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O'GARA, WILLIAM O'GARA, WILLIAM, A gentle, kind, intellectual, scholar, entrepreneur and philanthropist, William was loved and remembered by many because of his sense of humor which was used lovingly with practically everyone he met. He seemed to feel a responsibility to leave most everyone he met with a smile on their faces. He is survived by his adored wife, Arlyne (Pfoor). His special enjoyment was traveling the world with his wife of almost 50 years. William was born in Newark, NJ. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Masters Degree in Public Administration from New York University and another Masters Degree in Business Administration from Wharton School, Univ. of Pennsylvania, before establishing and co-owning two companies: Ships Parts Inc., (manufacturing spare and repair parts for naval vessels), and Prison Health Services, providing medical and health services to county and state prison systems across the U.S. He held the rank of Captain, USNR, Retired. Outstanding philanthropy included a unique scholarship for midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where a room in Wiley Hall is named to honor him and his wife, and establishing the O'Gara Library at the Alzheimer's Association, Central and North Florida Chapters, the largest dementia library in Florida having six branches. He shared a thankfulness for his success in life with many financial remembrances to many along his journey. At 71 of years of age, a life incredibly well-lived. A daughter, Lael Hess and two granddaughters, Jenna and Jamie Hess of Oviedo; nieces, nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews also survive him. In lieu of flowers, donations are kindly asked to be made to O'Gara Library, Alzheimer's Association, Orlando, FL. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 2PM in the Chapel of the Osceola Memory Garden Funeral Home in Kissimmee with Rev. Father Doc Polintan officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Florida National Cemetery. Services under the direction of OSCEOLA MEMORY GARDENS CEMETERY, FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, FL. 407-847-2494.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on May 24, 2006
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