James O'Leary

JAMES O'LEARY ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - James O'Leary, adventurer, educator, realtor, resident of Albuquerque since 1965, passed away peacefully March 8, 2013, in his Albuquerque home. Jim was born Oct. 28, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Rockford, Illinois, where he attended St. Peter's Grade School and St. Thomas High School. Jim received a BA and MA from the University of Notre Dame. He married Marilyn Cacciatore in 1962 and moved to Albuquerque in 1965, where he taught in public and private schools, including the University of Albuquerque and Sandia Girls' School (Sandia Prep.) before becoming a realtor. He received a liver transplant in 1993 and became a passionate advocate for organ donation. Jim was devoted to his family, Jim O'Leary (Gina Simon) of Albuquerque and Charlie O'Leary (Lily) of Santa Fe, and his grandson, Shamus O'Leary. Jim is also survived by his brother, George O'Leary (Kay) of Rockford, IL, sister, Trish O'Leary (Howard Treet) of Orange, CT, and Marilyn's siblings, Helen Reilly and John Cacciatore (Nancy Kozikowski) of Albuquerque, and Charles Cacciatore (Teresa Leon Varela) of San Rafael, CA. Jim's sister, Kathleen Rydstrom of St. Petersburg, FL, predeceased him. Memorial service was held Saturday, March 23, at the Open Space Visitor's Center.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2013