Hon. Wendell W. Meldrum LLB, Q.C., D.C.L
The family of the Hon. Wendell W. Meldrum LLB, Q.C., D.C.L,
of Sackville, New Brunswick. wish to announce his passing at
age 88. Wendell passed away peacefully at his home
after a long decline in his health on Wednesday the 13th day of
He was born on the 27th day of June 1924 in Simpson's Corner, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. He was a son of the late Hazen and Bernice (Simpson) Meldrum.
He enlisted in the RCAF on the day he graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1941. He served as a Pilot with the Ferry Command for the duration of the Second World War. After the War he attended Dalhousie Law School, graduating in 1948. Immediately following graduation he moved to Sackville, New Brunswick where he began the practice of law. Sackville was his residence for the remainder of his life.
During his many active years in Sackville he served as president of the Kinsmen Club, the Rotary Club, the Sackville Golf Club and the Royal Canadian Legion. He participated at all levels of many other church and community service groups and activities including a number of years as leader of the Sackville United Scout Troop. He was a farmer at heart and an avid golfer, enjoying many years and friends in the Maritime Senior Golf Association.
He joined the Liberal government at the request of then premier Louis J. Robichaud, as Attorney General in 1964. He also served with the Liberal government as Minister of Justice, Minister of Health and Minister of Education. He was a motivating force behind the Equal Opportunity Program. Following his resignation as an MLA he practiced law again briefly in Sackville before being appointed a Judge in 1976. Judge Meldrum retired for health reasons nearly 20 years later.
He will be dearly missed by Dorothy, his wife for 69 years ; sons Wynn (Sharon), Kirk (Mona), all of Sackville; 4 grandchildren, Allyson (Craig) Burgess, Hilden, Nova Scotia, Wendy Meldrum, Sackville, New Brunswick, Sara (Stephen) Youngner, John's Island, South Carolina and Mark (Colleen), Foam Lake, Saskatchewan; 3 great grandchildren, Andrew Burgess, Karlee Burgess and Brady Senior; as well as his sister Cecile (Lloyd) Marshall, Douglas, NB.
He was predeceased by brothers Vernon and Hazen and his sister Ina Rowe.
The family wish that you remember him for the love of his family, his logical mind, his respect for others and his wonderful sense of humour.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones Funeral Home, 70 Bridge St, Sackville, NB (506-364-1300). Funeral Service will be held on Monday the 18th day of February 2013 at 2 pm at the Middle Sackville Baptist Church with Pastor Vernon Vickruck officiating. For those unable to be in attendance, the funeral service will be available online at www.jonesfuneralhome.ca after the funeral.
Anyone wishing to make a charitable donation in Wendell Meldrum's memory, may do so by donating to the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation or the charity of their choice.