James G. O'Hare
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James G. O'Hare
  • September 22, 1941 - September 16, 2017
  • Peoria, Illinois

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James G. O'Hare
PEORIA - James G. O'Hare, 75, of Peoria, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at 6:47 a.m. on Saturday September 16, 2017 at Liberty Village Manor Court after a long battle with diabetes.
He was born on Sept. 22, 1941, in Peoria, IL, the son of Philip and Dorothy (Astle) O'Hare. Jim grew up in Mapleton, IL and attended Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1964.
He married Joan Scott on June 27, 1970 in Macomb Illinois. Jim is survived by his wife along with his only son Tom (Sandra) O'Hare of Peoria, his only daughter Emily (Nick) Cramer of Peoria; two nieces, Sara (Mark) O'Dwyer of Lombard, IL and Carrie (Doug) Arnold and their children Will, Whitney and Waylon of Janesville, WI; two cousins, Mary Anne (Jerry) Morsch of Kansas City, MO and Sandy (Phil) Hess of Naperville, IL. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and only sister Carol O'Hare.
For 29 years Jim enjoyed a rewarding career in Peoria District 150 teaching 7th and 8th grade science and social studies at Irving, as well as coaching the boys and girls basketball and softball teams. He later taught at Greeley, Longfellow and Lincoln before retiring in 1993.
Jim's presence positively touched the lives of many. He never had an enemy and always had a joke. He taught us so much and had a love of so many things.
Jim enjoyed hunting for antiques and placed an emphasis on stoneware. Jim was a charter member of the Collectors of Illinois Pottery and Stoneware Club which was founded in 1983, and served as president of COIPS for many years. Jim was also a charter member of the Old Sleepy Eye Collector's Club (est. 1976), and served several years as the president of the Pekin Bottle Collector's Association. Jim was a prominent antique dealer with multiple booths at Pleasant Hill Antique Mall and Illinois Antique Center, as well as malls in Peru and El Paso.
Jim was a big fan of all sports, but concentrated mainly on hockey and baseball. He held season tickets with the Peoria Rivermen since 1990-91 and made hundreds of trips with Tom to see the St. Louis Blues. Jim was elated by the Cubs magical run to the 2016 World Series title.
Jim enjoyed reading, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, music, flea markets, and finding treasures on eBay. He was a true friend to many and will be dearly missed by all.
Jim's memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday October 14th, at the Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home at 2408 W. Willow Knolls Drive in Peoria. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Jim's name to either: Peoria Humane Society [PAWS](at 2600 N.E. Perry, Peoria, IL 61603), Pets For Seniors (at P.O Box 64, Edwards, IL 61528) or Illinois Cancer Care Foundation (at 8940 N. Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL 61615).