Joseph F. O’Hara

March 7, 2011

U.S. Veteran

US Air Force

JOSEPH F. O’HARA – in Woburn, March 7th. Beloved husband of Mary E. “Tootsie” (Scire)O’Hara. Devoted father of Maureen McCarthy and Julie O’Hara, both of Woburn, and stepfather of Mary Ellen Doherty and her husband Robert of Woburn. Dear brother of Mary Early, Nancy Grimes, and Edward and Walter O’Hara, all of Waltham, Eileen Messina of FL, Betty O’Hara of Newton, NH, Hazel Doucette of Ashland, and the late Bob Fitzpatrick, Patrick, William, and Catherine O’Hara, and Patricia Wright. Loving grandfather of Robert E. Doherty and Joseph R. McCarthy and his wife Mariana, and Jennifer A. McCarthy and great-grandfather of Brayden Alexander McCarthy. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, March 12th, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, GRECC Unit, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

OBITUARY:

Joseph F. O’Hara of Woburn, 72, passed away early Monday, March 7th, at the EN Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Mary E. “Tootsie” (Scire) O’Hara.

Born and raised in Waltham, he was one of thirteen children of the late Henry and Mary (Fitzpatrick) O’Hara. He graduated from Waltham High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 until his honorable discharge in 1962. He worked for Raytheon for many years until his retirement in 2001.

Joe and his wife Mary raised their family in Woburn and were very involved in all the scholastic and athletic endeavors in which their children and later their grandchildren participated. An avid sports enthusiast, Joe was particularly fond of the Red Sox and Fenway Park, where he first met his wife Mary.

Until ten years ago, he was a longtime umpire in the Little League, high school, and college levels. He held membership in the Eastern Umpires Association and the Amateur Softball Association. Many in the area that played either baseball or softball will remember him as a fair and impartial umpire, one of the best in the field. Joe took great pride in watching his grandchildren play sports, at both the youth level and for Woburn High School. He never missed a game.

Preceding him in death were three brothers, Bob Fitzpatrick and Patrick and William O’Hara, and two sisters, Catherine O’Hara and Patricia Wright.

Surviving, along with his wife Mary, are two daughters, Maureen McCarthy and Julie O’Hara, both of Woburn, his stepdaughter, Mary Ellen Doherty and her husband Robert of Woburn; two brothers, Edward and Walter O’Hara, both of Waltham; and five sisters, Mary Early and Nancy Grimes, both of Waltham, Eileen Messina of Florida, Betty O’Hara of Newton, New Hampshire, and Hazel Doucette of Ashland. He was also the loving grandfather of Robert E. Doherty, Joseph R. McCarthy and his wife Mariana, and Jennifer A. McCarthy, and great-grandfather of Brayden Alexander McCarthy.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, March 12th, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours at the funeral home are on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, GRECC Unit, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

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  1. I miss you and love you so much you were a great dad,husband,grandfather and great grandfather from your pain in the ass daughter

  2. Tootsie,Maureen & Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this hard time.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you always.

    Bruce Parnell & Cynthia Forester

  3. Julie & Family,
    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Janice Kelchner

  4. My condolences to Joe’s family.

    Many years ago as a young man when I started to umpire softball for the ASA, Joe took me under his wing and provided wisdom, humor, and some tough lessons on how to treat the game of softball with the respect and deference it deserved. I hope I used these same lessons to go through life the same way.

    I haven’t seen or spoken to Joe in many many years, but he has never been far from my mind when people ask why I stay involved in softball.

    May God rest his soul and may he never miss a call as he umpires in heaven.

    With utmost respect,

    Joe Alfonse
    Commissioner
    Mass. ASA Softball

  5. Hazel Doucette
    Tootsie and girls,
    you have all lost a great husband, father and stepfather, as I have lost a great brother. He was truly loved by all of us, and will be missed by everyone of us in our on special way.

    With Sympathy and Love
    Aunt Hazel

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with Tootsie and the whole family through this tough time. Susan Packard-Kivlin

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