ASHTABULA — Larry Meaney, a well-known city and county official, died Wednesday from complications from a traumatic injury after falling in his barn in April.
He was 63.
“He was such a wonderful man, kind and loving; a great father, friend and husband,” his wife, Michelle Meaney said. “He deserved better.”
Meaney’s work experience was vast. He worked for Ashtabula County for more than 24 years, starting out as a planner in the county’s planning commission and working his way up to sanitary engineering, and finally settling in as director of Ashtabula County Environmental Services.
“He really brought us together as a team,” said Janice Switzer, the county’s director of community services and planning, who worked with Meaney for more than 20 years. “It was fun coming to work; we’d get a lot of work done but we had fun doing it.”
In 2014, Meaney went to work for the city of Ashtabula as superintendent of Public Works.
City Manager Jim Timonere said he was excited when Meaney agreed to work for the city.
“He brought a wealth of knowledge,” Timonere said.
More recently Meaney served as assistant superintendent at the city’s waste water treatment plant, Timonere said.
“It’s a big loss for us,” he said.
Craig Pierce, superintendent of the city’s water pollution control department, said he’s heartbroken over the loss of his friend and co-worker.
“Everyone knew him and everyone liked him,” Pierce said. “He was a really funny guy. I’m going to miss him.”
Meaney and his wife made their home in Plymouth Township. They have two sons, Daniel and Jack.
Visitation will be held 10 a.m. to noon Monday, with services at noon at the Jefferson Home of Fleming and Billman Funeral Directors. Contributions can be made to Goodwill Industries.