Gary William Meader

  • Born: February 18, 1940
  • Died: February 22, 2019
  • Location: Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

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Littleton, NH 03561

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Gary William Meader died in his home in Sugar Hill, NH on February 22, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.

Gary was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the Midwest. He met his beloved wife, Sue, during their high school years in Iowa. They were married shortly after high school and had been married sixty years at the time of Gary's passing.

After their first daughter was born, Gary and Sue decided that college was going to be necessary for the future. Gary went to a community college during the day for two years while working the night shift at the local hospital to support his family. He received a scholarship to Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, and a promise of a night job at a local aluminum mill. He graduated two years later, the same month that Sue and Gary's fourth child was born.

Upon graduation, Gary joined General Electric in the financial management training program with his first assignment in Dekalb, IL. Over the next twenty years, Gary enjoyed numerous positions of increasing responsibility at various locations within GE, primarily in the International and Power Systems sectors. During this time, Gary and family moved often, including living in South Africa for nearly three years. When Gary left GE, he was the financial manager for the Power Systems sector.

For the next three years, Gary was Chief Financial Officer of GenCorp, in Akron, Ohio, where he and Sue lived for three years.

In 1990, Gary purchased Aegis Container, a corrugated packaging company located in Milford, NH. He continued to run Aegis until his sale of the company to his son Craig, with whom he worked alongside until his eventual retirement. He always said that he had the best of both business worlds, working for a large corporate company like GE, and owning a small business like Aegis.

Prior to moving to the mountains of Sugar Hill, Gary and Sue spent twenty-five years on Lake Winnipesaukee. Family memories while on the lake include countless hours with their children and grandchildren boating, fishing, water skiing, or just relaxing on the beach. After moving to Sugar Hill, outdoor family activities focused on hiking the White Mountains and trails around their home.

In addition to financial support of local and national charitable organizations, Gary also volunteered time and support to Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Littleton Regional Healthcare, as Trustee. Gary also enjoyed golf and reading and loved his dogs.

Gary is survived by his wife Susan, Sugar Hill, NH; his daughter Michelle Wolf and husband Charles, Danbury, CT; his son Scott Meader and wife Susan, St Louis, MO; his son James Meader, Sugar Hill, NH; his son Craig Meader and wife Lori, Mont Vernon, NH; his daughter, Pamela Perry and husband Kevin, Denver, CO; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and his sister Carole Reinland, Spokane, WA.

Contributions in lieu of flowers should be sent to the American Cancer Society or North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency in Littleton, NH.

SERVICES - Calling hours will be held at the Pillsbury Phaneuf Funeral Home in Littleton (101 Union Street, Littleton, NH 03561) on Saturday, March 2 from 10AM – 11:30AM with a funeral service to follow at 11:30AM with The Very Reverend Mark E. Dollard as Celebrant, and a private family burial to be conducted at a later date.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sue and your family ,the Stanyan Road Association Board of which Gary served with distinction and all Gary's friends on Stanyan Road express our deepest sympathies for your loss. Gary will be remembered as a great neighbor and friend. He will be in our hearts and prayers.

Posted by Richard Geden - moultonborough, NH - Neighbor   February 28, 2019

All the best regards and our heartfelt sympathy from David, Karen and I - plus our wonderful spouses- Renee [thanks Sue, for your call with her] Nike, Ray . To you and your great extended family.
Wow, I do remember when Dad brought you two up the Stanyan Road and the many family and other functions we shared.
Gary was a fine man and I enjoyed also my many business discussions with him over the years on your porch and ours.
We look forward to seeing you up in Sugar Hill later this spring, and anytime at our home on the lake .

Paul and Renee

Posted by Paul and Renee Speltz - Moultonborough, NH   February 28, 2019

My deepest condolences to the entire family. Gayle Alswanger

Posted by Gayle Alswanger - Stamford, CT - friend   February 27, 2019


Michelle & family, Wishing you comfort and support during this difficult loss. May warm memories and time together bring you peace. My sincere condolences

Posted by Erin & Bill Nielsen - Danbury, CT - Coworker   February 27, 2019


We remember our very dear friend Gary as a man with integrity and a strong sense of commitment. These qualities endeared Gary to all who had the privilege to know him.

Gary and Sue entered our lives after they arrived in South Africa in mid 1975. Our friendship was nurtured through Kevin initially working for Gary but through his and Sue's generous hospitality we got to know their family very well before they returned to the United States in the spring of 1978.

Before Gary left South Africa he made a commitment to Kevin that he would ensure that Kevin would be given the opportunity to go to the United States for a period of training within GE's International operations in New York City and Fairfield.

When we arrived with our 2 young children in Connecticut in May 1979 little did we realize that because of Gary's support our future would be forever changed.

Over the next forty years we shared so many good times as Gary and Kevin moved on in their careers. Location changes meant that that we would meet in different places Connecticut, Lake Winnipesaukee, Kiawah, Sugar Hill. We spent many wonderful days at those various locations always sharing good times and growing memories.

Of course, there was a story for every meeting!

We fondly remember the sunset cruises on the lake. We have an everlasting memory of Gary on the boat with a smile on his face as we wound our way through the beautiful coves and inlets.

Another unforgettable experience was when we docked our boat on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River and spent the night with a wonderful view of Manhattan. Sue, can you remember the hair-raising ride back to Westport in an unbelievable storm and Gary leaning out the boat attempting to fix the wipers. Despite your protestations to continue I decided to dock the boat in Mamaroneck and we took a cab back to Norwalk.

Some of our endearing memories include sharing stories about our children, grandchildren and in your cases, great grandchildren.

We remember Gary with love and affection as a wonderful, caring friend but he was so much more than that we thank him for giving us the opportunity to expand our horizons and subsequently live on 4 different continents.

Gary, we leave you with our hearts saddened but we feel very privileged and fortunate to have called you our friend for 44 years.

Kevin and Eileen McQueen

Sydney, Australia

Posted by Kevin and Eileen MCQueen - Sydney   February 27, 2019

Sue, All of us at Riverside are truly sorry for your loss. Gary was an amazing human and a true lover of his dogs! We will miss seeing him but know that he is resting comfortable with Sam. Bless you! Sharon, Cathy, Kate & Liz

Posted by Sharon Eaton - Riverside Rescue, Inc, VT - Friend   February 27, 2019

Michelle & the entire Meader family - my deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. May all of your happy memories help you through this sad time.

Posted by Ginny Santamaria - Marlborough, MA - Coworker   February 27, 2019

Heartfelt condolences to the entire Meader and extended families. In deepest sympathy ~ Wendy Matthews

Posted by Wendy Matthews - Middlebury, CT - Coworker   February 26, 2019

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