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John E. O'Hare

October 28, 1926 ~ July 24, 2022 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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John O’Hare, 95, of Orange, beloved husband of Rita Firth O’Hare, passed away on July 24, 2022. Born on October 28, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Thomas and Katheryn Basquil O’Hare, he was the oldest of four children.

John grew up in Hamden and attended local schools. In 1953, John joined the Hamden Fire Department and served until his retirement in 1991 when he became a member of the Hamden Firefighters Retirement Association. John was a past member of Oak Lane and New Haven Country Clubs. He enjoyed antique cars. When he drove his beautiful blue 1975 Chrysler Cordoba around town, he was the envy of all of his friends.

Besides his wife of 30 years, John is survived by his daughter, Joan Roche and her husband Thomas of Branford; a son, and his wife Judy of Middletown; brother, Arthur and his wife Kay of VT; beloved grandchildren, Jamie Stephan and her husband David of NC, Jacqueline O’Hare of PA, Jennifer O’Hare of Hamden, Thomas Roche of PA, and Jerard O’Hare of Middletown; great grandchildren, Josephine and Henry Stephan. John is also survived by his extended family, Alan and Marie Firth of VA; Jonathan and Susan Firth of NJ and their children, Simon and Otis. John was predeceased by his son, David and brothers, Thomas and William.

Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 9am to 10am at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. Interment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange Center Rd., Orange. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hamden Retiree Fire Association, PO Box 185605, Hamden, CT 06518. To leave online condolences, please visit

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Gathering of Family and Friends
July 28, 2022

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Cody-White Funeral Home
107 N. Broad Street
Milford, CT 06460

Mass of Christian Burial
July 28, 2022

11:00 AM
Holy Infant Church
450 Race Brook Road
Orange, CT 06477

Interment following funeral service
July 28, 2022

Orange Center Cemetery

Orange, CT 06477


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