Gene W. Meekins Jr. dies at age 57

Gene Ward Meekins Jr., a banker who enjoyed sport fishing, died of cancer Monday at his Ellicott City home. He was 57.

Born and raised in Catonsville, he was a 1971 Catonsville High School graduate and played football for its team. He earned a business degree at what is now Towson University.

Mr. Meekins was a branch manager for Edmondson Federal Savings and Loan in Catonsville and was a senior vice president and commercial lender for SunTrust Bank. He worked for SunTrust's not-for-profit division in Washington.

"He was good at seeing the humor in situations," said his wife, the former JoAnn Schneider. "His co-workers said how much he brightened up the office."

Mr. Meekins, who owned a Grady-White boat, enjoyed his time on the Chesapeake Bay and in Ocean City.

Family members said that on April 2, Mr. Meekins fulfilled a wish to have one more outing on his boat. He launched it for the spring fishing season in Ocean City.

He also enjoyed waterfowl hunting on the Eastern Shore. He played guitar and listened to Eric Clapton and Jimmy Buffett. He cooked Italian dinners and spent time perfecting a margarita recipe.

As a younger man, he was involved in Boy Scouts of America and coached youth travel lacrosse for COBRA in Howard County.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

In addition to his wife of 31 years, survivors include a son, Eric J. Meekins, and a daughter, Kristen Meekins, all of Ellicott City; his mother, Angeline Meekins of Catonsville; two brothers, Frank Meekins of Catonsville and Charles Meekins of Westminster; and three sisters, Carol Jackson, Jacqueline Meekins and Louisa Meekins, all of Catonsville.

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