Obituary of Michael Paul O'Hearn
Michael Paul O’Hearn passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and children by his side Wednesday, January 10, 2024 after a long battle with cancer. Mike 62 years old was proud to say “born in Somerville.” He was the youngest of 10 children born to Robert and Nora O’Hearn. Mike was raised there and graduated Somerville Technical Trade High School. He remained there until he and his wife moved to Billerica in 1991. Mike always had an eye for color and made it his career. Working for Johnson Paint Company and running his own business, M.P. O’Hearn Painting and Decorating, working up until the spring of 2021.
Mike lived life to the fullest. When he was younger, he filled his time playing many sports, including hockey, football, softball and running cross country at one point. Music has always been a passion of his. He attended many concerts. Throughout the years, he loved introducing new music to his family and friends. If Mike was nearby, you would always hear music playing. While raising his family in Billerica, Mike embraced the community and that is where so many friendships were made. Mike enjoyed his annual golf trip, being involved in Pop Warner and Little League always lending a hand to make the field look good and do the “tighten up.” He enjoyed many clubs, member of the K of C, one of the original founders of the Bad Dads Club, the 420 Club, The Breakfast Club, where he would join his friends every morning for coffee. Member of the Chain Gang, but most special to his heart was The Great Eight Club. He loved surrounding himself around family and friends and that is why he created the Basswood Pub. He and his wife would host holidays, sports games, fires and every Super Bowl, where family and friends including their children’s friends always felt welcome to show up anytime. If you knew Mike at all, I guarantee you were there at least once or twice.
Mike and his wife, Carol had a very special bond always watching out for each other. Their sense of humor is what got them through these tough times, being inseparable these past few years. Mike was proud of Carol running her own business with the daycare. Mike’s greatest accomplishment and he was the most proud of, was his two beautiful children. He attended all their events, never missing anything. He was able to give any stat that either one of them had ever achieved. His face would light up every time they were entering the room. Mike loved the ocean and the beach, his passion came from his memories with his mom and family at Hampton Beach. He carried that on as he and Carol continued family vacations at Hampton Beach, Old Orchard and Ocean Park. Another very special event was their annual camping trip with their family to Cold Springs campground every Labor Day with more than 25 family members each time. As he was home more the past few years he picked up his sketchpad and pencil and started drawing again. Mike worked hard to fulfill one last promise to Carol by taking her back to Aruba this past October. With the help of some great friends, he had one last swim in the ocean. He was truly a remarkable man and always had a smile on his face.
Mike never complained and remained positive all the way through his journey. His quick wit and sense of humor will always be remembered. His positive attitude and strength was amazing. He will be sadly missed, but his memory and epic stories will hold a special place in all hearts he touched. Mike and Carol are forever grateful for family, friends and all the Billerica peeps for their love and support they have shown, especially the past 2.5 years. Whether you called him Mike, Dad, Uncle Mike, kiddo, Big Guy, Big Mike, Papa, Male, Tubby 2 or HB you were lucky to have had him touch a piece of your heart.
Mike was the beloved husband of Carol (Valente) O’Hearn. He was the proud father of Michael R O’Hearn of Billerica and Kerin S O’Hearn of Burlington. He was the brother of Robert O’Hearn of AZ, Mary Stackpole of Somerville, Mark O’Hearn of Woburn, John and his wife Barbara O’Hearn of Tewksbury and the late Ruth Hardy, Anne Collins, Jean, Margaret, and Paul O’Hearn. He was a special uncle/big brother to John, Bob and Barbie O’Hearn. Lifelong friends of Jim Deveraux and Lenny Demopoulas. He was also survived by many brother and sister-in-law‘s nieces, nephews and friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington on Saturday, January 20 from 12-3pm. There will be a funeral service at the funeral home starting at 3pm, followed by a Celebration of Life for Mike at the Billerica Elks, 14 Webb Brook Rd. Billerica from 4-8pm.
Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, 3 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.
For online guestbook and video tributes see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050