Robert William O'Hara (1925-2006)

Mary Ellen Sullivan (1924-1978)
T J O'Hara
married [1977] C Styles
married [19??] M
M L O'Hara
Seán Aloysius O'Hara
married [1977] Deborah Ann Bodden
James Brendan O'Hara (1955-2009)
M J O'Hara
married [19??] K Jones
A K O'Hara
P D O'Hara
married [19??] L

M L O'Hara (1923- )
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1925: 19 January*
Birth of Robert William O'Hara
*verified by the California Birth Index (1905-1995)
Fresno, Fresno Co, California, USA

1930 Census: Fresno, California, USA (5)
with Ruben Rolland O'Hara (40) father
Alma Jean (37) mother
Margaret Louise (7) sister

1940 Census: Fresno, Fresno Co, California, USA (15)
Roll: T627_200; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 10-12; lines 30-34
listed as son
address: 658 Princeton Avenue
Ruben O'Hara (50) head, mechanic
Alma O'Hara (48) wife
Peggy O'Hara (17) daughter
Addie Appel (75) mother-in-law

1946: 21 June  [22]
Marriage to Mary Ellen Sullivan  [22]

1948: 28 March  [23]
father dies - Ruben Rolland O'Hara [58]
buried in Liberty Veterans Cemetery¤
Fresno, Fresno, Co., California, USA

1974: day month  [49]
mother dies - Alma Jean Appel O'Hara [82]
buried in Liberty Veterans Cemetery¤
Fresno, Fresno, Co., California, USA

1976: day month   [51]
Divorced from Mary Ellen Sullivan O'Hara   [52]
for legal/financial reasons relating to the institutional care required by Mary Ellen.
California Divorce Index, 1966-1984, lists the following data for each spouse:
O'Hara, Robert W - born '25
Sullivan, Mary E - born '24
and states that the original marriage year was '46

1978: 18 December   [53]
Widowed from Mary Ellen Sullivan O'Hara   [54]

2006: 29 April
Death of Robert WIlliam O'Hara   [81]
Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa Co, California, USA
his cremated ashes were distributed ___(?)

In loving memory of Robert William 'Bill' O’Hara, who died peacefully Saturday morning, April 29th, 2006, at 7:15am at the Petaluma Care & Rehabilitation Center.  He was born in Fresno, January 1925, to Alma Jean Appel and Ruben Roland O’Hara.
    He was a veteran of WWII who served in Europe. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University’s Engineering School in 1949.  He was widowed by Mary Ellen Sullivan in December 1978 after a marriage of 30 years.  Both he and Mary Ellen were active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Bill once serving as President of the Catholic Interracial Council of the San Francisco Archdioceses. He retired in the late 1980s from Lockheed (Moffitt Field).
    His helpmate of 28 years, Joan Ewing is currently in the care of her daughter Janet, in Berkeley.  Joan & Bill traveled the world extensively with Veterans for Peace and were members of the Mid Peninsula & Santa Rosa Peace Centers.  Bill was also a member of the MG Owners Club, and recently refurbished, for the fourth time since 1958, his right-hand drive 1951 MGTD [pictured at right].
    He is survived by his 7 adult children: Peg(#2) & Seán(#3) in California, Kate(#6) in Oregon, James(#4) & Pat(#7) in Wisconsin, and Tim(#1) & Moira(#5) in Massachusetts.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 6th, 5pm, at Santa Rosa Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, in the Religious Education Lobby.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, 457 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa 95401.

Robert (Bill) in Sausalito after sailing on the
San Francisco Bay on a friend's boat

Bill's prized 1951 MG TD, which he rebuilt 4 times

Robert (far left) and 'Peggy" (far right) with their parents, Reuben and Alma