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Timothy J. O'Meara

July 23, 1947 May 11, 2018
Timothy J. O'Meara
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Timothy J. O’Meara answered his last call on May 11, 2018. Tim was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 1947 to the parents of Timothy P. O’Meara and June Bell O’Meara. He graduated from Prosser High School and proceeded to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle to be sworn in as a Chicago Police Officer on April 14, 1969. He was a patrolman in several police districts and earned numerous commendations and awards. He finished out his career of 41 years as a Detective in the Bomb & Arson Unit on July 23, 2010. Tim also worked for the Chicago film office. He met and made friends with a myriad of celebrities. He was a body guard for John Candy, John Hughes, Michael J. Fox, Mathew Broderick, Kelly McGillis, Patrick Swayze, Kevin Bacon and Jim Belushi, to name a few. He met and cajoled with Maureen O’Hara, John Larroquette, Ally Sheedy, McCaughley Culkin, Morgan Freeman, Paul Newman, John Bon Jovi (he called and asked who John “Bovi” was because all the girls were following), and many more. He was an unofficial consultant to Robert DeNiro for the filming of Backdraft. He became a member of the Screen Actors Guild and had a one line speaking part in “Only the Lonely” (he practiced it for days). He had an appearance in “She’s Having a Baby” and “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off”. He also was featured in a Bill Curtis TV documentary about one of his fatal arson cases. Tim was a fanatical sports fan of all the Chicago teams; however, his favorite athletes were his three sons. He tried to attend every game they played. He was a tough critic but he was there for their wins and stood by them when they lost. He marveled at his grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed them. They loved him for his patience, generosity and ability to relate to them. He is survived by his wife (Beverly), three sons Timothy (Sarrah), Sean (Georgia) and Patrick (Dori), grandchildren Brandon, Casey, Cory, Chloe, Braeden, Tessa, Savannah and Shay, siblings Dawn Spannraft (Tom), Kevin O’Meara (Colleen) and Mark O’Meara (Charlene). He was preceded in death by his father Timothy P. O’Meara and mother June Bell O’Meara. Tim did not just work as a police officer, it was who he was as a person – both on and off the clock. He made many loyal friends on the force. One always knew where they stood with Tim. He was courageous, empathetic, loyal and outrageous. He lost the love of his life when he had to leave the department at retirement age. To his friends and colleagues on the force, the family would like to thank you for your condolences and support. You meant the world to him and we know he will watch over you. His family will miss his wit, loyalty and unconditional love. May God take him to another city to serve and protect. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Chicago Police Department Memorial Fund (www.cpdmemorial.org and select the donation option) or the American Lung Society (www.American Lung Society – Convio and select the donation option). Memorial Visitation will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. until time of memorial service at 5:00 p.m. at Cumberland Chapels 8300 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge, IL 60706. For info call 708-456-8300.


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Memorial Visitation

Saturday

19

May

1:30 PM 5/19/2018 1:30:00 PM - 5:00 PM 5/19/2018 5:00:00 PM
Cumberland Chapels

8300 W. Lawrence Ave.
Norridge, IL 60706

Cumberland Chapels
8300 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge 60706 IL
United States

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Saturday

19

May

5:00 PM 5/19/2018 5:00:00 PM
Cumberland Chapels

8300 W. Lawrence Ave.
Norridge, IL 60706

Cumberland Chapels
8300 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge 60706 IL
United States
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