In Loving Memory of Edward J. O'Hara

November 22, 1941
New York, New York
February 23, 2018
Norwalk, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

Visitation

Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Wednesday 4-8 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

February 28, 2018

Service

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

Prayer Service Celebrating Ed's Life

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

Wednesday, February 28th during the visitation

Cemetery

South Church Cemetery

Andover,
MA

No date included.

Family Gathering

Charity

SSTV Capital Improvements

ATTN: Sr. M. Lucie,
76 West Rocks Rocks Road,
Norwalk,
CT ,
06851


Norwalk Stamp Club

c/o John Leskovsky,
PO Box 267,
Norwalk,
CT 06856.


Edward J. O'Hara

Edward J. O’Hara, age 76, of Norwalk, beloved husband of Catherine C. (Arthur) O’Hara passed away peacefully Friday, February 23, 2018 at Norwalk Hospital. Born in New York City and raised in Oradell, NJ, the son of the late Edward James O’Hara and Vendela (Hanson) O’Hara, he had been a Norwalk resident since 1979. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army from January 1964 to November 1965 in Korea. Ed received his Bachelor’s degree from American University’s School of International Service, a Master’s degree in History from New York University, a Master’s degree in Library Science from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Library Science from Columbia University. He worked for three years as an Acquisitions Librarian at Boston University’s Mugar Library, where he met and married his wife, Cathi. He then worked as the head of Collection Development at the University of Kentucky, where his daughter was born. He later served as the Library Director at Sacred Heart University, Manhattanville College, the College of Mount St. Vincent, and Western Connecticut State University. Ed was an avid world traveler, having visited countries as far flung as Kazakhstan and Morocco. He also loved hiking, both regionally and abroad. He and Cathi hiked the Swiss Alps during their honeymoon and he continued that passion the rest of his life. Among his many hobbies, he loved genealogy and stamp collecting. He studied several languages, which enabled him to stay in close contact with his cousins in Sweden. He is remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, proud grandfather, and loyal friend, who could always be counted on for hugs, sage advice, and great conversation. He was a docent at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and a long-time member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Connecticut St. Andrew’s Society, the Middlesex Genealogical Society of Darien, and the Norwalk Stamp Club. Survivors in addition to his loving wife Cathi, include his beloved daughter, Elin A. O’Hara-Gonya and her husband Thomas of Plattsburgh, NY and his most cherished granddaughter Annika Sofia Gonya. He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur O’Hara. Friends may greet the family Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A prayer service celebrating Ed’s life will be held during the visitation and friends are also invited to share a few words about Ed. Interment will be held at a later date in the South Church Cemetery, Andover, MA. In lieu of flowers friends may consider a donation to SSTV Capital Improvements, Attn. Sr. M. Lucie, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851 or the Norwalk Stamp Club, Attn: John Leskovsky, PO Box 267, Norwalk, CT 06856. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com

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24 Guestbook Entries for Edward J. O’Hara

  1. Our hearts go out to you, Cathi and Elin. He was much loved. We will always remember the great times we had with you all.

  2. Ed, enjoy your “walk about” mate.
    Don
    Ed, Buen viaje y hasta pronto dear Amigo.
    Norma
    Cathi, Elin, We are deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and hearts. N&D

  3. Love and comfort to Cathi and Elin. It was a joy to know Ed and his laugh was the best – he will be missed but remembered always.

  4. It is difficult for us to imagine our lives without our beloved Ed O’Hara. He became a member of my New York family almost from our first meeting at American University as freshmen. He was a second brother to me (Anne) in so many ways. When my daughter Dawn was born, he was named Godfather. Despite the distance from CA, we remained close with reunions with the warm and wonderful Cathi and our AAUW friends Nina Graybill and Bonnie Jo Dopp and her husband Peter. His love was unconditional and we will miss his always amusing take on life and family dynamics

  5. We are heartbroken for your loss. Ed was as beloved to us as a family member, and he will be sorely missed. Sending love and support to Cathi, Elin, Tom and the “boys” , and the sparkle of Ed’s eye, Annika.

  6. I was so sorry to hear about Mr. O’Hara’s passing. I have many fond childhood memories of him from our families’ camping, train riding, castle visiting adventures. My thoughts are with you Elin and Mrs. O’Hara.

  7. My heart goes out to you Cathi and Elin. I’m so sorry for your loss. Ed was a great guy. I was so hoping to get together with him again.

  8. Cathi and Elin,
    So very sorry to lose Ed.
    He was the most generous host, and best neighbor.
    I will miss him.
    Love to you at this difficult time,
    Jalna and Dave

  9. With all our Prayers and Sympathy.
    Know that he will be remembered in our monthly mass as friend.
    May God pours His love and blessings on you all as you grieve your loss.
    With love, Sister Frances and Sister Marie Lucie

  10. It was a great privilege to meet you in Orkney and one I will not forget. Sending our love to Cathi and Elin.

  11. So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was such a character at our Norwalk Stamp Club; always asking questions and having his voice heard! He enjoyed sharing his Library Stamps almost as much as we enjoyed seeing them. He will be sorely missed by us all; with deepest condolences. Bonnie Adams

  12. So sorry to hear of your loss, Cathi. My thoughts and prayers go out to your and your family at this difficult time. Stay strong!

  13. I have been blessed to get to know Ed and Cathi from our book group. Ed had been an inspiring figure for me, as a great teacher and a dear friend. He opened his heart to anyone regardless of race, class or religion. His warmth reached anyone who met him. He loved to travel and always wanted to go to China where I came from. I once joked with him that he might be a Marco Polo in his previous life, he laughed. How I wish I could accompany him for such a journey.

    May God bless you, Ed. May you rest in peace. I will always remember you.

  14. I have been blessed to get to know Ed and Cathi from our book group. Ed had been an inspiring figure for me, as a great teacher and a dear friend. He would open up to anyone he met regardless of race, class or religion. His warmth would touch everyone he met. Ed loved to travel and had always wanted to go to China where I came from. I once joked with him that he must be a Marco Polo in his previous life, he just laughed. How I wish I could accompany him for such a journey.

    May God bless him. May he rest in peace. I will always remember Ed.

  15. Cathi and Elin, what a wonderful husband and father Ed was to you. And what a wonderful friend he was to us. We will really miss him, but he we will always remember the happiness and joy he brought into all of our lives.

  16. Sending our deepest thoughts and prayers from Plattsburgh to Elin and family for your loss.

  17. Cathi, Elin, Tom, and family, So very sorry and saddened by your loss. Thinking of Ed’s welcoming smile, hearty laugh, and all the joy filled times we have shared. Eventually, these thoughts will bring smiles for all of us again.

  18. Cathi, Elin, Tom, and family, So very sorry and deeply saddened by your loss. Thinking of Ed’s hearty laugh, and all the joy filled times we’ve shared makes me smile through the tears. I will treasure the memories always. Love, Sheila

  19. I want to add one more word: Both Ed and Cathi have shown me the best of American, its values and principles. Through them I come to see this is a great country with wonderful people. It is a place I want to stay and work for it.

    I never get a chance to tell this to Ed. I wish he could hear it.

  20. My sincere condolences for the loss of Edward. Be assured that the almighty God truly cares for the family!

    May you find comfort in the promise that “… there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous” (Acts 24:15), and very soon “… no resident will say, ‘I am sick'” (Isa. 33:24) because “… death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”(Rev. 21:4)

    How is this possible? Visit JW. ORG and search for ‘Why did Jesus die?’. Then watch the video.

  21. Remembering Ed as a kind, gentle man who offered a warm welcome, a sincere smile, an interested ear and good conversation to friends and guests. I was so sorry to hear of his passing and sorry his last weeks were so challenging. My thoughts are with Cathi and family.