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09/11/08 - NNHS Newsletter - John O'Hara

John Joseph O'Hara
(13 Dec 1946 - 6  Sept 2008)

Ferguson High School Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  
I am sorry to report this evening of another passing. 
  John O'Hara, Ferguson High School, Class of 1965, died Saturday, September 6, 2008 in Norfolk at the age of 71.


From Jay Gunter (Ferguson HS - '66) of VA - 09/11/08 - "Sad News":

Carol -

I should have sent this earlier in the week. A friend of mine from Ferguson High has passed away whom I had not seen in some time,    John O'Hara, FHS '65.

 
This is from Monday's Daily Press.
 
Jay Gunter
FHS "66

   I'm so sorry I missed this, Jay.  Thank you for letting me know, and please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your friend.


From the Daily Press - 09/08/08:

           John Joseph O'Hara

  NORFOLK - John Joseph O'Hara, 61, of the 1500 block of Morris Avenue, died Sept. 6, 2008, in a local hospital.

He was a native of Newport News, the son of the late Joseph and Virginia Cooke O'Hara, and a resident of Norfolk since 1965.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Todd Fitzgerald O'Hara.

John graduated from Ferguson High School in Newport News in 1965. He received a B.A. in History in 1969 and an M.A. in Educational Administration in 1972 from Old Dominion University. He served as ODU's basketball team manager throughout college, and assisted at ODU's athletic events until his death.
 
John O'Hara
 
 
John began his teaching career at Norfolk Catholic High School in 1972, where he taught History, Government and Social Studies. He also served as Norfolk Catholic's Assistant Football and Track Coach, Head Swim Coach and, later, as its Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. He moved to Granby High School in 1997, where he taught, coached the swim team and assisted with their football program. He moved to Maury High School in 1998 to become its Athletic Director. Upon his death, he was teaching History, Government and Social Studies at Maury and serving as its Head Swim Coach.

John was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Parish Council and the Old Dominion University Alumni Association. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club. He was a member and former Sportsman of the Year of the Norfolk Sports Club.

Survivors include Marilou O'Hara, his loving wife of 27 years; his daughter, Virginia Katherine O'Hara of Austin, Texas; his son, Joseph John O'Hara II of Norfolk; his brothers, Stephen C. O'Hara of Minneapolis, Minn., W. Bryan O'Hara of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Thomas K. O'Hara of Annapolis, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.

The Mass of the Resurrection will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Msgr. William Pitt. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. A Christian Wake Service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday in the church, followed by a visitation until 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Old Dominion University Athletic Association or to the Sweetie Howlett Memorial Tournament, 229 W. Bute St., Suite 630, Norfolk, Va. 23510. This tournament is being renamed the Sweetie Howlett/John O'Hara Memorial Tournament in John's honor.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on 9/8/2008.
Guest Book

 
 


Sunday, September 07, 2008

My simple words cannot capture the depth, strength, kindness and wisdom of the this special man. Many have been blessed to know Coach O' as a teacher, a coach, a friend; we will all cherish the lessons and the memories, forever. All our love to you and the kids, Marilou.
Anya & Rudie Simpson, Norfolk, Virginia

Monday, September 08, 2008

Steve, Bryan and Tommy,
I was shocked to hear of John's passing. Although it has been many years since I last saw him, I would think of him often and the fun times at the Yacht Club. I also remember all the fun times at the O'Hara house - it was just like a second home always full of laughter. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love,

Sherri Link Lovell
Sherri Link-Lovell, Newport News, Virginia

Monday, September 08, 2008

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Emily Jones, Chesapeake


Monday, September 08, 2008

Am at a loss for words. John was a great childhood friend . His memory will live on.
Sam Allaun and family, Williamsburg, Virginia Contact Me

Monday, September 08, 2008

Marilou- Our deepest sympathy at the loss of such a wonderful man. John was very special to my brother, Chris, who passed away in 2006. I know that he is up in heaven guiding him once again. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Cindee RiegodeDios-Keaton, Tampa, Florida


Monday, September 08, 2008

My sincere condolences to the O'Hara family. I will always remember and thank Coach O'Hara for his integrity and passion.

Louis Moore
NCHS Class of 1984
Louis Moore, Sugar Land, Texas Contact Me

Monday, September 08, 2008

To the O'Hara family - my deepest sympathies on the loss of John. He was a very special person to so many; especially his former Norfolk Catholic High students - my thoughts are with you.
Carole Grissom Cowling
Carole Cowling, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Monday, September 08, 2008

To the O'Hara family- my deepest sympathies on the loss of "COACH-O" He will be missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

V/R,
Donald McMillian
NCHS class of 1979
Donald McMillian, Chesapeake, Virginia

Monday, September 08, 2008

My condolences to the O'Hara family...Coach O was always passionate about impressing upon us all, that giving your best...is being the best!...and I've remembered this since my high school days! God bless the Ironman!
Robert Wyda NCHS class of 78, Norfolk, Virginia


Monday, September 08, 2008

I was shocked and deeply saddened this morning when I saw in the paper where John had died. I am at a loss for words...my deepest sympathy to all the family. I have fond memories of my visits to Joe and Gin's home and all the good times with the O'Hara family back in the 70's. My deepest sympathy to you Bryan, Tommy and Steve with the loss of you brother and to Marilou, Joseph and Virginia with the loss of your husband and father. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days for your family.
Elaine Campbell, Newport News, Virginia Contact Me

Monday, September 08, 2008

To The O'Hara Family,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. He was a great person, and had a tremendous love for what he did!! He will be missed greatly!!!
Amy and Michael Carlyle, Wake Forest, North Carolina Contact Me

Monday, September 08, 2008

O'Hara Family;

Thirty nine years ago I had the privilege of swimming for John at the Warwick Yacht Club. New to the area, I did not know John had a glass eye. When he took it out and held it up for all of us to see, it was quite a shock! He inspired us to do our best and overcome obstacles that got in our way. I will always remember that summer. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Chuck Stern, Newport News, Virginia

Monday, September 08, 2008

To Marilou, Virginia and Joey,

We're so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. It's a sad, sad day at ODU, Catholic High, Maury and Granby. Ken had Coach O'Hara as a teacher and Senior advisor at NCHS. Our daughter, Jessica, knew him as a teacher at Maury. He was well liked by all who knew him and will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with you.
Mary and Kenny Turner, Norfolk, Virginia


Monday, September 08, 2008

Marilou and Family

You and your family are in our prayers. What a fine man he was. I had the privilege of having him for my advisor while at NCHS. Always there for his students and players without fail. He will surely be missed. Rest in Peace, Coach O.

Michelle Carmody Wood '81
Michelle Wood, Norfolk, Virginia Contact Me


Monday, September 08, 2008

Coach O'Hara was one of those rare individuals who truly lived in accordance with his convictions... clearly evident in everything he did and said. A role model of the highest caliber to thousands of us over the years, his NCHS family is blessed to have known him.
Our deepest condolences.

John Pitchford Family, Powder Springs, Georgia Contact Me


Monday, September 08, 2008

To Marilou and Family: In the 36 Years which I knew Coach "O", no one was ever more committed to the values and traditions, of not just the athlete, but of the "whole person". He touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with, and the legacy he leaves lives on forever. God Bless John!
Bob Veith, Va. Beach, Virginia Contact Me


Monday, September 08, 2008

To the O'Hara family, I am sorry for your loss, Coach will be a man that everybody's life he touched will never forget...
Meg Baker (Brooks), Norfolk, Virginia Contact Me


Monday, September 08, 2008

Marilou, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Coach "O" was a great man. He touched the lives of thousands of people. I am happy to be counted as one of them. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend services as I will be in India. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Coach O.

John V. Moore NCHS 81
John Moore, Norfolk, Virginia Contact Me

Monday, September 08, 2008

Our prayers and condolences to the entire O'Hara family. Coach O'Hara was a great teacher and mentor. His memory has and will continue forever. Thanks, Coach .
Martin Champaco NCHS 75
Martin Champaco, Chesapeake, Virginia


Monday, September 08, 2008

A man greatly missed
upon whose lips you once kissed.
Strength and Integrity
have now gone to God's heavenly city.
May your tears be wiped
by God's own hand.
As he leads your loved one
to the promised land.

Coach O'Hara was always a big name around my house growing up as my older brother swam and played football under him at NCHS between 88-90. He seemed gruff but when I had him as a homeroom teacher in 96 at CHS I learned that most of it was a show and that he had a warm heart underneath. He always made people believe that they could be better than they were and to strive to be the best. His legacy will always be remembered fondly by those who knew him. God Bless the O'Hara family in this time and Coach "O" himself.

Marianne Bowman (Hughes), Norfolk, Virginia Contact Me


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

When I think back to my high school years .... memories of Mr. O'Hara's history class at Norfolk Catholic bring a smile to my face! He was passionate. He was kind. He was dedicated. He loved to teach and he was excellent at it.

May you feel God's love and comfort during this difficult time. I will be covering your family in prayer!

Sending prayers and love.
Christine Whitmore Rucker, North Augusta, South Carolina Contact Me


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

To the O'Hara family, my heart and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time. Coach O was a dear friend to all of us, and a man who will certainly never be replaced. His love, support, and guidance will live on forever in the many young lives he touched. There was nothing he wouldn't do for his student-athletes, and his door was always open. He was an extremely loyal and visible fan to all of us in the Maury sports family. I can still see him walking around the pool barefoot, or wearing his eyepatch and referee shirt at the ODU basketball games. No one has made an impact on sports, and the lives of young athletes in this area, quite like Coach O.
Coach O, thank you for everything! Our faith tells us that you are now in a better place. We are all so fortunate to have had you as our coach, and as our friend. You will be greatly missed.

-Johnny V

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
John Vellines Jr. (MHS 02'), Norfolk, Virginia Contact Me

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with the O' Hara Family. May your memories bring you comfort knowing John is at peace. God is holding him in his hands now. Now John can watch over us, just like he did when he was at Catholic. He was a great person and teacher. He will be missed.
Anne Giles, Norfolk, Virginia


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Dear Marilou and family,
Cadillac and I are so sad to hear about the loss of Coach O'Hara. We fondly remember how you and he welcomed us into the Maury family with open arms. We just loved his zest for life and willingness to help anyone in need. We hope you take comfort in the many wonderful years you had together. We are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God bless you.

Bonita Harris and family
Bonita Harris, Chesapeake, Virginia Contact Me


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

My deepest sympathies to John's family and loved ones. John was a man for all seasons, following his calling as a teacher in whatever capacity he was needed; John's heart knew no bounds. I was privileged to know him and work with him.
Bill Neutz
Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ
Bill Neutz, Pt Pleasant Beach Contact Me

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dear O'Hara Family,
Coach O always had a good word and kept us in line at NCHS. I last saw him at a HS reunion 10 years ago and we shared memories that made us smile and laugh. I teach at home and have used my World History skills given by Coach many times. May you be comforted by God who knows your hearts' needs at this time.
Maura (Gaskin) Heiss NCHS '78 Milwaukee, WI
Maura Heiss, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

As a teacher/coach at NCHS I had the chance to enjoy his wit, and his love of life. Freshman were scared of him, upper classmen thought of him as a second dad. For those that knew him he was truly a Gentle-Man.
Lou Cappi, Beaumont, Texas Contact Me


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dear O'Hara Family,
My deepest sympathies on the loss of John. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have so many fond memories of him, Freshman History, swim meets, visits to his parents and homeroom. He will always be in my heart.
Anne Bisese
NCHS Class of '75
Anne Bisese, Mebane, North Carolina Contact Me


Thursday, September 11, 2008

I haven't seen "Mr. O'Hara" in many years and he probably wouldn't have remembered me, but I was a sad little girl who lost her mom at the tender age of 9. I had a brother one year older and two years younger. Mr. O'Hara was kind to us and taught us to swim and made us smile. We were members of the Warwick Yacht club back then (late 60's and through the 70's). My dad was working and grieving and the Yacht club was our haven. Mr. O'Hara helped us through that time, even included us in swim meets and encouraged us, all the while knowing we were not champion swimmers. We were truly blessed by his presence.
Christina (Bieni) Thomas, Virginia Beach, Virginia Contact Me


Thursday, September 11, 2008

As a member of the NCHS class of 75 I had the honor and privilege of being a member of his first class for his teaching career. He was a teacher, a coach, a mentor and a friend. What a blessing he was to so many as he challenged us all to be better, face the good and the bad handed us and to make a positive difference in someone elses life.
What a great soul John OHara is.
My prayers are with the OHara family.
With love,
Sherry (Wyatt) Hill
Sherry Hill, Norfolk, Virginia Contact Me


Thursday, September 11, 2008

John has been my teacher, coach, friend and colleague. He was the impetus that propelled me to my first job as a teacher and coach. Now 25 years later, I'm still in education and thanks to John I am the man I am today. I owe you big time. My prayers go out to Marilou and the family. God Bless.
Gene Jones, Norfolk, Virginia Contact Me

 

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to John's family, friends, and former students at this difficult time.


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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  What Wondrous Love Is This?

Words by Alexander Means
Music by William Walker, 1835


What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath Gods righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great 'I Am';
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death Im free, Ill sing on, Ill sing on;
And when from death Im free, Ill sing on.
And when from death Im free, Ill sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, Ill sing on, Ill sing on;
And through eternity, Ill sing on.


"What Wondrous Love Is This?" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.advancedbreastcancer.org/songs51.html - 05/21/07

Image of "Christ Carries His Cross" Painting courtesy of http://family.webshots.com/photo/2199478760015913979jJFtmX - 11/17/06

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Knights of Columbus Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.6292.kofcva.org/resources/kofc_clipart/logos.htm - 09/11/08

Lions International Logo courtesy of http://www.firmston.com/pwlions/fundraising.htm - 02/06/08

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