2010-05-13 / Obituaries

Richard Joseph Meehan

Richard Joseph Meehan, R.N., beloved father, husband and son, died suddenly Monday morning while working to save another man’s life. He would have turned 46 on May 17.

Richie, a cardiac nurse at Vassar Bros. Hospital in Poughkeepsie, had many loves and passions: the ocean and the beach; traveling; gardening; camping;music and karaoke; and spending time with family and friends. But above all, the Poughkeepsie resident loved his two sons, Ryan and Dylan, and his husband, Jael Espada. Richie was born in 1964 in Carmel, New York, the tenth child of Mary and Thomas Meehan. He went to Carmel High School, a member of class of 1982. He is survived by his sons; his husband; his mother, who lives now in Virginia; and eight siblings: Thomas Meehan & wife Claudia of Missouri, Kathleen Meehan & husband Gene Minton of Virginia; Robert Meehan, of Virginia; Mary Therese Meehan & husband Wayne Mackay of Athens, NY; Anne Louise Meehan, of Patterson; Patrick Meehan, of Virginia; Margaret Vargas, of Virginia; and Joan Gatto & husband Dave Gatto, of Wappingers Falls. He was also a doting uncle to 12 nieces and nephews: Jennifer Frost & husband Geoff, Darby Meehan & wife Jennifer, Dr. Victor Scaperotti & wife Denise; Michael Scaperotti & wife Natasha, Danielle Scaperotti, Heather Smith, Rachel Vargas, Alex Vargas, Leonardo Meehan, Jessica Durso & husband John, Amanda Simpson & husband Dwyght, Stephen Ricciardi and several great nieces and nephews, all of whom held their uncle Richie close to their hearts and will miss him dearly. Other surviving family members are father-in-law Dolores Espada and mother-in-law Miriam Espada, of Puerto Rico; and four brothers and sisters in law, Joe Espada and wife Pamela; Rebecca Espada-Matos and husband Israel Matos, who have two children, Valerie and John Karlos.

He was predeceased by his older brother Daniel Meehan, who died in 1989, and an infant niece, Laura Smith, in 1974.

A memorial visitation was held by the family on Thursday, May 6, at the Cargain Funeral Home at 10 Fowler Ave. in Carmel. 845-225-3672. In addition a memorial service was held on May 10 at the Joseph Tower Building on the campus of Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, in which we celebrated the love Rich gave to all of us so freely.

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