James Joseph O'HARA

O'HARA, James Joseph
Dec. 15, 1933 - Jan. 16, 2013
Resident of Folsom, California While great-grandchildren played quietly at his bedside and adult family members gathered around, James (Jim) ascended the Gates of Heaven.

A Massachusetts native, this kind, generous, patient, strong, caring gentleman of the highest morals, served his country in the United States Air Force 24 years, flying in B-29, B-36 and B52 aircraft, with more than 100 combat missions above Viet Nam. Among his other military accomplishments, his crew, piloted by Major Edward Jones, Florida (deceased), and navigated by Major Bruce Siggins, retired, Florida, achieved high marks in the Strategic Air Command Bombing Competition in Spokane, Washington in the mid l960's. Jim, a Shriner, became a Mason while on active duty in Wakkanai, Japan. Upon retirement, he completed his degree in social welfare at San Francisco State University and worked with veterans through the State of California. Later, with his wife, Carol, whom he married at Travis Air Force Base in l954, he traveled throughout six continents and in all regions of the United States as photographer for their stories which focused on disabled travel.

Although he courageously fought multiple sclerosis for 48 years, he didn't believe himself disabled and was looking forward to the births of two new great-grandchildren - one, his grandson's first-a baby boy.

Besides Carol, Jim is mourned by his accomplished children, Kenneth Lee, Robert Joseph, Sharon Anne Fox and her husband Don; four grandchildren, Devon LeeAnne Phillips (Josh), Joseph Ryan Fox, Christa Lynne Gates (James), and AmberLyn Fox, and five great-grandchildren, Nevaeh Faith and Trinity Hope Phillips; and Rylee Jo, Sailor Paige, and Wyatt James Gates. His brother and sister-in-law Francis and Cynthia Ahearn in Massachusetts, also mourn.

Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Wednesday, January 23, at Chapel of the Valley, 97 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA. Those who wish may join the family Thursday January 24, 2013, for the 2:00 pm service at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA. In Jim's memory and because of their many years of dedicated service to him, donations may be made to: Carol O'Hara, Benefit Folsom Fire Department, Oak Avenue Station, Account Number 083 204 257 Premier West Bank, 701 E. Bidwell Street, Folsom, CA 95630.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 22, 2013