Harold Meighan, who had a long career in printing and remained a major supporter of the industry, passed away in late-July in St. Catharines at age 79.
Meighan had worked in the printing and graphic arts trade for over 50 years, including the operation of his own printing company Advance Graphics.
He remained very active in the printing community until his passing, primarily through a leadership role with the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, based in the restored Queenston, Ontario, home of publisher William Lyon Mackenzie.
The hands-on museum includes a working linotype and eight operating heritage presses. The Printery’s highlight piece is the Louis Roy Press, described as the oldest in Canada and one of the few original wooden presses remaining in the world.
Meighan had been a member of the Printery for over 17 years, including time spent as its Director and most recently as Immediate Past Chairman. Living his entire life in St. Catharines, Meighan was involved in many community organizations and charities, including Big Brothers, Rotary Club and Kiwanis.