James A. O'Halloran

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James A. O'Halloran

March 11, 1945 - November 17, 2018

Amherst James A. O'Halloran died November 17, 2018, leaving a life of courage and energy. His wife Paula will forever cherish his love, which was both a home and an adventure all at once.

Jim was a beautiful man of honor, humor and vitality. He overcame early adversity and dreamed big as he forged his own path. He looked every challenge right in the eye and never backed down. Intelligence, ambition and discipline allowed Jim to bring complex ideas to reality, and brought him success in numerous enterprises, including trucking, telephone company contracting, vehicle and equipment sales, real estate and land development.

Jim was a proud man who fiercely defended his reputation and possessions. He was tender, protective and generous to those he loved. Jim will be remembered for his epic storytelling, which often mixed misadventure with humor in unforgettable tales of his life. He loved land, old trucks, big machinery, children, a good laugh, a loving hug, and his steadfast friends and family.

Jim grew up in Amherst, the fifth child of Robert and Eleanor O'Halloran. He will be especially missed by his brothers Robert O'Halloran and Michael Avery, Sr.; sister Anne Beck; daughters Shannon (Pierre) Tellier, Sherry (Todd) Goeders, Lisa O'Halloran, and their families; and long-time friend Julian Bagley.

Give me a man
strong and sure-footed
Give me a man with
adventure in his bones
and fire in his heart.

"Grief only exists where love lived first."

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Published on January 9, 2019
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Robert O'Halloran
Jan 14, 2019
Rest in Peace, Brother Jim. You were an inspiration in so many ways. You could walk a piece of timberland and by the end of the day, you knew if it held any value. Likewise, you could check out an old Mack truck or fire truck and clearly see the value of it. Your ability in these areas clearly exceeded most people.
You will be greatly missed.
Rick Hazelton
Jan 12, 2019
My condolences to Jim's Family. I grew up in Amherst and went to the Persian School with Jim.
Gordon Treadwell & Lorraine Pettigrew Treadwell
Jan 12, 2019
Sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. Our thoughts go out to Paula and the O'Halloran family. Gordon and Lorraine Treadwell
Mike Avery Sr.
Jan 11, 2019
Although Jim and I came to meet later in our lives, quite by accident, what a wonderful accident it was. When we found out that we were brothers we both embraced that knowledge and formed a relationship that was as strong as any two people could hope for. Any time we spent hunting, fishing, going to lunch with our wives, or just hanging out was always a fun time. We always talked about what we thought life may have been like if we had known each other much earlier in our lives but knowing that you can’t turn back the hands of time we made the best of the time we had. Now that Jim has passed there will be an empty spot in my heart until we meet again. Rest In Peace Brother Jim.
Donald O'Halloran
Jan 11, 2019
I have great childhood memories of my older brother Jim. He was a good one for a joke but always nearby to help me out in a scrape. I always looked up to him and admired his spirit of adventure, his work ethic, and his entrepreneurial skills. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and took pride in tracing our family roots. As family can attest , there was never a dull moment when Jim was around. Also, Jim and Paula enabled our dear sister Pat to enjoy her last trips to Maine. She was so happy to hang out in Amherst. My thoughts are with you Paula, Lisa, Sherrie, and Shannon
Sheriden Ohmart Treat
Jan 10, 2019
Jim was a classmate of mine and because both our last names began with an "O" we were always in the same home room at Brewer High School. I remember him as a quiet, kind person who I looked forward to seeing each day. I am saddened by his passing. My condolences to the family.
Jan 09, 2019
Marie Johnson
Jan 09, 2019
My sincere sympathy to Jimmy ‘s. family. I grew up in Amherst as well. and knew Jimmy in our younger years. He had a good sense of humor back then also. Nice guy.
F. Louis
Jan 09, 2019
My condolences goes out to you and your family over the loss of your love one. Times like these can bring great “anxiety”. May you receive strength from the God who promise to “fortify you...and help you” in your time of need.- Psalm 55:22; Isaiah 41:10. JW.org