Robert E. O’Hara Jr.
[January 25, 2023]
Rob O’Hara passed away peacefully on January 25th, 2023, held tightly in the love of his family. Beloved husband of Carmen Calderón O’Hara and devoted father of John Julian O’Hara and Madelyn Elizabeth O’Hara, all of Roslindale. Cherished brother of Martha O’Hara Conway of Ann Arbor MI and Margaret (Meg) O’Hara of Natick. Adored son of the late Robert E. and Eleanor A. O’Hara of Westwood. And favorite uncle of Patrick and Michael Conway and Laura and Alejandra Calderón.
Rob was born on 13 March 1970. He graduated from Westwood High School and Long Island University, and later earned a master's degree from Simmons University. After a very enjoyable stint as a stay-at-home dad, and working part-time at Sophia’s Grotto, Rob taught for several years at Holy Name Parish School in West Roxbury before turning his professional attention to his favorite pastime, landscape gardening. Rob was in business as The Birch Street Gardener when he became ill with cancer, and therefore took an opportunity at A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative.
Few things brought Rob more happiness than working in his beautiful yard and spending time there with family and friends. He also enjoyed vacationing in Acadia National Park, walks in the Arnold Arboretum with his dog Jerry, listening to music, and rooting for the New England Patriots. He will be remembered by all who had the joy and the privilege of knowing him for his quiet kindness, his keen sense of humor, his knowledge and appreciation of nature and the outdoors, and his deep and generous love for his family and many friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the P. E. Murray - F. J. Higgins - George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Centre Street, West Roxbury, on Monday 30 January from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will take place at Holy Name Parish, 1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury, on Tuesday 31 January at 11:30 am (please proceed directly to the church). Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rob’s memory may be made to any of the following:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (P.O. Box 849168 Boston MA 02284)
Good Shepherd Community Care (160 Wells Avenue Newton MA 02459)
Roslindale Green & Clean (PO Box 228 Boston MA 02131)