Thomas Tracy O'Haire

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Nov. 18, 2012

Thomas Tracy O'Haire, 81, of Bethlehem, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill Nursing Home. He was the husband of Marie M. O'Haire, who died in August.

Born in Pittston, he was a son of the late Leo and Mary (Tracy) O'Haire. An Army veteran of the Korean War and a Purple Heart recipient, Thomas served in the 11th Airborne. He and his wife settled in Hellertown, where he was employed as an assembler at U.S. Gauge in Sellersville. After retirement from the Gauge, he and Marie moved to Bethlehem, where he worked as a driver for Muhlenberg Hospital in between rounds of golf. He played minor league baseball in the '50s, coached several of his children's baseball, basketball and softball teams, always enjoyed a cold beer, had a zest for life, a great sense of humor and most importantly loved spending time with his wonderful grandchildren.

Survivors are sons Thomas Jr. and his partner in life, Patricia, of Bethlehem; J. Brian and his wife, Sandra, of Downingtown; grandsons, Brian and Gregory; son Gerald and his wife, Brenda, of Coplay, and daughter, Marlene Sandkamp, and her husband, Anthony, of Jersey City, N.J.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Dodgson of Olyphant, and Kathryn Musto of Pittston. Surviving are many nieces, nephews and Kenneth Musto, husband of Kathryn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Notre Dame, 1861 Catasauqua Road, Bethlehem. Family and friends may call 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the church. Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden Street, Bethlehem, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate a contribution to the Military Order of the Purple Heart.


Published in Times Leader on Nov. 20, 2012
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