Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

James J. O'Hara Ret. LT. CPD

Passed away on October 22, 2019

James J. O’Hara, Ret. LT. CPD, age 72.  Lifelong of the East Side. Passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  Beloved husband of Darlene (nee Harris) for 49 years.  Loving father of Tracey (Dan) Pieczynski, Joe (Karen) O’Hara SGT. CPD, and Jimmy (Kristin) O’Hara.  Cherished grandfather of Brian, Caitlin, Joey, Madison, and Abby.  Dearest brother of Bob (Kate) Boharic, Bill (Patty) O’Hara, and Patti (Kuki) O’Hara, Jim is also survived by many sister in laws, brother in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was a veteran of the US. Army.  Jim was the longtime co-owner of O’Hara’s Tavern and founding member of the Samurai’s.  Visitation Friday, October 25, 2019 2-9 pm.  Funeral Services Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 9:15 am from the Elmwood Chapel 11200 S. Ewing Ave. Chicago to Church of the Annunciata.  Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am.  Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Please omit flowers. For more information 773-731-2749 or www.elmwoodchapel.com


Prayers at Elmwood Chapel
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:15 am

Funeral Mass:
Church of the Annunciata
11128 S. Avenue G
Chicago, Illinois 60617
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00 am

St. Mary Cemetery
87th and Hamlin
Evergreen Park, Illinois 60805

Memorial Contributions:

Please omit flowers

Visitation Location

East Side
11200 S. Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 731-2749


Visitation Information

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm

"Jimmy's passing has left me with such an empty feeling. I am in shock and disbelief. I can only imagine how all of you, his family, are feeling. My deepest condolences to each of you and to all that knew and loved Jimmy. "
- Heather Malkowski
October 23, 2019 12:12 pm

"I am so so sorry about Jim's passing. We are out of town and not able to get back for Jim's funeral. Know that we will be thinking and praying for the family during this difficult time. Jim has been a good friend for a long, long time."
- Marty Behn
October 23, 2019 1:16 pm

"My Condolences and sorrows to the O'hara family .I have known Jimmy my Whole life . He will be Missed by All. RIP Jimmy. God Bless Him . Harold "
- Harold Johnson
October 23, 2019 1:43 pm

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Jimmy was one of the wittiest guys ever. His sense of humor always shined through which I believe gave him a better sense of life. He lived life to the fullest and he will be missed deeply. Rest In Peace brother 💔"
- Mark and Kathy Joseph
October 23, 2019 1:59 pm

"So sorry to the ohara family Jim and I had a bond back in the day will never forget working at Oharas "
- Marilyn fischl
October 23, 2019 2:05 pm

"I am so sorry for your loss praying for peace and comfort"
- Kimberly Chipules
October 23, 2019 2:14 pm

"My deepest condolences to The O’Haras on the loss of Jimmy. He was one of only a handful of bosses I ever had that it was a pleasure and honor to serve, because he never looked down, berated, or bullied his people. I WANTED to do a good job for him. You could always talk to Jim man-to-man with no fear. He was always friendly and a joy to be around. Rest easy Jimmy, hope to meet up again one day... I salute you.🤙🏻👮🏻✝️❤️"
- Michael A.Merola
October 23, 2019 2:53 pm

"So sorry to hear about Jims passing. i know Tony knew him well and spent many times with him over the years. Sorry i would be there to pay my condolences but i am having surgery that day. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of the family. Tony will be waiting up above to see an old friend. Pat Nasella"
- PAT Nasella
October 23, 2019 2:59 pm

"So sorry to the whole family on the passing of Big Jim. I'm going to miss him,his quick wit' and humor. RIP Big Jim Love ya my friend 🙏 Lennette"
- Lenny B
October 23, 2019 3:21 pm

"This is such sad news. He always welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I belonged always. He was a kind man and he will he missed. Prayers and heartfelt condolences are with you during this painful time. "
- Amy Lovell
October 23, 2019 3:23 pm

"I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father,brother.I have known Jim most of my life, my mother and dad met in his bar.Jim was a great man and a good friend.He will be missed. Rip Jim."
- Laura Schreiber
October 23, 2019 3:46 pm

"My deepest condolences to the entire O’Hara family. My favorite childhood memories come from your amazing family. Sending all of my love to you all. Jennie"
- Jeanette Hafer
October 23, 2019 3:50 pm

"I am so sorry about Jim’s passing. One of the greatest East Siders of all time and known by everyone as a great friend. Will be missed by all."
- John Prendergast
October 23, 2019 4:07 pm

"So sorry for this tremendous loss to the O'Hara family. Jim worked with me in 004 and 009. He was one of the best people I know, a great boss & even better friend. I will miss him & will be praying for everyone close to his heart. "
- Robert Kulak
October 23, 2019 5:06 pm

"I am so sorry to hear of Jimmy passing. Our deepest sympathy to his family."
- Dolores and Rudy Bufanip
October 23, 2019 5:37 pm

"May you find peace in your thoughts and memories! Keep Jim’s spirit alive by sharing stories and traditions!"
- Yukich Family
October 23, 2019 6:22 pm

"My deepest sympathy to the O'Hara family, prayers to all of you. Vecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal! Pat (Dancula) Polinski"
- Pat Dancula Polinski
October 23, 2019 10:28 pm

"Condolences to the entire O'Hara clan, and family. Blue and otherwise. Jim was the kind of old school boss you don't see anymore. "
- John
October 24, 2019 4:54 am

- deborah GOSHEN
October 24, 2019 10:53 am

"My deepest sympathies & condolences to the entire O’Hara Family. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this time of loss. May his memories give you comfort and strength."
- Anthony Luna Jr
October 24, 2019 11:27 am

"My condolences to the O'Hara family. We had many good times with Jimmy back in the day. Times I will never forget. Until we meet again my friend, R.I.P. Weeze"
- louise davis
October 24, 2019 1:24 pm

"I want to pass my condolences to Jimmys family..I am sorry I am out of town and will not be able to come to the funeral..so sorry for you Darlene and your kids and Patty and Billy..I have known Jimmy and his family all my life..his parents and mine were very good friends..always thought of Jimmys mom every time I saw his smile and heard him laugh..reminded me of such fun times with Mary and my mom..I was fortunate to see Jimmy periodically the in last several years as him and my brother remained good friends..I know he will be missed by so many..God bless you Jimmy..time to party with your loved ones in Heaven..I’m sure your spirit will be here with your loved ones!"
- Betty Schau
October 24, 2019 2:52 pm

"Darlene and family, Jim and I worked together in the 9th District and became good friends. He was very proud of all of you and often talked each of you. He was a natural leader and a terrific man. "
- Jack Halpin
October 24, 2019 2:54 pm

"My deepest Sympathy to Family <3 Love you Jimmy ,R.I.P.Hugs <3"
- Lanelle Heidekrueger Jansky
October 24, 2019 3:56 pm

"Lots of good memories from Rollaline,Eastside,and the Job.Condolences to the entire family."
- Don and Kelly Conner
October 24, 2019 5:07 pm

"I am so sorry. Jimmy was a great friend. Loved those day in the samurais Snowmobiling club and taking the kids out on Ave A. We have some great memories and he will be baddly missed"
- Tippy and Tammy Hendron
October 24, 2019 6:34 pm

"All of our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire O'Hara family. Jimmy will be missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him. I know I will always remember all the funny ways he turned even the most simple event into a great story. Hope to share some laughs again with him one day. God bless."
- Alan Gutierrez and Family
October 25, 2019 4:30 am

"He was my Sgt but more than that he was my friend, He will be greatly missed."
- Robert Lukas
October 25, 2019 5:59 am

"Our deepest condolences to the entire O’Hara family. God Bless y’all."
- Bednarek Family
October 25, 2019 8:33 am

"So sorry to hear about Jimmy. Many wonderful memories with Darlene and Jim. Rest In Peace Jim. Sincerly Charlie and Roz Lucas"
- Roz (Russell) Lucas
October 25, 2019 9:55 am

"O’Hara family, Our deepest condolences to all of you. You are in our hearts and thoughts during this Difficult time. Love Stroh family"
- Stroh Family
October 25, 2019 12:02 pm

"Sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. Deepest sympathy to Darlene, Patti, Billy and the entire O'Hara family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. May he rest in eternal peace."
- Mary Graan Cueller
October 25, 2019 8:16 pm

"My deepest condolences to the entire O’Hara Family. Since our families merged with the marriage of Tracey and Dan, over 25 years ago, I’ve always seen the genuine love and care, Jim has always had for his family. I will always remember his welcoming smile, and his contagious laughter. His absence now will create a huge void in the lives of so many. Jim will remain in the hearts and happy memories of all those he loved so much. May the road rise with you Jim, and until we meet again, may God keep you you in the hallow of His hand. ☘️ May we all be wrapped in the warmth of comfort and peace, during this most difficult time. "
- Mary Pieczynski
October 26, 2019 3:58 pm

"To the O'hara Family, I would like to offer my deepest condolences at this time. I had just became aware of Jim's death and was saddened at his passing, he will be missed. Jim and I had been drafted on the same day, went through Basic Army Training at Ft. Campbell, Ky. in 1966 and shared many memories over the years with the CPD. Bernie Pistello Ret. CPD Leesburg, Fl."
- Bernie Pistello, Ret. Dectective CPD
November 6, 2019 12:51 pm

Candles Lit
"Great man that will be missed dearly."
- 009th District Chicago Police
October 23, 2019 2:09 pm

"May you find peace in thoughts and memories. Share your stories and keep Jim’s spirit alive!"
- Yukich family
October 23, 2019 6:20 pm

"My condolences to all family and friends. Rest Easy Jim"
- Randy Gumkowski
October 24, 2019 12:01 pm

"God Bless you Jimmy O'Hara untill we met again R.I.P. Hugs "
- Lanelle Heidekrueger Jansky
October 24, 2019 4:06 pm

"Saying you will be missed is an understatement. We will try to keep your wit and humor going. Rest in Peace Big Jim."
- The Tabernacki's
October 25, 2019 9:38 am

"So Sorry for your loss. A great man. You and your family are in our prayers"
- Darryl and Lydia Tabernacki
October 25, 2019 11:12 am

"My sincere condolences to the O’Hara family! Jim will be missed. "
- George Christacakos
October 25, 2019 4:41 pm