Kelly Meade Obituary, Death – Kelly Meade has sadly passed away. The only people who still honor and respect her ancestry are her husband Joseph P. Meade and their son Patrick J. Meade. Additionally left to grieve her departure are her husband Thomas Trapasso, sister Kerri A. Trapasso, brother David M. Donegan, Jr., of Lynnfield, and their three children Elena, Thomas, and Sophia. Additionally, Kelli nurtured and empowered a significant legacy of former students during her 27 years of service to the Whitman and Norwell Public Schools.
David M. and Cheryl D. (O’Neil) Donegan welcomed Kelli Donegan into the world in Lynn, Massachusetts, on March 7, 1968. She was reared there. When she was younger, she excelled both on the playing field and in the classroom. She excelled in field hockey and softball for her varsity teams, but ultimately she was more drawn to the academic side of education and made it her life’s mission to encourage others to enjoy learning. She eventually earned her bachelor’s degree from Salem State and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, where she later served as a lecturer.
She created the pedagogical motto “nothing is hard…just challenging” since she believed that educating children was her true purpose. Kelli surmounted all challenges by using this as her compass and living life to the fullest. A special spot in Kelli’s heart had always belonged to Marblehead Light, and now that her husband had proposed to her there, this link had acquired new significance. As a result, on July 19, 1997, Joe and Kelli became a married couple. Their family wasn’t complete until Kelli gave birth to her son Patrick, her second love. She instilled in him a love of learning and athletics.
Beyond her family, she devoted the rest of her life to teaching, creating a sense of community among her pupils and serving as a mentor as well as a teacher. Throughout her professional career, she made substantial contributions to the funding and organizing of several extracurricular activities while serving as the student government’s president for 20 years. Since she had a lifelong passion for academic curiosity, she served as an example for both her staff and her students.
In recognition of all of her work in the Norwell Public Schools, she got the North Star award in 2019. But in comparison to these distinctions, the innumerable letters of appreciation and respect from the numerous students who had the distinct pleasure of having “Mrs. Meade” as their teacher are inconsequential.