Patrick James Meyers, Sr., better known as simply “Jim” to his family and friends, age 78, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Everett, passed away on February 4, 2013, at the Mass. General Hospital.
Jim was born in Ashland, Wisconsin on August 18, 1934 and was the cherished only son of Peter and Helen (Uitto) Meyers. Jim grew up and worked as a young boy on the family farm in Wisconsin. He and his twin sister Patsy also loved to spend time on Madeline Island with their aunt and uncle. In his early teens, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois where Jim graduated from Chicago High School in 1952.
Jim enlisted into the U. S. Navy in August of 1952, during the Korean War and served aboard the USS Wilkinson. While on leave Jim met the love of his life Monica King through mutual friends. The couple married on January 20, 1956, while he was still on active duty. Jim was honorably discharged on July 19, 1956 and returned home to his beautiful wife.
Jim and Monica embarked on a great life together, they lived in Chicago for a short time before returning to Everett, MA in the late 1950’s. Jim and Monica lived in Everett for most of their married life and where they raised a large and loving family. Jim and Monica shared more than 57 years together before her passing just a couple of weeks ago. During their marriage they enjoyed going dancing with friends every Saturday night. They both loved the holidays shared with family and friends, and they both made family their priority.
Jim’s favorite holiday was Christmas. He would often be seen outside their Everett home the day after Thanksgiving decorating the house and yard making it his own colorful masterpiece. When the outside was done, he went right in to start the Christmas tree. He always wanted to make the most of the holiday season and make it as special as he could for his children and grandchildren.
Jim will be remembered for his love of sports – high school, college, or professional sports, he loved them all. In his early years he played basketball and baseball and later on he coached football for his boys. In his later years he loved to follow his grandchildren’s sporting events, always there to show support and root them on. And although he loved watching sporting events on television, his passion was to listen to the Red Sox Games or the Boston College Football games on the radio.
Prior to retiring, Jim worked as a truck driver for Concord Steel and Turner Trucking and was also a member of the Teamsters Union Local #25 in Charlestown. Jim was a dedicated employee and hard worker; he sometimes drove for long hours but he was never too tired to spend time with his family, they were the light of his life.
Jim’s devotion for is family was unwavering and his love for them unconditional. He loved his wife dearly and truly missed being with her over these last few weeks. As a father, he was second to none, always making sure his children had what they needed and showing the love and support only a parent can do. When Jim became a grandfather the world changed for him. His love grew even more for those kids. He cherished the time spent at school activities, dance recitals, sporting events, and every milestone and celebration in their lives. Jim’s pride for his family was as evident as their love for him. He was truly “one of a kind” and will be greatly missed by all.
Jim was the beloved husband of the late Monica M. (King) Meyers, devoted father of Donna M. Meyers of Wilmington, Jim Meyers and his wife Marybeth of Middleton, Stephen M. Meyers and his wife Aeri of North Reading, and Raymond K. Meyers and his wife Gayle of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Daniel Meyers and his fiancé Carolina, Andrea Meyers, Evan Meyers, Jarod Meyers, Julianne Meyers, and Olivia Meyers, cherished only son of the late Peter and Helen (Uitto) Meyers, dear brother of Eleanor Rosone of Illinois, Connie McDonald of Minnesota, the late Virginia Meyers, Helen Filetti, and his twin Patricia Jarosz. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, February 8th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 7th from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave. Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062-5040.