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Meredith Gledhill

Obituary

Meredith Gledhill, long time resident of Cohasset, Massachusetts passed away on July 25, 2022, after battling multiple long illnesses, just three days shy of her 71st birthday. Meredith was a firecracker- beautiful, funny and smart, everything about her was memorable. She spent her entire life on the South Shore surrounded by her immediate family - her husband Bobby (predeceased), her two boys Tucker and Ted, and sisters Melissa, Pamela, and Linda, as well as many friends.

Born to W. Chester and Madelyne Browne, Meredith showed early interest in design and horseback riding, two passions she carried well into her latter years. She went on to get an Associate’s Degree from Garland Junior College with a focus in Fashion Design.

One evening Meredith was on a blind date, meeting a gentleman at the bar in Cambridge. A stranger introduced himself and Meredith was so smitten that she bailed on her original plan. She spent the rest of her life in love with the tall, handsome man from the bar with a terrific mustache.

Meredith and Bob married on June 7, 1975. They had a lovingly co-dependent relationship until his death in June of 2015. They found a home on Nichols Road in Cohasset, where they would spend nearly 40 years, Bob started a construction company while Meredith worked at Filenes until the birth of their first child, Tucker. From then on, Meredith embraced her new job as a full-time mom, a role she thrived at, even though she was prone to “oopsies” and “I forgot” more often than the average mom. To this day, her son Ted recounts the time he was left at Judy’s Candyland to get a few treats while Mom ran some errands. It wasn’t until three hours later when Tucker asked “where’s Ted?” that Meredith remembered to retrieve her boy. Ted still views that three-hour visit to the candy store as the best afternoon of his life.

Meredith was known for being incredibly creative. Her gardens were legendary. If you were caught going for a walk on Nichols Road, Bob would invite you up for a tour and to brag about “his hard work” while in fact, his wife did most of the design and maintenance. She also loved to paint, had a weird obsession with wallpaper and made the world’s best butterscotch sundaes.

She created a home that welcomed guests and was an active member of the Cohasset METCO program, ensuring that any student coming in from Boston’s neighborhoods always had a place to stay and receive local support.

Meredith also spent time working for Garden Craft and privately for members of the Cohasset community decorating homes for the holidays. She would create beautiful winter wonderlands at home,  while each year her sons were welcome to decorate their side of the tree, the side that always faced the wall.

If there was one trait that was inspiring about Meredith, it was her strength. Throughout much of her adult life, she faced different health conditions, many of which were life threatening. But she always fought back. Notably, Meredith received a kidney transplant in 2006 which allowed her to live an additional 16 years and watch her boys marry and enjoy her five grandchildren: Penelope Rose, Christian, Noah, Ethan, and Aiden.

Meredith is survived by her sons Tucker Gledhill and his wife Kattyuska (Scituate), and Ted Gledhill and his wife Rachel Lawrence (Beverly). She also leaves her sisters Linda Dalby (Dallas); Pamela Prendergast (Cohasset) and Melissa Browne and Ron Hobson (Cohasset), as well as many nieces and nephews.

Private services have been held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Meredith’s memory to the Dr. Tolkoff-Rubin Kidney Research Fund at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Tolkoff-Rubin led the team that saved Meredith’s life and her research is developing antirejection therapies to improve Kidney transplant success rates.  Donations may be made online at giving.massgeneral.org, or checks can be mailed to:

 

Massachusetts General Hospital

Development Office

125 Nashua Street, Suite 540

Boston, MA 02114

 

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