Kevin J. O'Hara, Esq., 63, of Greenfield Township, PA, died Monday morning, November 8, 2021 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Tina Marie Molinaro. They were married June 29, 1985.
Born April 11, 1958 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Cyril and Mary Gertrude Farrell O'Hara.
Kevin was a 1976 graduate of Forest City High School and earned a political science degree from the University of Scranton. He then earned his law degree from Duquesne University.
He owned his own law office located in Carbondale and also worked for Lackawanna County Department of Human Services as Guardian Ad Litem for Dependency Court.
The many loves of Kevin O'Hara include singer Bruce Springsteen, John Prine, and Jimmy Buffet. He was the great retriever of musical and historical trivia. Land of Hope and Dreams, Bruce Springsteen's song, brought him much comfort during his difficult hospital stays. Kevin was a gifted intellectual with many interests. He enjoyed all genres of movies and theater, in which he played many leading roles. He was a beautiful singer. He has been a devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants, and the New York Jets since childhood. Kevin believed in the significance of life, that all lives are equally important. Kevin modeled himself many times after George Bailey, a fictional character, in the beloved movie It's a Wonderful Life.
Kevin's wife and children, the loves of his life, have learned life's lesson through his quiet gentlemanly demeanor. The essence of love and caring for each other. By God's plan, Kristina and Karlie became his jewels by uniting them as a family from afar. A line borrowed from George Bailey's character in It's a Wonderful Life mirrors that "he was the richest man in town."
He is also survived by two daughters: Kristina Tai O'Hara and Karlie-Grace O'Hara, both at home; six siblings: Kathleen Dodge of Waymart, PA, Ann Kovatch of Jessup, PA, John O'Hara and wife, Terri, Maureen O'Hara of Waymart, PA, Patricia Richner and husband, Stevan of Farmington, WV, and Timothy O'Hara and wife, Juliet Zabel of Wheaton, IL; a godson: Frank Molinaro of Raleigh, NC; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog: Daisie-Mae.
He was also preceded in death by a brother: Michael O'Hara; a brother-in-law: Bruce Kovatch; a godson: Gregory Michael Fotia; and a niece: Jennifer Dodge.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 1101 Willow Street, Peckville, PA., celebrated by Rev. Andrew Kurovsky, pastor. Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township, PA.
Pallbearers: Francis Norella, Allan Bucklaw, Timothy O'Hara, Frank Fotia, Thomas Menichini, Steve Richner and Robert Cornall.
A viewing was held Friday, November 12, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. from the Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 89 Farview Street, Carbondale, PA.
The family requested that donations be made in Kevin's name to an organization near and dear to his heart, Lackawanna County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, 846 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508.