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William E. Meader

William E. Meader, 84, longtime of Story Street, Essex, died Wednesday May 28, 2008 in the Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, following his brief illness.

He was born in Boston on January 25, 1924, the only child of the late Everett L. and Mable (Doucette) Meader. Raised and schooled in Essex, as a young man he worked with his father in the last days of  shipbuilding in Essex. Drafted in the final years of World War II, he served two years in the Army. For more than forty years he was employed as a poultryman at Hardy’s Hatchery in Essex, and for twenty years he was employed at the Village Restaurant, Essex,  from which he retired in 2006. During more than twenty-five of these years he concurrently  served as a call fireman with the Essex Fire Department.

Mr. Meader was an avid waterfowl hunter. He also enjoyed watching professional sports and stamp and coin collecting.

He was a life member of the former Essex AMVETS post and a fifty year plus member of the American Legion Post #231.

In addition to his wife of thirty-nine years he is survived by a son, William E. Meader, Jr. and his wife Denise of Rowley; a stepson, John Parsons of Ipswich; a stepdaughter, Deborah Aiello and her husband Thomas of Gloucester; a granddaughter, Kelsie Meader of Rowley and four step grandchildren, Corey Reeves of Pittsburg, MA and  Thomas,  Carylanne and Kristen Aiello of all of Gloucester. He was the stepfather of the late Gina Reeves formerly of Hamilton.

His funeral service will be held Tuesday June 3 at 11 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich followed by interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Essex Fire Company Scholarship Fund, c/o 24 Martin St., Essex, MA 01929.



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