Clarence G. O’Leary

November 29, 1922 - December 6, 2011
Clarence G. O’Leary

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Clarence G. O’Leary, 89, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. He was born November 29, 1922 in St. John, Maine to Joseph and Gladys Kelly O’Leary. Clarence served in the U.S. Army during WW II, earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and several campaign medals. After his military service Clarence married Rolande “Rhonnie” Gagne on August 20, 1946. He was employed by the Civil Service Administration at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, retiring in 1977. Clarence was a registered Maine Guide, trapper, hunter, fisherman and extraordinary canoeist. He was also an amateur boxer and was considered by all that knew him as a man amongst men. Clarence and Rhonnie have resided in Hendersonville since 2003.

In addition to his wife Rhonnie, Clarence is survived by a sister, Ann O’Leary Kelly of Inverness, Florida; children Gordon O’Leary and wife Joan Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Michael O’Leary and wife Judy Noel of Flat Rock, NC, Marlene O’Leary and husband John Cook of Atlanta, GA and Vicki O’Leary of Asheville, NC; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three children, Patrick O’Leary, Joy O’Leary Mills and Paul O’Leary; a sister, Geraldine O’Leary McBriarty and a beloved grandson, Lee Cox. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Randy Tryon and the staff of Hendersonville Health and Rehab for their outstanding support and caring attitudes.

A private service will be held at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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  • December 08, 2011
    Ken Decker says:
    There are no words in any language that could fill the void left by the passing of Mr. O'Leary. However, the fond memories for all who knew the man will live in our hearts forever. The lights of this earthly world are a little dimmer, but there is no doubt heaven is a whole lot brighter since Mr. O entered the woodsy/pearly gates. I am truley honored and blessed to have known the man Family called dad, Friends called Clarence, and I, Mr. O'Leary. God Bless.

  • December 09, 2011
    David & Colleen Kaulius says:
    Gordon, I am very sorry for your loss. I know what that feeling is. I will never forget the stories you use to tell us about your father. Sincerely, Dave

  • December 09, 2011
    Mike Clark and Family says:
    Mike, I never had the oppo rtunity to meet your Father but from what I read about him,he was someone you could be proud of and look up to. Our thought's and prayers are with you and your family.

  • December 09, 2011
    Steven Pelletier Susan Robinson says:
    Mike, So sorry to hear about your Father, our thoughts are with you, and your mother and family. Steve and Susan

  • December 09, 2011
    Leo says:
    May each new dawn ease your sadness, and fond memories bring peace and comfort to your hearts... Sincerely, Leo