WHITTIER – Mellis Richard “Skip” Meyers (80) passed away peacefully at his home in Whittier, NC after a lengthy battle with Congestive Heart Failure and Mesothelioma. His wife of 40 years and one of his daughters were by his side. He married the love of his life “his bride” Judy Orlow Meyers in 1980.
Born in Quakertown, PA Skip moved to Miami, FL in 1957 where he lived for 52 years
He moved to Miami to attend the University of Miami and immediately took to the balmy warm weather and ocean breezes. With snowy winters behind him, he bought his first sports car, a beautiful racing green Jaguar Convertible. His passion for sportscars and convertibles would never change or grow dim.
He continued his love of cars joining the Miami Sportscar Club and the Road Club of America participating in many races and rallies and all the adventures that come with them. He was also an avid supporter of the Miami Hurricane sports teams and an active member/supporter of the UM Alumni Association.
With water all around him boating soon became a significant part of his life. He joined the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in 1970 where he remained a Life Member until his death. He owned many sailing vessels and an occasional Motor Yacht during which time he captained his way through many adventures with family in tow.
His career in the Travel Business began in the early 80’s and suited his passion for the good life. As a Marketing Executive, he met and connected with many people who could not resist his enthusiasm, quick wit, and carefree spirit. He developed strong relationships with many clients as he and his wife handled their Corporate Group and Incentive Travel business. He was fortunate to have his daughter Tiffany join the business for the past several years. He has been missed by many clients since his health started to decline five years ago.
In 2009, he and his wife, Judy moved to North Carolina. They are currently members of the Carolina Jaguar Club and the Ferrari Club of North America. Winning numerous awards for his 1999 XK 8 Jaguar, and 2001 Ferrari 360 F 1 Spider
For the people he touched, he was a giant and a legend. His ability to guide and lead with kindness and support will forever be in the hearts of many.
He would be proud to know that he lives on in the stories that people tell about him and that so many lives are better for him having been a part of them.
He will be missed by everyone he touched and is survived by his four children, Kim and Richard Fulwiler, Shepard and Jennifer Orlow, Amy and Allison Harden-Orlow and Tiffany and Sam Miranda and 8 loving grandchildren (Adam Orlow, Austin, Caitlyn, Jordan and Jaxon Miranda, Benjamin, Jacob and Sophia Green and his closest friend Danial “Wolf” Salinas.
A special thank you also to all the doctors and nurses who cared for him during his illness.
A Memorial Drive in his honor will be held on Sept. 26 at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to: Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731