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Memorial Visitation

Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home
Saturday February 26th, 2022
2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Clifford L. Meacham

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of the Honorable Judge Clifford Leroy Meacham. Judge Meacham was born on February 18, 1945 and passed away peacefully in his home on January 25, 2022. He and his wife, Darlene (née Grasz) were longtime residents of Oak Park and raised their children, Tamara Meacham Chavez, Adam (Annina) Meacham, and Jonathan (Paige) Meacham in a home they lived in for almost 40 years. He was grandfather to Alexander Meacham Chavez (Alana Fligelman), Alexa Chavez (Edward Chapa), Vilija Meacham Chavez, Victoria Belle Meacham, Valentina Carlene Meacham, great-granddaughter, Aria Krystyne Chapa and is expecting another grandchild in May. A loving brother to Carol (James) Huotari and Cheri (Mark) Wolverton, he was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy Walter and Carol Lorraine (Peterson) Meacham. An army veteran, lawyer, United States Trustee, Circuit Court Judge, avid reader, Cubs fan, lover of the blues, and an excellent fisherman, he will be missed by all who knew him. He earned the esteem of his fellow man by rendering himself worthy of their esteem.

A memorial visitation will be held on February 26, 2022, 2:00pm-5:00pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home 2447 Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside. Please plan on coming to share stories, eat, drink, and celebrate Cliff’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of his favorite charities

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Midwest  Shelter for Homeless Veterans


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Cliff welcomed me to ADR, was always supportive, and brilliant! (As well as funny). He was the worst dressed but proud of it. I will miss him.

Judge Helaine Berger (Ret) Feb 24 2022 3:54 PM

We will certainly miss Judge Meacham in our office. Always a good laugh when around him, and clients loved to mediate with him... His demeanor and knowledge of the law, made him a great mediator, and people loved working with him... He will be missed...

Marc Becker Feb 8 2022 3:37 PM

Judge Meacham was a good, hardworking judge. But most importantly, he was a very nice, down-to-earth person. He was just a good guy who will be missed. No question that he earned the esteem of his fellow men by rendering himself worthy of their esteem. My sympathies to his family.

Ira Helfgot Feb 6 2022 12:28 PM

I am very sorry to hear about Cliff's passing. He was a lovely neighbor . I
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Judy Dooley Feb 6 2022 8:33 AM

Judge Meacham was a great Judge from whom I learned a great deal about construction law. He gave very generously of his time as a guest lecturer in the first years of my construction law class at Joliet Jr. College, to educate students about troubled construction projects, and how to prevent projects from breaking down. The last time I saw him in spring 2018, he was fishing from the Chicago Riverwalk, an event nobody would have ever imagined until recently. May his memory be eternal.

Elias Gordan Feb 1 2022 9:33 PM

He was the best boss ever. I was his secretary from 1983-1988 while at the U.S. Trustee's office and kept in touch every since by email and Christmas cards even after he became a state court judge. I last saw him at the U.S. Trustee's employee reunion about 15 years ago. Was so shocked to get the news. May he rest in peace. His family is in my prayers.

Rosemary Alexander Feb 1 2022 4:33 PM

Cliff educated decades of judges and lawyers about mechanics liens and mortgage foreclosures, as well as the inner workings of justice in Cook County. His trove of stories and his good humor will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to his family.

Judge Bonnie Wheaton Feb 1 2022 3:31 PM

I met Cliff when I was assigned to the Mortgage Foreclosure division. What a wonderful, warm, intelligent man. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. His family and many, many friends are in my thoughts

Judge Pamela Gillespie (ret) Feb 1 2022 2:01 PM

I worked for Cliff when he was supervising judge of the Mortgage Foreclosure Mechanics Lien section. He was a great guy to both work with and learn from. I and others in the section will truly m its his wit and wisdom. Please accept my condolences on your loss. Judge Lewis Nixon

Lewis Nixon Feb 1 2022 1:08 PM