Raymond A. O'Hara, Jr.
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Raymond A. O'Hara, Jr. (Ray), of Norwalk, Connecticut, husband of Julia Schumacher Fallo O'Hara, passed away peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on August 11, 2014. Ray and Julia were married for 29 years. Ray was born in New York, New York, on August 19, 1927, son of the late Raymond A. O'Hara and Florence (Armstrong) O'Hara. He grew up in Larchmont, New York, and moved to Norwalk, Connecticut in 1949. Ray graduated from Regis High School in New York City. Upon graduation, Ray joined the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS Iowa. He was a veteran of World War II as well as a member of The American Legion. After serving in the Navy, Ray received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. While in college, Ray was a very proud original member of the Georgetown Chimes, an a capella singing group, from which he made many lifelong friends.
Ray began his teaching career at Fairfield College Preparatory School and then went on to teach in public schools in Wilton, Weston and Greenwich. Ray held two Master's degrees, one from the University of Colorado and one from Fairfield University. Ray and his family also lived briefly in South Bend, Indiana while Ray studied at Notre Dame University through educational grants. Ray was an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at the University of Bridgeport until his retirement in 1985. Ray was very proud when he and his family attended the University of Bridgeport's dedication ceremony in June of this year for the new Raymond A. O'Hara, Jr. Lecture Hall. In addition, the recently constructed St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Remanso, Brazil was named in honor of Ray and Julia.
Ray was a devoted husband, father (known to his kids as Ace), grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a devout Catholic who served his parish and community for many years, especially through his volunteer work at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Norwalk Soup Kitchen and The Association for the Blind, always the Good Samaritan. Ray loved to read and write poetry, enjoyed sailing back in the old days and took up jogging in the early 1960s when he was probably the only one on the road. Over the years, Ray and Julia enjoyed trips to Chateau Hara, a cottage built on stilts by Ray's father in 1926 in Oak Beach, New York and trips to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his brother and sister-in-law, Walter J. and Priscilla O'Hara, daughters Mary O'Hara and her partner, Donald Tolles, Ann Salvino and her husband Fred, sons Raymond O'Hara, Edward O'Hara and his wife Elissa, and Thomas O'Hara and his wife, Cindi Bigelow, stepdaughter Kathy (Fallo) and her husband Jon Hall, stepsons Russell Fallo and his wife Karen, Joseph Fallo and his wife Johanna, and Mark Fallo and his wife May. Ray is also survived by his grandchildren Katherine O'Hara, Abigail O'Hara, Meghan O'Hara, David O'Hara, Ellen O'Hara, Jacqueline O'Hara, Edward O'Hara, Meghann (Hall) and her husband George French, Jamie Hall, Caitlin Hall, Kimberly (Fallo) and her husband David Viesto, Kristin Fallo, Russell Fallo and Maekaella Fallo, and his great grandchildren Julia French, Asher French and Audrey Viesto. Ray is also survived by his nephews Scott O'Hara, Christopher O'Hara and his son, Jake, and his niece Laurel O'Hara. Ray was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Ellen (Splan) O'Hara to whom he was married for 29 years.
Calling hours will take place on Wednesday, August 13 at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 203 East Avenue, in Norwalk, CT at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 14. Interment with full military honors will follow at St. John's Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made in Ray's memory to either The St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851 or Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Rd. Norwalk CT 06851 Please visit www.collins-funeral.com to leave condolences.
Collins Funeral Home
92 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851
Published in The Hour on Aug. 12, 2014