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Joseph  R. O'Leary
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Obituary for Joseph R. O'Leary

Joseph R. O’Leary, 94, of Haverhill, died Thursday afternoon, October 5, 2017 at Hannah Duston Healthcare, Haverhill.

He was born in Weymouth, December 11, 1922, son of the late John and Sylvia (Towne) O’Leary.

Educated in the Haverhill school system, Mr. O’Leary graduated from Haverhill High School where he was a member of the football team.

During World War II he served in the United States Army attaining the rank of Sergeant. He earned a World War II Victory Medal, European African Campaign Ribbon and a Victory Medal.

For over 40 years he was employed as a roofer for Letoile Roofing, Haverhill from where he retired.

Mr. O’Leary enjoyed camping in the White Mountains for over 55 years with his late wife, fishing, and making puzzles and lawn ornaments out of wood.

He was the husband of the late Rose (Dumas) O’Leary who died in 2008 and father of the late Jo Anne Ferrante who died in 2016.

His survivors include three sons; Timothy O’Leary and his wife Charlotte of Bradford, Raymond O’Leary and his wife Dorothy of Bradford, David O’Leary and his wife Marrianne of Loudon, NH, a son-in-law; Joe Ferrante of Atkinson, NH, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. O’Leary’s sons, and their families, would like to give special thanks to Joe Ferrante for the care given to Joe and Rose for over thirty years. They will never forget that.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Haverhill & Bradford. Contributions in his memory may be made to Harborside Hospice, PO Box 930, Haverhill, MA 01830. To share a memory or for more information please visit

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