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Francis J. O'Hare, Jr., 74, of Melrose, formerly of Wakefield, died on Monday, March 8 after a long period of failing health.
Born in Everett on October 9, 1946, he was the son of the late Francis and Lucy (Lanzo) O'Hare.
Fran ("Franny") was raised and educated in Wakefield. He was a retired construction supervisor and property manager. He was a lifelong member of the Wakefield Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the "Chill" with friends, Jack, John, David, Peter, Jay, Bobby and Bill.
Fran is survived by his wife Donna M. (Nutile) O'Hare, their daughter Kristen Farrell and husband Jim of Newburyport, son Kevin O'Hare and wife Diana of Wakefield. Proud Papa to four grandchildren: Braeden, Kernan, Sebastian & Luca. He is also survived by a brother, James O'Hare of Wakefield and his two close friends, Jack MacKay and John Carney. Fran was predeceased by his brother Michael O'Hare and his sister Mary Sowyrda.
Funeral services will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cure SMA, 925 Busse Rd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.
Message from the Family:
There are so many things that we will miss about our father (and husband, uncle, and friend), Francis J. O'Hare Jr. "Fran" "Franny" "Dad" "Papa" "Chico" "Frantastic" and "Uncle Spaghetti Sauce", to name just a few of his monikers. He was fun and funny, always up for an adventure, and had a contagious laugh. Fran loved his family and friends with all that he was, and he loved us all being together at any and every opportunity. He will be missed. He will be celebrated. We feel thankful to have had him in our lives for as long as we had, knowing many friends have lost their dads at much younger age. But still, it somehow could never be enough. Covid is keeping us all apart for now, but in true "Fran-tastic" fashion we will be able to gather sometime soon and raise a beer bottle in his honor. He loved us all, and we loved him. In that, we are all truly grateful.
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