124 Alden Street

Meads family memorial. [2012, Dunlap]

James F. Meads Sr. (1925-2006). There was a time when both the police and fire chiefs in Provincetown were named James Meads. You could remember which was which by their middle names: J for “Jail,” F for “Fire.” This James Meads was the son of Manuel and Christine (Enos) Meads; a Provincetown native and a graduate of Provincetown High School. He served with the Navy during World War II, in both the Pacific and European Theaters, participating in the Normandy Invasion of June 1944. “For over 40 years he worked as a light and power lineman and still found time to serve on the local fire and rescue squads,” his obituary in the Banner stated. “He was one of the founding members of the Provincetown Rescue Squad, and he started Sparkies, a group of junior firemen who later went on to join the Fire Department. He gradually worked his way up through the ranks of that department to become its chief.” Meads was also on the committee responsible for the first illumination of the Pilgrim Monument.

James F. Meads’s marker. [2013, Dunlap]

In memoriam

• Find a Grave Memorial No. 83202742.

¶ Last updated on 14 December 2021.

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