In Loving Memory of James G. O'Hora
James G. O'HoraWest Scranton, PA September 22, 1931 ~ January 16, 2015 Date of Service: January 20, 2015
James G. O’Hora, 83, a lifelong West Scranton resident, died Friday morning at Commonwealth Hospice of NEPA surrounded by his loving wife and seven children. He and his wife, the former Rita Knight, celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on June 4, 2014.
James was the son of the late Frank and Viola Kraft O’Hora. He was educated in Scranton schools, graduated from St. Patrick’s High School, Class of 1950, and retired from O’Hora Eye Care, which he founded. He was an active parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church, West Scranton, and a member of its Society of the Faithful. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.
Jim was very active in sports. He was a founder of the Eighth Grade Girls Parochial Basketball League and the first coach of St. Patrick’s Girls Basketball team. He was later honored with an annual award given in his name. He coached for many years in the West Scranton Girls Softball League. He was also an accomplished bowler receiving many awards and accolades.
A quiet and humble man, Jim was devoted to his family. While battling heart ailments for many years, Jim continued to work tirelessly, whether at his business or coaching his children in sports. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Always the gentleman, he was a shining example of a strong, loving, caring and compassionate human being.
On August 4, 2002, Jim received the ultimate gift of life, a heart transplant. This selfless act by a grieving family gave Jim and his family another twelve years together. Jim’s family is eternally grateful.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Diakiw, Dr Henry Yeager and Dr Howard Eisen for their compassionate care. They would also like to thank the nurses and staff of DaVita Dialysis, Hahnemann University Hospital, Moses Taylor Hospital, Traditional Home Health and Hospice and Commonwealth Hospice of NEPA.
Also surviving are four daughters, Dr. Marie and husband, Greg Sokol, Old Forge, Pa.; Rita Price, Marlton, New Jersey; Eileen and husband, Paul Leonard, Scranton; and Maureen, Ph.D., and husband Timothy Walsh, Old Forge, Pa.; three sons, James, Enola, Pa.; Joseph and wife, Wendie, Scranton; and Paul, Scranton, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, Melissa, Kelly, Amy and Brian Sokol, Lindsey, Eric and Megan O’Hora, Michael and Lauren Price, Alexis and Douglas Walsh.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Francis and Paul.
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker Street, Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, Jackson Street, Scranton, to be celebrated by Monsignor David L. Tressler. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Interment with military honors, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N. Third St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19123, Attn: Community Relations or online at www.donors1.org.