It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend, Margaret Meehan.
Here are a few tributes from board members.
One of my least favorite CTA Metro NY projects has been getting up for the 7.15 am train to Albany over the last few years for a 3 hour train ride, the cab ride to the statehouse and then endless walking up and down the legislative office building hallways for hours to have meetings with legislators in support of the Child Victim Act.
In this project, Margaret has been my inspiration and role model. Margaret never missed a trip to Albany and was always early to Penn Station for the 7.15 am train. She never complained for a minute about her knees and the obvious discomfort she must have been in. I have such clear memories of her going in and out of meetings with legislators in support of the Child Victim Act. She was a vigorous supporter of justice for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Margaret hosted many of the monthly 12 member board of director meetings in her living room. She provided such a warm welcome to the board and generously provided wine and cheese after the board meeting. It is hard to describe what a loss Margaret will be to the CTA Chapter projects, mission and leadership team. On a personal level, I am so sad about her passing. I will miss Margaret on that 7.15am train to Albany and hope that next year we will be able to toast her when the Governor signs the Child Victim Act.
Rest in peace Margaret.
Margaret Meehan was a very gracious and thoughtful woman. When I arrived at her place in Cooper Village for CTA meetings, she always personally welcomed me at the door and insisted on hanging up my coat, despite my protests. Her service of wine and cheese at the end of every meeting was very special and helped greatly to develop a sense of community and friendship among the CTA members.
She and I worked in the New York City schools and we spoke on a number of occasions about the huge commitment needed to serve the students in the high schools where we taught. We were both strong supporters of the teachers' union, the UFT.
Her contributions at CTA meetings showed real intelligence and a heartfelt belief that the Catholic Church had to move away from clericalism and legalism to the open spirit of the Second Vatican Council.
Margaret, a wonderful lady, will be deeply missed by her family and parish and is a big loss to CTA.
May she rest in peace.