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Obituary: Eugene Francis O’Hara

O'Hara had served 15 years as Mathematics Department Chairman for Newtown High School and served on the Conservation Commission and two school building committees in Monroe.

Eugene Francis O’Hara, 81, of Stuart Florida, passed away on December 20, 2012 after a brief illness. Gene was born in New Haven Ct. December 31, 1930 to Charles and Eva Ruth O’Hara.

He graduated Fairfield University 1952 and began working for Winchester. In 1957 Gene began his teaching career which lasted until 1987 when he retired as a mathematics teacher from Lake Region VT High School. Along the way Gene taught math at Andrew Warde in Fairfield CT, Ansbach Germany for US Forces School, Roger Ludlowe HS as lead math teacher, served 15 years as Mathematics Department Chairman for Newtown High School and four years with the Enosburg Falls Junior/Senior High School.

While in Monroe, Gene served 10 years on the Conservation Commission (2 years as Chairman), Masuk High School building committee as Chairman (1974-1979), Monroe Elementary School Reconstruction Committee, Monroe Democrat Town Committee, Justice of the Peace and was an active member of the St. Jude’s Parish.

Gene enjoyed a long retirement filled with gardening, art and family.

Gene is survived by four children; Col. Timothy F. O'Hara USA (Ret.) of Oveido FL, Patrick (Donna) O’Hara of Monroe CT, Kelly (Dana) Cota of Enosburg Falls VT, Margaret (James) Sleigh of Palm City FL, 11 Grandchildren and his sisters Kathleen (Jack) Shine of Walpole MA and Ruth Ann (Matthew) Cerino of Milford CT. Friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at St. Jude Parish in Monroe, CT on December 29,2012 at 11 a.m.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Eugene F. O'Hara scholarship fund, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd, Fairfield CT 06824.

Mitch Beck December 27, 2012 at 06:02 AM
I never had the honor to meet Mr. O'Hara, but I know his son Pat VERY well and perhaps the greatest legacy that we have as a parent is how we raise our children and the kind of person they are reflects the kind of people we were. Pat is a man of enormous integrity and intelligence and one of the most honorable men I know. As a result of that I can only say his father must have been a incredible person. In times like these I always harken back to a poem I first read in 8th grade by John Donne. It goes like this... "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the seas, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." RIP Mr. O'Hara...

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