Robert Patrick Meehan
February 11, 1947 - July 02, 2022
Visitation: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 3-7 pm; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry
Service: Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 10 am; Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish, Good Samaritan Church
Robert Patrick Meehan, known as Rob, peacefully entered Eternal Life on July 2, 2022, after a brief illness. He was 75. Rob was many things, including husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, great-uncle, indefatigable student of family history and genealogy, Eucharistic minister and faithful congregant of Our Lady of Peace Church/St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Eagle Scout, Scout leader, athlete, coach, domestic and international traveler, member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, a member of the Liberty Hills Executive Board, as well as a sometimes golfer extraordinaire. We say “sometimes” because it all depended on whether the course cooperated.
Born in Pittston, PA to Paul Meehan and Mary Donnelly, Rob grew up in the Green Ridge neighborhood of Scranton, PA with his sister Marilou (Thomas Sadowski) and three brothers, David (Beverly Marino), Kenneth (Patti), and Gerard. Rob is also survived by his sister-in-law Mary Margaret (Andrew Pollock).
Proudly Jesuit educated, Rob graduated from the University of Scranton in 1969. While there, he was the President of the Debate Club. Rob then attended the Dickinson School of Law and served as the Editorial Vice Chair of the Moot Court Team. Rob’s legal career began as a staff attorney to Pennsylvania’s Auditor General and then later as the Office’s Assistant Director of the Bureau of Investigations, Assistant Chief Counsel, and Chief Counsel. From there, he joined Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission, first as an attorney and then as an Administrative Law Judge. He was a judge for 25 years. Rob served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 38 years.
While service and intellectual pursuits were both important and enjoyable to him, and they certainly presented opportunities for Rob to engage his brilliant and curious mind, what Rob loved most was family. And he loved no one more than the true light of his life, Cele Ellen McGettrick Meehan. They were together for 54 years and in their 51st year of marriage. They were inseparable.
Rob rose to every adventure and challenge, including raising three very independent children. His son Patrick (Kristen) is a mechanical engineer. Bridget (Terry Brennan) followed Rob’s lead and is a member of the judiciary. His youngest, Kevin (Linell), is in management. Rob was further gifted with five amazing grandchildren: Connor, Caleb, Maeve, Tommy, and Maggie. He shared much with them, including his love of trains. Rob cultivated a unique train set for each grandchild, complete with hand-painted and hand- constructed additions. Rob was so interested in the history of trains that if you ever want to know about Lackawanna Station, the B&O Railroad Company, or the Phoebe Snow passenger train, this family has you covered.
But this is not an ending. You see, Rob was kind, patient, and wise. So much so that one of his superpowers was advising and counseling others. Always with just the right amount of sarcasm and good humor. Always. Rob’s children knew they could share any thought or idea with him. To aid them, Rob would simply ask questions he knew would lead them to the best choice. All the while making them believe they reached that choice on their own. They didn’t. Rob remains the guide and example for all of us. Thus, it is no surprise that the Good Lord recognized Rob’s willingness to serve, along with his wit and wisdom, and called him to heaven. Rob answered every call (unless he was trying to learn a new smart phone), and this last call was no different. Going forward, we know that all good things are attributable, at least in part, to Rob’s doing. Likely because he laid the foundation with carefully crafted questions.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Scranton, Royal Scholarship Fund, 800 Linden St., Scranton, PA 18510-4699 or the Center of Hope, 740 Park Road, Ambridge, PA 15003.
Memorial mass to be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 10 AM at Good Samaritan Church, 725 Glenwood Ave., Ambridge, PA 15003. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 3 PM until 7 PM at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066. Masks will be required.
Dear Cele, your love story was such a beautiful example to your children. They observed the two of you being unified parents and as a loving couple as Rob faced difficulties. May God bless and protect you and your family in the weeks ahead.
Our deepest sympathy to all of you and May the wonderful memories you hold in your hearts help you through this difficult time . What an example of a loving family you have been. God bless you all. Big hug to Kevin .
Holding you all close in my heart at this difficult time. He was an extraordinarily kind and gentle soul, and his goodness and wisdom lives on in the beautiful family. I have never forgotten the generosity of spirit towards my grandparents, great uncle, and my family during challenges, and the patience and grace he shared with us all. Much love always. Kathy and Malcolm Ford
Cele, you have my deepest sympathy upon the passing of Rob. God bless you and the family during this difficult time.
Cele your husband Rob was such a wonderful person. No wonder you are one of the nicest person I ever met. You have many of the attributes that your husband had. I hope we could talk again. God bless you and your family. Love Mary Kay