James Patrick O’Callaghan

Life Story

James Patrick O’Callaghan was a beloved husband, father, and war hero.

Jim was born on October 31, 1944 in Jersey City, the only son of James and Margaret Tully O’Callaghan. Eleven months later, his mother gave birth to his only sister, Peggy. He passed away on March 1, 2019.

Jim graduated from Lewiston High School in 1962, where he discovered a love of soccer, football, and weight lifting and was voted class flirt, a well-deserved distinction.

At just 17 years old, Jim enlisted in the US Army and served in Vietnam. Jim served honorably for over 25 years, retiring a Chief Warrant Officer. Jim’s service to our country included his service in the Special Forces Green Berets starting at age 19, a choice that would define the rest of his life. Jim was proud to be a member of the 10th Special Forces group, training with the brightest and the best. He received the Darby Award at his Ranger school graduation at the age of 36.  Fluent in several languages, Jim was part of an elite counter-terrorist group in Berlin during the Cold War, details of which were classified until the last few years of his life. He part of the Iranian Hostage Mission Rescue efforts.

Jim held two Master’s degrees, one in History and one in Special Education. He taught both history and special education, and coached high school soccer. His proudest moment included two state championships with his men’s soccer teams, 20 years apart.  Jim was a loving and compassionate man, who quietly made sure his less fortunate students had clothes, food, and extras that their families might not have been able to provide

Jim’s greatest love in life was his wife Barbara. At the end of his life, with his memory fading, Barb was a beacon of hope and love for him. She was his constant companion, his guiding light, his soul mate. He loved her with a deep and everlasting love, and she cared for him and took care of him until his dying day.

Jim is lovingly survived by 8 children- Stephanie O’Callaghan Dumont, Jeremiah O’Callaghan, Christy O’Callaghan-Leue, Thomas O’Callaghan, Erin Dyer, Bevan Platas, Whitney O’Callaghan, and David O’Callaghan and  is pre deceased by daughter Rebekah O’Callaghan. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and one soon to be great granddaughter.

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