John Joseph O'Meara passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020.
John was born December 8, 1927 in Madera, California to Melissa and Michael O’Meara. John lived in Madera his entire life except for a two year period following World War II, when he served as a U.S. Navy Seabee on Johnston Island in the Pacific. John graduated from Madera Union High School in 1946, where he excelled in both varsity football and track, as well as Junior Class Treasurer and a member of the Boys’ Federation. On October 18, 2019, John was honored for his contributions to the football program by receiving a game jersey and conducting the coin toss at the Madera High vs. Bullard game.
John married Roberta “Bebe” Habert on November 12, 1949. He worked for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company for 35 years. He actively served his community as a Babe Ruth baseball coach, a member of the Lions and Elks service clubs, the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW), the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) and as Head Usher at St. Joachim’s Church. He was a happy and loving father. John and Bebe traveled to many wonderful places including Ireland, Europe, Australia and China. As time went on, most of their travel was limited to visiting their family and friends in California, Virginia, and the western United States.
John is survived by his two children Nyla (Bob) Norris of Cobb, CA and Jack (Cheryl) O'Meara of Falls Church, VA. Five grandchildren Beth (Nik) Huerta of Richland, WA; Rob (Chelsea) Norris of Woodland, CA; Virginia Erholtz and Amanda (Nick) Clements of Memphis, TN, Andrew O’Meara of El Cajon, CA and Matthew O’Meara of Riverside, CA. Seven great grandchild Olive Erholtz; Henry Erholtz; Abel Erholtz; Kellen O’Meara; Oliver Clements; Brady Norris and Kinley Norris. Girlfriend Bobbie Grigsby of Madera, CA.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Cedar Creek Senior Living in Madera for the excellent care they provided to John.
A rosary and mass will be held at future date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Joachim’s Catholic School, 310 North I Street, Madera, CA 93637 or VFW Post 1981 Corp. Herbert E. Macon, 2026 North Granada Drive, Madera, CA 93637. Condolences may be expressed online at www.jaychapel.com.
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