ILION/MOHAWK – Mr. John C. O’Day, age 96, a lifelong Mohawk Valley resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, January 11, 2022, with the love and support of his family at his side. His passing occurred at Valley Health Services in Herkimer where he has been a resident for the past few years.
Born in Malone, NY on December 3, 1925, John was the son of the late Thomas J. and Rose Anna (Menard) O’Day. He was raised and educated in Herkimer, attending St. Francis, Herkimer High School and then MVCC.
On November 26, 1943, John enlisted with the United States Army and proudly served his country overseas during World War II. He received his honorable discharge on June 9, 1946 and remained an ardent patriot throughout his days. He was a life member of the Crowley-Barnum American Legion Post 25 in Mohawk.
On July 7, 1947, John celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage with the former Joan T. Mooney when the two were wed at Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk. Together they shared in a loving and devoted union of 65 years with 20 years spent in Florida until Joan’s passing on October 19, 2012. A piece of John’s heart went with Joan when she passed and his family takes comfort that the two are now reunited in Heaven.
John’s career was spent with General Electric in Utica where he retired as an Engineering Specialist.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Roseann and David Olbrich of Concord, NC and Kathleen and Gary Tucker of Ilion; his son, Daniel Patrick O’Day of Herkimer; his daughter in law Joan O'Day, wife of the late Christopher O'Day, of Canastota, NY Dawn O'Day wife of the late Thomas Willimas O'Day of Baldwinsville, NY, and Wanwiamone wife of the late John Michael O'Day of Milton Florida; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a dear friend, William “Bill” Lehmann.
Aside from his parents and beloved wife, Joan, John was predeceased by three sons, Thomas O’Day, John Michael O’Day and Christopher O’Day; two sisters, Marion Russell and Ida Crunick; and a brother, Harold O’Day.
John’s funeral service and Celebration of Life will take place in the Spring of 2022 at a date and time to be announced.
The O’Day family has entrusted the care of their beloved father to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com.