Thomas Tracy OHaire
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Thomas Tracy OHaire, 81, of Bethlehem passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill Nursing Home. He was the husband of Marie M. OHaire, who died in August. Born in Pittston, PA, he was a son of the late Leo and Mary (Tracy) OHaire. 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 US 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 childrens 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: 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, NJ. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Dodgson of Olyphant, PA and Kathryn Musto of Pittston. Surviving are many nieces; nephews; and Kenneth Musto, husband of Kathryn. Services: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 24, at Notre Dame, 1861 Catasauqua Rd. Family and friends may call 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the church. Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden St., Bethlehem is in charge of arrangements. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate a contribution to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. www.mophsf.org/categories/donations.
Published in Morning Call on Nov. 20, 2012