WHITE HALL, MD Richard Oare, a 68 year old attorney, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, of prostate cancer at the Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson, Md. Mr. Oare was born in Baltimore, Md., grew up in Parkville, Md., attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, Towson Catholic High School, Loyola University of Baltimore, and University of Arkansas Law School. Mr. Oare was licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. He started his career as a public defender in Harrisburg in 1973. He later went into private practice in York. One of his most notable cases was his successful defense of York Mayor Charles Robertson. In 2001, Mayor Robinson was charged with murder as a result of his actions as a police officer in the 1969 race riots in York. He was found innocent in October 2002. In 1983 his suit against the York County Children and Young Services on behalf of the father of a murdered five year old girl, Aleta Bailey, served as a legal precedent to reform the Child Endangerment laws of Pennsylvania. Mr. Oare was the Chairman of the Loyola University Law & Government Alumni Association. In recent years Mr. Oare moved to White Hall where he enjoyed living next to the Gunpowder River and NCR Hiking Trail. He often enjoyed fly fishing in the Gunpowder. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed skiing, sailing, bicycling, and tennis. In addition to sports, Mr. Oare enjoyed activities such as attending the theater, opera, and ballroom dancing with his fiancee, Rita Preller. Mr. Oare and Ms. Preller's marriage plans were cut short by the re-emergence of his prostate cancer last summer. Richard Oare is survived by his daughter, Lauren Oare of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister, Carole Pauken of Greenville, S.C.; a brother, Robert Oare of Baltimore, Md.; his fiancee, Rita Preller of Towson, Md.; and numerous nephews and a niece. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. at Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave. in Baltimore. The family suggests donations in Richard Oare's name to Loyola University of Maryland and Tuerk's House of Baltimore.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Mar. 29, 2013