The O’Meally family sends heartfelt thanks to all who joined us for John O’Meally’s September 17th memorial service whether in-person or via livestream, and who’ve shared their love, support and words of comfort during this difficult time.
Click here to view a video recording of the memorial service, held on Friday September 17th, 2021, here at First Churches.
SHARE YOUR STORIES
The memories you’ve shared about your time with our family’s patriarch have touched our hearts. We’ve created an online Memory Board where we can all share words, pictures & remembrances of John. Click here to add to the Memory Board, and feel free to share this link with others.
COOLEY DICKINSON VA & HOSPICE
Please consider a gift of support to this organization, which helped both Dorothy & Larry transition with comfort & dignity: https://www.cooleydickinson.org/programs…/vna-hospice/
Please contact the family if you have any questions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please note that we dropped our landline last year: 413-527-6931 is no longer our phone number.
JOHN O’MEALLY’S LIFE HISTORY
John L. O’Meally was born on March 23, 1936 to Arthur and Blanche (Gravely) O’Meally of Manhattan, New York. John graduated from Samuel Gompers Technical High School in 1953. He enlisted in the US Navy after high school, and spent the next 23 years serving with distinction and honor while rising up the chain of command. He met his wife Dorothy while in New York and they were married in 1960. John was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for seven years. There, they welcomed their two children, Donna and John II. After being transferred back to the East coast, John settled his family in Teaneck NJ while he served several tours of duty on ships & shore, including heading up the regional US Navy recruiting office in Newark, NJ. He retired from the Navy in 1975 and began his career as a risk prevention engineer for Factory Mutual Systems (Now FM Global). He worked there for over 20 years, retiring again in 1998. .
John was a man of adventure. After retirement, his interests in aviation led to him earn both private and commercial pilot’s licenses. He would often fly out of a local airport in NJ and ‘buzz’ the house, just to say ‘hello”. His love of sailing didn’t end with the Navy. He bought a sailboat, and later a 30 ft. cabin cruiser and enjoyed sailing the waters of Manhattan and upstate New York with friends and family. He and Dorothy also traveled the country in their motor home.
After 48 years in Teaneck, Dorothy and John moved to The Lathrop Communities in Easthampton, MA to be close to family. Unfortunately, Dorothy passed away within the first 18 months of the move. He so missed Dorothy, but was buoyed by his grandchildren, visits with family & old friends, and the new friends he made while living in western Massachusetts.
John was the patriarch of the O’Meally family. He was a role model, a cheerleader and a reliable guide throughout his life. He was a man of honor, duty and tremendous integrity. He will live forever in our hearts.