Friends and family of longtime R’Club Executive Director Art O’Hara will remember the beloved social worker during a memorial service Saturday.
O’Hara passed away a month ago after suffering a heart attack.
His service is at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church at 1045 16th Street South in St. Petersburg at 2 p.m.
The church’s reverend, Clarence Williams, will begin the ceremony.
Several community leaders are expected to speak in O’Hara’s memory. Those include Congressman Charlie Crist, Sen. Darryl Rouson, Rep. Wengay Newton, Mayor Rick Kriseman, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers, Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael Grego, several co-workers from R’Club and leaders of juvenile welfare groups.
Friends established the Art O’Hara Memorial Fund to pay for renovations at the Happy Workers Learning Center in south St. Pete, a project O’Hara had been working on. In addition to completing renovations, the funds will also be used to support students at the school.
Envelopes will be provided during the ceremony to make donations to the fund.
O’Hara served as the head of the local R’Club for the last 18 years. He also led the Louise Graham Regeneration Center for the past 12 years, a nonprofit organization that provides employment opportunities to disabled adults through recycling and sales of recycled paper products.
O’Hara also served as past president of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, a political social group that meets monthly at luncheons presenting local, state and national political leaders and speakers.
After news of his death, local community leaders and elected officials flooded social media with fond remembrances of O’Hara. Most remembered his as a selfless community leader and child advocate who spent an entire career dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.