2008-09-25 / Obituaries

Thomas P. O'Callaghan, 66

Thomas "Tom" Patrick O'Callaghan, 66, of Jamestown, died peacefully in his home on Sept. 22, 2008.

The youngest of six siblings who grew up in Newton, Mass., he was a renaissance man with eclectic tastes and

many talents. As a teenager at the Christian Brothers School in Boston, he excelled in sports and went to Brandeis University on a basketball scholarship. He was remembered by teammates as "small but feisty."

At Brandeis, Tom majored in history and comparative literature. After college he moved to New York, drove a cab at night, worked as a case worker and supervisor for the New York City Department of Welfare and attended law school at Fordham University, graduating in 1970.

He went on to work for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as deputy county attorney and chief of the Litigation Bureau of Westchester County.

Later, he moved to Maine and opened a bookstore called North Light Books.

Tom also sold antique and contemporary Oriental rugs. Returning to Rhode Island, Tom pursued his passion and opened a rug gallery in Newport. He also taught business law at NEIT and worked as a library assistant at the Jamestown library.

Tom's favorite pastimes were the quiet pursuits of golf, reading and amateur photography.

He is survived by his wife Allie; a brother, Edmund; a sister, Dorothea; his son, Christopher; three daughters, Kimberly, Seana and Katie; two grandsons and many nephews and nieces.

Donations can be sent to Partners in Health, 800 Boylston St., 47th Floor, Boston, MA 02199.

Flowers may be sent to St. Denis Church, 157 Washington St., Westwood, MA 02090.

Funeral services will be held at St. Denis Church on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m.

For guest book and condolences, visit averystortifuneralhome. com.

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