable Discharge. Upon returning to Philadelphia after his discharge he became a police officer for the city for 2 years. Looking for adventure, Jim traveled to Texas during the shrimp hey day. He then traveled to Florida and purchased his own fishing party boat to do salvage work, bringing up many treasures. In 1960 his love of the sea took him to Cape May, New Jersey, where he met his beloved wife, Ramona. Jim and Ramona raised 2 daughters Kathleen and Marie. In 1972 they lost their daughter Kathleen suddenly to a brain aneurysm and in 1975 they moved to Cooper, Maine to be close with their daughter Marie. From 1976 to 1998 Jim happily drove his grandchildren and neighbors on the Cooper school bus. His wife suffered a devastating stroke which left Ramona paralyzed. Jim took loving care of her until her death in 2000. Jim continued his compassionate care-giving work through volunteering at the senior companions. He received the governor's special volunteer award in 2009. Through the years Jim continued to love hunting and fishing, sailing, long walks, family gatherings, and helping out at Wild Blueberry Land and the family farm in Addison. Jim was also a private pilot and loved flying. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and could be seen often giving his clients a ride in the side car.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, his Aunt Peg, his sister Peg, his beloved wife Mona, his daughter Kathleen, and his many beloved pets.

Jim is survived by his daughter Marie and husband Dell Emerson of Addison, grandchildren Forrest and Chelsea Maffei of Cooper, Billy Jo Becica and Karen O'Brian of Cape May, great-grandchildren Hunter Howard of Calais, Devin and Dylan Jameson of Green Creek and many friends at the Veteran's Home in Machias.

A celebration of James' caring and compassionate life will be held at a later date.
Published on  September 26, 2015
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