Exeter, NH — Joseph D. O’Hearn, Jr. of Exeter died suddenly Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Exeter Hospital.
He was born in Lawrence, Mass., the son of the late Joseph D. O’Hearn, Sr. and Irene (McNeilly) O’Hearn Avery. He was born and raised in Lawrence, Mass. He attended Lawrence High School and was a graduate of Essex Agricultural & Technical High School in Hathorne, Mass. He lived most of his life in Exeter working and retiring from the Bay State Gas Company (Northern Utilities) after 34 years as a natural gas service technician.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with family and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting. His passion was freshwater bass fishing. Joe also loved and enjoyed his labrador retrievers.
At the age of 17, Joe went to work as a lumberjack in northern Aroostook County, Maine, in the days before chainsaws and where horses were the skidders. It was there he met his lifelong friends. The lumber camp transformed into a deer hunting camp where Joe traveled to each fall for 60 years to spend a week hunting deer with his buddies in the Great North Woods.
Family members include his wife of 55 years, Alma D. (Berube) O’Hearn, and their children, Dennis J. O’Hearn, his wife, Deborah (Young) O’Hearn, and grandchildren, Emily, Erin, Elizabeth, Eli, Ethan, Esther, Evan, and Elise; David A. O’Hearn, his wife, Karen (Fletcher) O’Hearn, and grandchildren, Adam and Shawn; Anne L. (O’Hearn) Balaicuis and her husband, John B. Balaicuis, MD; Mary Ellen (O’Hearn) Buisan and her husband, Michael Buisan, and grandchildren, Melissa and Michael; John A. O’Hearn, his wife, Christine (Connor) O’Hearn, and grandchildren, Patrick, Kaitlyn, Sophia and Faith. Also, nieces, Christine (Priebe) Yahner-Divadkar and Laurie Priebe and nephew Henry Priebe.
He was predeceased by his brother, Frank O’Hearn and a sister, Louise (O’Hearn) Priebe.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Stockbridge Funeral Home, 141 Epping Road, Exeter, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the United Spinal Association. Burial will be private. Please visit www.Stockbridgefh.com.