John Julio Meyer passed away Friday, May 4th at his home where he resided for 79 years. He is survived by his loving devoted wife, Billie Jo Nee Atwood, of 55 years. Beloved father of Tania (Randall) Wilson, Allison (Timothie Heater) Meyer and William Meyer, adoring Grampy of Elizabeth and Kendall Wilson and Jonah Heater, loving brother of Robert Meyer, John Gomez and Tania Gomez. Thoughtful uncle and great uncle of many. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank Meyer and Consuelo De Armas Gomez, and son William Gregory Meyer.
John was a graduate of Warren Easton H.S. (New Orleans) and Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) (B.S. ’63). Following graduation he was a sea trial engineer/navigator aboard nuclear ballistic missile and fast attack submarines. He began his 42 year financial services career in 1968 with Howard Weil, followed by Bache, Paine Webber, A.G. Edwards and Raymond James Financial Service. He earned the professional designations of Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFP) and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP). He retired in 2010. He served as President of both the New Orleans Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, as well as the New Orleans Estate Planning Council. He headed the Society of FSP Foundation Community Outreach Program in LA and their financial education partner cooperative alliance with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where his pro bono program enhanced awareness of financial planning and resources available for those with M.S. He was also involved with the New Orleans AARP Resource Center and presented educational courses on topics involving financial issues and financial/estate planning techniques for seniors.
For more than 20 years he worked with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Division as an industry arbitration chairperson. He frequently spoke before industry groups, universities and national conventions on financial management topics. Additionally, he taught courses for the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA and other educational institutions.
A Ham radio enthusiast, John (N5JM, previously W5JFB) was a life-long active member of the Delta DX Association, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and a published antenna design architect in the Ham radio industry publication QST.
John was a dedicated family man. He loved taking his children on bike rides in City Park, climbing in the old oak trees, taking photos, helping with school projects and traveling the world. He spent many a day at ball fields, gymnasiums & auditoriums taking pride in their activities and accomplishments. His most enjoyable times as a doting Grampy were spent telling stories, walking in City Park and sharing his love of photography. John loved New Orleans. Ask him anything. He had a story.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to:
The Missionary Rose Petals of St Therese or Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Office, 1322 Moss Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
The Society of Financial Service Professionals, 3803 Westchester Pike, Suite 225, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Services will be offered on Friday, May 11th at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 3368 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119.
Visitation beginning at 9:00 am, Rosary at 10:30 am and Mass at 11:00 am.
Interment to follow in Metairie Cemetery, All Saints Mausoleum.
All are welcome. JACOB SCHOEN & SON in charge of the arrangements.