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Obituary - Judge H. Curtis Meanor

Judge H. Curtis Meanor, 78, of Nutley, N.J., died at Bloomsburg Hospital in Pennsylvania on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Meanor had not been feeling well at the World’s Championship Horse Show, so his wife, Mary Jane, decided to take him home to New Jersey. They were driving home and had reached Pennsylvania when Meanor’s condition worsened. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he lived in Glen Ridge, then Nutley, N.J., for the past 17 years.

Meanor was a 50-year member of the Essex Bar Association and a longtime member of Arcola Country Club, Paramus. He graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1955 and eventually worked as a partner in a private practice. In 1969, Meanor became a Superior Trial Court judge for the state of New Jersey, and was later appointed by the late Richard Nixon to the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. One of Meanor’s more famous cases involved mafia member Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, the government’s lead suspect in the investigation of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. Meanor resigned from the bench in 1983 to return to private practice.

Meanor has been an active member of the Saddlebred industry for over 50 years. The Meanors owned and operated Finisterre Farm in western New Jersey where several horsemen raised and trained the Meanors’ horses. Under the direction of Don Harris and later Merrill Murray, they have owned such greats as CH Imperator, CH Finisterre’s Gift Of Love, Sweet Perfection, Reprise, Magic Marvel, Enlightening, Samur and CH Set The Style.

Meanor was the beloved husband of Mary Jane (Whitehead) Meanor and is survived by his first wife, Dr. Geraldine Meanor of Glen Ridge.

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