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"It is with a heavy heart I am writing this. December 24, 2015 we lost my brother Michael O'Dea. He leaves behind 3 beautiful kids."
Michael is proceeded in death by his wife, Judy, who passed away in 2006.
Also the O'Dea family sadly lost older brother, Tim O'Dea, BHS '67, in 2000.
JANUARY 18, 2016 UPDATE
"Lost my little brother Christmas eve.......its a tough time for the family and especially for his kids. He was my best friend and a great father!! Mike left no will or life insurance so the kids are going to struggle for a while before they can get their emotional and financial matters under control. If you are so inclined, any help and prayers are welcome." Jim O'Dea (BHS '67)
A FEW COMMENTS FROM FACEBOOK
Heartbreaking... I am so sorry to hear, Ellen, and send my deepest condolences to you and all the family.
Our prayers go out to you and his family.
Nancy McNamara Zambrana
I'm so very sorry to hear about Mike's passing. My deepest sympathy to the O'Dea family. So sad, so young!
So sorry to hear this Ellen. Many memories of us on Myers street,RIP my old friend.
Annette Dinolfo Bennett
So sorry! Memories of the Odea family are so close to my heart. Especially all the kids like our family. List my baby sister in 09 she was class of 81. So sad and so young. Prayers and thoughts to the whole family.
Carol Forrand Tallakson
Prayers go out to his family
Sorry for your loss.
Sending prays .. I remember him when we were very young .. A lot of love
Carol Nicholls Lebrecht
Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Michael. I attended school with Jim and Tim, class of 1967. Sending prayers to the family during this time. I know how hard it is losing a loved one during the Holiday Season. I too just lost my Mother on Dec 15th. Know that your brother will be looking over you all from Heaven.
Nadine Aguirre Lujan
So sorry for your loss.
God Bless RIP
I am so sorry for your loss! I was Class of '79 (Tracy Blass back then), and I remember your brother.
RIP Mike, I too, went to Horace Mann, John Muir and BHS with Mike. He did some work on my Mom's house many years after graduation ( and many years ago ) my best memories are from elementary school though, we were all such close friends back then...
So sorry for your loss. I remember Mike to be a kind heart. God bless him and comfort his family.
Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta
Sorry for your loss...
So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for your family.
Sorry for your lost may he REST in Peace
Cindy McDaniel Herrin
Barbara Zelenay Berry
Deeply saddened of Mike' passing. My heart goes out to you, Ellen , Maureen, Jim and Kim.. He will be truly missed but never forgotten.. May he RIP...Love to you all..
Carol Brown Baker
Very sorry for your loss. He is way too young to be gone!
Cathy Nicholls Coyle
So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. May God wrap you in his arms and comfort you and your family.
I am very sorry
Sorry for your loss.
Susan Pena MacCaskey
Sorry for your loss. . . Prayers of comfort for the family!
I'll be keeping all of your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Rest in peace brother Mike
Sad news, sorry for the loss your brother. We grew up on Keystone not too far from your house if i remember correctly....always thought mike was a great guy. May God comfort your family.
So sorry Ellen O'Dea-sportelli. Life is so brief.
So sorry for your loss. I know the pain your feeling.
So sorry for your loss. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you and his whole family.
Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace.
Leslie Gentile Chamberlain
Prayers for comfort & peace to you and your family! heart emoticon
My deepest condolences to all of who loved Mike such a great guy. Rest in peace Mike... Gone too soon such a kind loving soul who loved nature...may God's perpetual light shine upon him
Brenda Balogh Leicht
So sorry for your loss
Lisa Votaw Martin
So sorry for your loss. Mike worked for my husband back in the day, he was a great guy. 🏼
So sorry for your loss Ellen.
Renee' Buckley York
The sweetest gentle giant, he will never be replaced and forever in our hearts
Very sorry to hear - Mike was so kind to everyone!
So sad to hear. My deepest sympathy for the family.
Dolores Dodds Oergel
RIP. Praying for you and your family.
So very sad, my prayers are with his family.
So sorry to hear this RIP MIke
So sorry for yr loss he was a good guy.
My prayers are with u and his fam
Sorry for your loss what a cool person he was.
Sorry to hear, blessing for the family.
Years of hanging out at Vollands house with terry and Phil Cullotta , Big surfer and a real nice Bro.