Obituary of Frank B. Meehan
Frank B. Meehan, 73, passed away on October 30, 2022, in Bradenton, FL. He was born on February 27, 1949, in New York City to Frank and Rita (Whalen) Meehan. Frank grew up in the Bronx graduating from Cardinal Hayes Catholic High School for Boys in 1967.
After reading the book The Green Berets, Frank was inspired to join the Army with the hope of one day becoming a Green Beret. He enlisted in 1968 and trained with the 5th Special Forces Group in Ft. Bragg, NC. As a Green Beret, he saw combat in Vietnam, was wounded while on patrol in 1969. Later he was awarded the Purple Heart.
In 1991, Frank started a veterinary pharmaceutical distribution company called EquiMed with an office warehouse in Bohemia, New York. Years later, having always wanting a career in law enforcement, Frank applied to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). After receiving a job offer to work on the southern border, Frank sold the business and relocated to El Paso, Texas with his wife Linda in 2001. Frank later became a CBP Canine Officer, training and working with narcotics detection dogs. Following a 17-year career in CBP, Frank retired, along with his retired K9 Bora, and moved to Bradenton, FL.
Frank loved to be of service to his country and to care for animals. He enjoyed horseback riding, scuba diving in the Florida Keys, boating, and traveling with his wife.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and “Grand-Daddy-O” to three grandchildren.
Frank is predeceased by his parents Frank and Rita Meehan and his brother Joseph Meehan.
He is survived by his wife Linda Meehan, daughter Jennifer (Michael) Fisher, grandchildren Mia, Caine, and Beau Fisher, siblings Mary Ellen (Jack) Keane, Robert (Kathy) Meehan, John (Debbie) Meehan, Rosemary Meehan, and Matthew (Andrea) Meehan, cousin Kevin McKeown, many friends and CBP family.
There will be funeral mass held at 10:00AM on Monday, November 7, 2022, at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church, 310 Sarasota St, Venice, FL 34285. A graveside service will take place at 2:00PM on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to K9s For Warriors, Paws for Purple Hearts, Pets for Vets, or Mission K9 Rescue.