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David A. O'Hara

O’HARA David, A. of Brighton and Winter Haven, FL passed away at his Florida home after a battle with cancer on April 10, 2013. He was the loving husband to Julia “Cis” (Hufnagle) O’Hara for 43 years before her passing in 1995, also the father of David, Jr. and his wife, Donna of Canton, Stephen and his wife, Susan of Ft. Myers, FL; Deborah O’Hara Rusckowski and her husband, Steve Rusckowski of Andover. Proud grandfather of Michelle and John O‘Hara, Tim and Christie O’Hara, and Lauren and Joe Rusckowski. He leaves his long-time companion, Sue Ezell of Winter Haven, and his sister Ethel “Babe” O’Neil and her husband, Joe, both of Winter Haven and New Hampshire. Dave retired in 1992 after an incredible 50 year career as Sports Writer and Editor with the Associated Press. The Coconut Grove fire in 1942, along with the Harvard commencement speech outlining the Marshall Plan both jumpstarted his career. His career spanned coverage for news events like the famous Brinks Robbery in 1950, political campaigns, including traveling with JFK in Wisconsin in 1960, and sports. Although primarily based in Boston, one assignment required a move to Milwaukee for seven years where he loved covering the Braves and the Packers. Sports would ultimately be his primary focus with the AP, with a special love for Boston sports. Although he covered all sports including basketball, football, hockey, boxing, golf and tennis -- baseball was his true passion. He particularly loved covering Red Sox spring training in Winter Haven, Florida for 25+ years. Dave often reminisced of his days covering Aaron to Spahn to Williams to Yaz, including 12 no-hitters and 2 perfect games. Dave had a special relationship with the sports celebrities he wrote about, always respecting their privacy and earning their confidence. He was surprised and humbled to be the only sports writer invited to the tribute for Ted Williams at Fenway Park. The Dave O’Hara Award for excellence in journalism, begun in 1993 by the Boston Baseball Writer Association, was a great honor bestowed on him by his peers. Dave was also a very proud veteran of the Korean War and a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also loved his many friends, and being a member of, the Brighton Elks Lodge# 2199. Dave was a generous donor to the New England Sports Museum of the many memorabilia he collected throughout the years. The sports world has lost a legend, and others have lost a good man and fun-loving friend. Funeral from the Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home, 63 Chestnut Hill Avenue (nr. Brighton Courthouse), BRIGHTON Saturday at 9:30 A.M. Funeral Mass in St. Columbkille Church, 321 Market Street, Brighton at 10:30 A.M. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting Hours Friday 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. Interment Massachusetts National Cemetery Monday at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Dave may be made to the Jimmy Fund, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. Funeral Home Handicapped Accessible. For directions and guest book please www.lehmanreen.com Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home Brighton 617 782 1000

Funeral Home

Lehman, Reen & McNamara Funeral Home
63 Chestnut Hill Avenue Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 782-1000

Published in Boston Herald from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2013
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