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Patrick Meconi 1925-2019

Patrick Meconi, 93, of Wilmington died on June 3 at Wilmington Hospital, surrounded by his family.

He was born Pasquale George Meconi in Williamsport, PA to the late Giuseppe and Anna Maria Imbriacco Meconi, two Italian immigrants. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, entering upon his 18th birthday. But before induction, Pat co-chaired the bond drive at Williamsport High School that raised enough money to buy five jeeps for the Army. He was a cadet officer training to be a B-29 flight engineer in San Marcos, TX when the war ended. He attended Kutztown State Teachers College in Kutztown, PA and Pennsylvania State University in College Park, PA on the GI Bill, graduating from Penn State with a B.A. in Architectural Engineering, the first and only member of his family to get a four-year college education. One summer during college, Pat assisted his brother by coaching in the very first Little League World Series in Williamsport.

You may not have known Pat, but you might know his work. He was an architect for over 60 years, heading his own firm for the last 46 years of his career. He retired only to care full-time for his late wife. Among his more than 800 commissions were the Chandler Funeral Home on Concord Pike, Tilton Terrace Nursing Home in Wilmington, the Wilmington Swim School, the Port of Wilmington’s Refrigerated Warehouse, the Hockessin Community Library, Churchman Village nursing home in Newark, the Warren-Franklin Hall dormitory at Delaware State University in Dover, Cavanaugh Ford Motors in Salisbury, MD, the restoration of the Cupola atop Legislative Hall in Dover, and his own home on Shipley Road. Nationally, he had projects from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico, including the brand new Mary Black Memorial Hospital in Spartanburg, SC. In a profession not always known for repeat clients, he had 84 different projects over four decades for the Mount Pleasant/Brandywine School District. He once described architecture’s enduring appeal for him by saying, simply, “After a building is finished, you can stand there and look at it.” He was appointed by three governors to four terms on the State Board of Examination and Registration of Architects, serving for 16 years, and also served for three years as a director on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Pat often called himself “the luckiest man in the world.” He said he was “blessed with great parents (a couple of tough cookies), military service, a great education, a wide-ranging, very interesting architectural career, all while living in the greatest country in the world — ever — despite all its faults, and on top of all of that, a fabulous bride who raised a great family and was everything to me.” He was extremely well read, with a personal library of over 1,000 books (only one of them a work of fiction), from which he could quote extensively. He was notable for always making Christmas special for his family. In his final years, he entertained his family by writing and distributing, a page or two at a time, his multi-chapter “Gramps Scrapbook” detailing his memories of growing up during the Great Depression, his military service, and his years as an architect (with a measure of personal philosophy and political commentary as well).

In addition to his parents, Pat was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lewis Meconi; his sisters Mary Devereaux, Sylvia Baldini, Delphine Pierri, and Johanna Casale; his brothers Toselle Meconi, Dominic Meconi, Rocco Meconi, Julius Meconi, and Amos Meconi; and his granddaughter, Kelly Meconi.

He is survived by his four children, Vincent Meconi and his wife Sharon of Wilmington, Honey Meconi and her husband Michel Godts of Rochester, NY, Kevin Meconi and his wife Michele of Wilmington, and Michael Meconi of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Lindsay Selk and her husband Steven, Jamie Meconi and her husband Michael Mayo, and Yannick Godts; and one great-grandchild, Jackson Selk.

The Meconi Family is grateful for the excellent care provided to Pat by the Wilmington Hospital Intensive Care Unit, Shipley Manor Nursing Home, and caregivers Debbie Matthews and Gina Thomas.

Funeral Services

A visitation will be held on Monday, June 10 at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, fittingly, a building that Pat designed, where friends may call from 6:00 until 9:00 PM. Burial will be private.

Condolences

    Gena Thomas lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest condolences to the family. It was a pleasure helping Mr. Meconi. I've learned a lot from him during the time we've spent together. He had an amazing life for I've read gramps scrap book too. He will truly be missed!
    06/05/2019 03:23 pm
    Jim & Julie (Pierri) Falzone writes,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Pat was the last of the Meconi siblings - the last three passing in the last 2 months. They were certainly quite a group who left their mark on the world in their own way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we all grieve at this time. Jim & Julie
    06/05/2019 06:01 pm
    Debbie Matthews writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. It was a privilege and a honor to know and care for Mr. Meconi. "The luckiest man in the world" He used to love for me to bring my grand daughters over on Saturdays to play on the piano. Come to think of it, He probably didn't mind because he couldn't hear them. 🤔
    06/05/2019 07:03 pm
    Tom Collins writes,
    Vince: I'm sorry for the loss of your dad. What a legacy he leaves behind with such great body of work. Im sure you and your family are very proud
    06/06/2019 04:55 pm
    MARK PARSONS lit a candle and writes,
    Michael and Family - So sorry for your loss. I remember your Dad quite well during our younger years and those days were always enjoyable. He was a wonderful man and I'm sure he will be deeply missed - God Bless You all...…… Mark Parsons
    06/09/2019 06:53 am
    Silvana Dominioni lit a candle and writes,
    Vince, I am deeply sorry for your loss and am sending prayers to you and your family. May the good memories keep you strong during this difficult time.
    06/10/2019 09:53 am
    Carrie D Hall lit a candle and writes,
    To the Meconi family . I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. It was a privilege working for your family.
    06/10/2019 12:34 pm
    Jason LaMora writes,
    Sir, I would like to extend my condolences to you and your family. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Sgt. LaMora
    06/10/2019 04:19 pm
    Heath Gehrke lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for your loss, Vince. I didn’t know your father, but he sounds like an amazing man. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    06/10/2019 05:46 pm
    Rhona Bronson lit a candle and writes,
    An amazing man with an amazing family. He clearly left his mark not only on his family, but on the community at large. Thanks for sharing so many of the wonderful details of his life and contributions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    06/11/2019 02:34 pm

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