Shirley Meehan Obituary Obituary 2024

In Memoriam: Shirley Meehan, a Dedicated Guardian Staff Member

Obituary for Shirley Meehan, a valued member of the Guardian’s editorial team in Manchester from 1969 to 1996, who sadly passed away at the age of 87.

Journalistic Journey

Shirley Meehan joined the Guardian in 1969, during a period of significant change for the newspaper’s Manchester-based operation. She initially assisted the news editor, Harry Whewell, before providing support to the reporting team and later compiling the weekly arts events list.

Throughout her career, Shirley actively engaged in arts and culture coverage, attending first nights and gallery openings. She proudly supported the work of Guardian photographers Denis Thorpe and Don McPhee.

Personal Life and Legacy

Born in Manchester, Shirley’s roots extended to Ireland, where her parents had originated. She received her education at Notre Dame high school and maintained close friendships from her formative years.

Before joining the Guardian, Shirley worked in the information bureau at Manchester town hall and later as a flight crew member with Britannia Airways. Her experiences shaped her interests and worldview.

In her retirement, Shirley dedicated herself to pottery, fashion, and gardening. She remained fiercely independent and resolute in her decisions. She is survived by her sister, Barbara; brother, Anthony; nieces; and nephews.