Edward T. Meehan

November 19, 1937 ‒ December 18, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  In some clearly obvious – and other subtle ways – a look around Mansfield is to see the fingerprint of Ed Meehan. A man remembered as much for his civil service as his love for his family, Ed never knew a stranger.

Former Mansfield Mayor Edward T. Meehan passed away early Friday morning in the emergency room of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 78.

Born in Bellerose, NY November 19, 1937, he was graduated from Sewanhaka High School and earned his BS in Urban Planning from Michigan State University.

In the late 60s and early 70s Ed was director of Richland County Regional Planning Commission, and left that position in 1979 after he was elected mayor of the city of Mansfield. He would go on to serve three terms as mayor from 1980 to 1992.

During his tenure as mayor, Ed spearheaded a revitalization of Mansfield’s downtown. The city’s showpiece: the Historic Renaissance Theater and attached Holiday Inn complex, as well as the renovation of blighted and abandoned buildings into The Carrousel District, are attributed to Ed’s visionary leadership.

Following his mayoral service, he put his skills as a city planner to excellent use at Edward T. Meehan and Associates Planners. He designed and provided zoning and subdivision regulations for numerous municipalities in the area including Ontario, Bellville and Madison Township.

He formerly served as interim dean of The Ohio State University Mansfield (1992).

Ed was a member of numerous Mansfield service, civic and community clubs and organizations – too many to mention – always active in promoting the good of this community and its residents.

Ed was Precinct Committee man in the Richland County Republican Party, and just last month was elected to Mansfield City Charter Commission.

He served on many executive boards, but two were very close to his heart: the Harmony House (though a former president of the board, Ed personally designed the playground), and The Ohio State Reformatory Preservation Society, of which he was serving as treasurer.

His imprint is clearly left on a family who will miss his frequent and genuine laugh; they include his wife Darlene (Burton) Meehan, whom he married March 4, 1983; a son Kevin (Andrea) Meehan of Mansfield; daughters Dawn Meehan of Naples, FL and Catherine (Kenneth) Lohr of Cape Coral, FL; a stepson Frank (Susan) Basting of Columbus; grandchildren Tyler Terrell, Tayler Terrell, Kenny Lohr, Carly Lohr, Hayley Meehan and Judith Basting; a great granddaughter Tallyn; sister-in-law Donna Bosko of Mansfield; and nieces and nephews including Eric Bosko and Kimberley Allgood.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Mildred (Burnett) Meehan; and a brother Jack Meehan.

The Meehan family will receive friends Monday, December 21, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m.  Celebrant Jerry Wilson will lead a service celebrating Ed’s life work and his contribution to the community and his family. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in Ed’s memory to two of his favorite projects: Harmony House or The Ohio State Reformatory Preservation Society may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Meehan family, send them a message of support – or see Ed’s tribute video – at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • I would to let the family know that you are deeply in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please know that he meant a great deal to everyone at the Ohio State Reformatory where he was part of our family. As a OSR volunteer myself he has touched many lives with his love for the building. and he will never be forgotten. He will be deeply missed by everyone who has come to know and love him. RIP Ed you are a very loved man.

  • Darlene and family. I feel so blessed to have known such a wonderful friend and committed leader! May you find comfort in knowing that memories of Ed will continue to live on in our hearts and minds. You are in my prayers!

  • Ed was one of the best ever. Always concerned with how you were doing, quick with laugh, dedicated, supremely enthusiastic, resourceful gave great advice, the list could go on and on. I will miss him tremendously as will the community.

  • The Mansfield community was shocked by the news of Ed’s passing from this life on December 17, 2015. I think I first met Ed back in the 1980’s when I volunteered to serve on the committee to raise the city income tax. I was a democrat and Ed a republican, but he welcomed me fully. We had friendly encounters over the years. To know Ed was to like Ed. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

  • One of a kind…That’s what Ed is to us. Our prayers and love go to Darlene, Kevin, Dawn and Catherine, as well as his entire family. Sorely missed.

  • It is hard to put into words the loss that is felt today. I have known Ed since I was a small child. I spent many years at the Meehan household with my friend Dawn. Ed was a great Dad to his 3 children and always made me feel welcome in his home. When I got married in 1985, Ed officiated. I will never forget the pride that radiated from him. He made me feel as if I was one of his own.
    Although Dawn and I have lost touch, I still feel that the Meehan family will always be a part of my life.
    He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.
    RIP Ed.

  • Ed was a visionary leader and doer for our community. I will miss seeing him downtown and my heartfelt sympathies to his family.

  • Through his visions, Tom accomplished a lot for Mansfield’s future successes and growth. His contributions to community, and especially his family, certainly earn him a spot in Heaven’s VIP section. RIP and may the Meehan Family feel His comfort in the coming days.

  • I received the news of Ed’s passing from a former neighbor in Mansfield. My now deceased husband Tavo and I lived next door to Ed and Darlene on Stewart Lane for a few years. Both wonderful people and he will surely be missed by the City. My heart and prayers go out to Darlene and family. May the love of God comfort and support you in the days ahead. Bonnie Zenil, Chandler Arizona

  • Condolences from Kathy and I to Ed’s family. I will always be appreciative of the opportunity to work with the Mayor as a City Councilman and then as Director of Public Service and Safety. His vision for Mansfield made the city a better place to live. Rest in peace Mr. Mayor as your legacy will live on and on and spark even more positive change.

  • My Uncle Ed was one special man. Ever since I was a child I looked up to him. Certainly there was a time when we were raising families in different parts of the country where were not in constant touch with one another. Over the last 20 years we made sure to talk with each other on a regular basis. I could tell in his voice how proud he was of Mansfield and more recently how he thought he was a positive influence on the restoration of the Reformatory.

    I last spoke with Ed after one of the Republican debates in November to get his take on the Governor of Ohio. We spent almost an hour on the phone. I will always remember that last conversation.

    Ed’s daughter Cathy called me yesterday and left a message to return the call ASAP. At that moment I sensed something was wrong.

    I will miss my big uncle. He made a positive difference in many lives.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Darlene , working for you and Ed is one of my fondest memories. You are both such wonderful people. I would always love it when Ed would occasionally stop at the house while I was working. I knew that he would always make me laugh. I love you both so much and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. And I know that my Momma sends her love to you also. Always in my heart, Mary Ousley

  • Ed was an AMAZING man! He did more for our community than most born and raised here. He was always upbeat , positive and caring, if you needed anything, Ed was there to help and did anything for you. Ed has been a longtime family friend and we will surely miss him. It just won’t be the same not seeing Ed around. You will forever been in our hearts and our deepest sympathy to Darlene, Kevin, Dawn, Cathy and their families.

  • Darlene & family, our thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Ron & I were both deeply saddened when we heard about Ed’s passing. Ron was among the first people Ed hired to work at Richland County Regional Planning Commission & a lifelong friendship ensued.
    Ed will always have a place in our hearts.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Ron & Marida Hout

  • Darlene, and family. Sorry to hear of your loss, and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ed was a very special man. Always willing to help, like last spring digging out 3 bushes at our downtown garden plot. Easy for him, not so much for the rest of us. Darlene I would be in Mansfield if my situation hadn’t changed. I will call you the first of the new year when I return.