Very much a local resident, Jack Meade lived on Wilhelmina Street, Philadelphia Street, Grove Avenue, and Manchester Avenue, all in Anaheim. He graduated from Washington Elementary, Fremont Junior High, and then Anaheim High School. He also worked for local companies — retiring from Dixie Cup and then working as the “night stocker” at Angel Stadium. When it came time to serve his country, he joined the Army and spent time in Korea. Jack was never married, but leaves behind his brother Jay Meade and his wife June, also of Anaheim, sister Judy Soper and her husband Bill of Redondo Beach, several good friends, and many nieces and nephews. In his later years, Jack needed help from his friends and neighbors — Juvenal Vargas Morfin, Pedro Cuevas, Marcos Martinez, Kate Minor, and her son Joey. When Jack could no longer drive, these friends all stepped forward to enable Jack to stay in his mobile home by shopping for him, taking him to his medical appointments, helping him with tasks, and watching out for his needs. He tried but he could never thank them enough for what they did for him. If ever there was a local guy, Jack Meade was the one. If he had the chance, he would say thank you to Anaheim and to all those who were there for him.
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