ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton Mourns Loss of Active Volunteer John O’Meara

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A TERRIBLE LOSS: Friends for Seniors Secretary Lorraine McCarthy tells About Town the bad news: 

"John O’Meara died suddenly on Friday [January 13]. John’s death was so sudden. He had been in the hospital, then rehab and was doing well since he was discharged. John called last week and said put on the tea kettle Bobbie and I are on our way over. Dennis and I were so lucky to see him. He looked so good and he said he was feeling good. We are all going to miss John."

I had the pleasure of sitting with fellow Precinct 2 member O'Meara at Town Meeting for many years. He sat right behind me when I was vice chairman.

A very funny guy, who had distinct opinions on things.

I also sat with him at some of the myriad of events over the years. He served most recently as their vice president.  My sympathies go out to his widow Bobbie, and his entire family.

R.I.P. John. His funeral is Tuesday, January 17 at the (see additional information below).

His Obituary:

John J. O’Meara, a resident of Stoughton since 1953, formally of Somerville and Quincy, passed away peacefully at home on Friday January 13, 2012 at the age of 84. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Roberta N. “Bobbie” (MacWilliams) O’Meara, daughter Nancie Rae Andrews of Bradenton, Florida, son Daniel K. O’Meara of Stoughton, granddaughter Laura J. O’Connell, great granddaughter Aubrey Elizabeth O’Connell both of Parish, Florida and his brother Paul O’Meara of Burlington, MA. He was predeceased by his brother Henry O’Meara and his sister Mary D. (O'Meara) Hacker.

Born November 4, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts, John was the beloved son of the late Henry D. O’Meara and Margaret M. (McPhearson) O’Meara.

He attended Boston Public Schools and was a 1945 graduate of Somerville High School. John was a Plasterer by trade, attended Architecture courses at MIT and attended Babson College where he was able to attain the title of Nursing Home Administrator. Prior to his retirement he was employed by the Stonehedge Nursing Home in West Roxbury, MA for over 10 years.

John served four years in the United States Navy during World War II, Asiatic/Pacific Theatre. He was the proud recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Asiatic/Pacific Theatre Medal.

He was an active member of the Stoughton community. He served on the Stoughton Finance Committee, Stoughton Redevelopment Committee for 23 years, various Stoughton School Building Committees and The Fourth of July Committee for 32 years, serving as the Grand Marshall in 1982. John was a Town Meeting Member, member of the Stoughton Grenadiers, American Legion Post 89, VFW Post 1645, AMVETS Post 1977 and served as Vice President of the Stoughton Friends for Seniors.

Visiting hours will be held in the Sheehan Funeral Home, 115 Monk Street, Stoughton on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., immediately followed by a funeral service with Military Honors. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

John will always be remembered by all as a kind, gentle and hardworking person.


Candace Fisher January 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
RIP John. My dad always called you the "clock man". We'll miss you. Candace Fisher


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