John Kinsey Mealy Jr.
John Kinsey Mealy Jr., of Santa Barbara, California, passed away peacefully on July 26 at home with his family in San Roque. He was 95.
Born on October 11, 1924 in Baltimore to John K. and Gladys Mealy (nee Webb), John aspired from boyhood to be a pilot. After an accelerated course of study at the Naval Academy during WWII, he graduated with a degree in Engineering and was immediately inducted, entering upon a 15-year career as a Navy officer, pilot, and squadron leader. John married Ann McClellan in 1947, and together they had four children. In 1960 he retired from the Navy and moved to Santa Barbara with his family to start a second career. Earning an MA in Education, he taught high school math and later found fulfillment working as a financial analyst for Sambo’s Restaurants. After retirement, he taught computer skills at Braille Institute, took up the trombone, and continued enjoying his lifelong passions: jazz and fishing.
Three years after being bereaved of his wife Ann, he married Isabelle Greene, noted landscape architect, who survives him along with his brother Henry Webb Mealy and his four children, Susan Mealy, Webb Mealy, Jane Hahn, and Alison Krueger. He leaves seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
John, an active member of Trinity Church Santa Barbara for 60 years, lived a faith in Christ that sustained him to the end.
John’s children wish to express their appreciation to Assisted Hospice Care and to the loving and professional team of caregivers that gave him home nursing care in his final months and days.