Funeral Notice for Brother James "Jim" O'Mara
Friday, April 17, 2015

James Edward O'Mara began his journey on July 29, 1936 in North St. Louis. He grew up on Patton Avenue and attended St. Mark's Grade School. For over 60 years, Jim attended grade school reunions, a fine example of a man who knew how to demonstrate commitment to things he believed in. He graduated from McBride High School in 1954.

His journey had many turning points and phases, but the most productive phase of his journey was when his best friend became his life partner—Patricia Walsh. He married Patricia and like all good Catholic couples, they started a family. First, the three girls, then the four boys, and as he soon discovered, life would never be the same again!

Jim was a proud man and his goal was to provide a home full of love, laughter, friendship and integrity.

Those traits would become such strong tools that would mold and shape the lives of his children and their children, values that allowed them to develop into the fine people they are today as well as teach them how to achieve their goals, especially in the service of others, a value at which Jim excelled.

But not only instilling good values—Jim and Pat were also hands-on parents. They could always be found at sporting events, dance contests, recitals and all the other child-oriented functions that make up so much of the journey of life.

If the O'Maras were in it, you could look in the crowd and see Mom and Dad, a wonderful memory down to this very day.

And while being passionate about being a good husband and father, his other great passion was the union, entering the pipefitter's apprenticeship program on February 28, 1955. And this passion was immediately obvious by his phenomenal work ethic. For the next sixty years, he was a journeyman, a talented foreman, an apprentice instructor, business representative and ultimately, the Business Manager in 1992, where he used his drive, gifts and talents in the service of others until his retirement in 2002.

During his tenure as Business Manager he brought change, not a popular choice at the time, and respect to the Pipefitter's Union. And like all men who see the “big picture,” and want to make the world a better place,  it was always Jim's goal to leave the next generation better off—and most would agree—he did just that.

Jim also served as Vice President in the International Plumbers and Pipefitter's Union and was an active member of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, serving as President and Vice-President. He was a founding member of the North County Labor Legislative Club and started the “Heats On” program in the St. Louis Region.

Continuing his legacy of public service, Jim was elected to represent the Fourth District on the St. Louis County Council and served as Chairman twice during his ten-year term. Jim also participated in numerous charitable organization boards and was appointed to State-wide commissions by four Missouri Governors.

He spent his retirement researching his family genealogy, traveling, playing golf with the “Sunshine Boys,” and passing on his wisdom and values to his extended family.

Jim's legacy will be passing the torch to others on their journey as they continue his fight to provide a decent quality of life for working people.

Services: Visitation at Stygar Mid Rivers Funeral Home, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304, Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Funeral Monday, April 20, 2015 from Stygar Mid Rivers  Funeral Home to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1355 Motherhead Road (Cottleville) for a 12:30p.m. Celebration of Mass. Interment Ste. Philippine Cemetery (St. Charles).

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