Joseph J. O'Mara, 56, of Broomall, PA, passed away on January 17, 2021, at Bryn Mawr Hospital after a brief illness.
Born on October 14, 1964, in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late William G. and Helen (Leahy) O'Mara and was the youngest of two children. Joseph grew up in Broomall and graduated high school in 1982. He was an active member of St. Pius X Church.
Joseph was a multi-gold medalist and also earned numerous silver and bronze medals as a long-time Special Olympics athlete. Throughout his Special Olympics career, he competed in track and field, bocce ball, and basketball.
Joseph was a pure soul who left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He judged no one, carried no hatred, and never met a person he didn’t like. Joseph was also a teacher of sorts - a teacher of how to treat people, of how to show constant kindness, and of how to love unconditionally. He loved his family, adored his big brother, and had an unbreakable bond with his mother until her recent passing.
He was preceded in death by his father, William G., mother, Helen, and brother, William J.
Joseph is survived by his niece Katie O’Mara (John Leone), cousin, Kevin Leahy (Jamie), and several other cousins and second-cousins.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021, from 9:30 am until the time of the joint Mass of Christian Burial--for Joseph and Helen--at 10:30 am at St. Pius X Church, 220 S. Lawrence Rd, Broomall, PA. For those attending the services, please follow COVID safety protocols: wear a mask, refrain from physical contact, and practice social distancing. The mass will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.
Interment will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield.
In his memory, contributions may be made to Special Olympics Pennsylvania - Delaware County, PO Box 1202 Havertown, PA 19083.
The link to access the live-streamed Mass of Christian Burial is located below the service information.
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