He was born in New York City, NY on June 17, 1929 the son of the late Thomas L. O’Hara, Sr. and Mabel A. (Sheridan) O’Hara.
Tom is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Maureen P. (McElhinney) O’Hara of Wayland formerly of Weston. Beloved father of Kathleen O’Hara of NY; Thomas O’Hara, III of VA; Kevin O’Hara and his wife Elizabeth of TX; Patricia Rice and her husband Barry of VA; Sheila O’Hara of MA and the late Brian O’Hara and Erin O’Hara. Father-in-law of Cynthia O’Hara of FL. Beloved grandfather of Catherine Natterman of PA; David O’Hara of PA; Elizabeth O’Hara of NY; Daniel Clark of NY; Stephen Clark of VA; Sean O’Hara of TX; Padraig O’Hara of TX; Mairead O’Hara of TX and the late Brighid O’Hara. He is also survived by one great-granddaughter Nora O’Hara of PA. Brother of Richard O’Hara of MA and FL; Jane Larkin of PA and Alice Wiebe of CA. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Tom spent his formative years in Pelham, New York and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1946. He received his BS in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross with the Class of 1950. He was a member of the Army Reserve in Philadelphia. He then graduated from the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in New London, CT as an Ensign in the Coast Guard Reserve in 1953. He served on active duty with the United States Coast Guard for two years followed by 29 years in the USCG Reserve serving as Commanding Officer of five reserve units in New England and five group commands and retired as a Captain. He was instrumental in developing the concept of Reserve Augmentation of active duty forces and served as the senior Coast Guard Officer of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee in Washington, D.C. in both 1976 and 1980. He also served as Ombudsman for the Commonwealth of Mass for the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and also served as the Executive Reservist for the Treasury Department. Tom received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation medals and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
Tom began his long and distinguished career in the field of insurance as a group salesman with Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. in Philadelphia, PA from 1950 until 1953. He then was associated with the group sales division of the Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. in Boston and was a Group Leader and Consultant Cum Laude for 17 of the 19 years he was with Metropolitan Life. Tom was the Founder and President of Trans Tech Insurance Agency and was affiliated as a Vice-President of the Frank B. Hall Insurance Agency.
He had resided in Weston for 31 years before he and his wife Maureen moved to Wayland. In his earlier years he was an Eagle Scout in Pelham, NY and remained active in scouting and served as one of the scout leaders of Troop 157 in Weston. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Mass Maritime Academy, served on the Board of Directors of the Hospice at Home in Wayland and Sudbury, served on the Board of Directors and was a President of Children’s Hospice International. He also served on the National Advisory Council of the National Hospice Organization and helped to organize and became the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Hospice Organization Insurance Agency, Inc in Arlington, VA. Tom was a faithful and dedicated communicant of Saint Ann’s Parish in Wayland and also served as a volunteer driver with FISH of Weston.
Visitations will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Route 30), Wayland.
Family and friends are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:00 am at Good Shepherd Parish at St. Ann’s Church, 124 Cochituate Road, (Route 27) Wayland.
Interment will follow in the O’Hara family lot in Linwood Cemetery in Weston.
In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that memorial gifts in Tom’s memory may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.