William Donald O'Hara

September 21, 1936 - March 29, 2024

Col. William D. O'Hara Jr.

September 21, 1936 - March 29, 2024

William D. "Bill" O'Hara Jr, 87, of Charlottesville, VA, formerly of Corinth, NY, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2024. He was the loving husband of Jacqueline A. (Springer) O'Hara for over 60


Born in Schenectady, NY on September 21, 1936, he was the son of the late William D. O'Hara and Agnes V. (Hennessy) O'Hara. After graduating from Nott Terrace HS (1953) and Siena College (1960), he served in the US Army for 28 years, attaining the rank of Colonel. His assignments included three tours in Vietnam, accumulating over 886 combat hours as a pilot along with postings to Germany and the Pentagon. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and 21 Air Medals. He attended the Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS and the Air War College in Montgomery, AL. He also earned a master's degree from the College of William and Mary. Bill spent his retirement years with Jackie traveling between Corinth, NY and St. Augustine, FL enjoying golf and spending time with family and friends.

Bill was devoted to his family and loved nothing better than to host his children and grandchildren at their beloved Camp, "Eagle's Landing," on the Great Sacandaga Lake. There, with a beer in hand, he tended his BBQ grill with skill and joy, while watching his grandchildren explore and swim. He will be deeply missed by his children and their spouses, Bill (Cathy) O'Hara Ill, Kellie (Joe) Schachle, and Dan (Monica) O'Hara; and his 13 grandchildren, Brendan (Hannah), Nolan, and Evan Schachle, Jordan (Kelsey), Jackie, Jonathan (Sydney), Jessie (Jadon) Wilt, Jenni, Joelle, and Jamie O'Hara, and Erin, Keelin, and William O'Hara IV, who hold fond memories of swimming, boating, and taking walks with their "Da."

Bill was predeceased by his siblings, Maureen Clark, Elizabeth "Bebe" Schaaf, Robert "Bob" O'Hara, and David O'Hara. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jacqueline (Jackie).

There will be a private family burial service and he will be laid to rest in the Culpeper National Cemetery with military honors. Please share your memories at (website?). A celebration of life for family and friends will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.