Thomas Neill O’Hara, 76, of Mount Shasta passed away of natural causes at his home on January 16, 2020. Tom was born on December 12, 1943 in upstate New York, in a small town near the Adirondacks State Park. He first met his wife, Julie Bennett, in 1981 at the south fork of the Sacramento River in the old swimming hole. They reunited later, in 1994, and spent twenty-five years together.
He was a master in watercolors, oils, gouache, printmaking, and sculpture. Tom loved early American history which is evident in his paintings of the American West and Americana subjects.
He will be remembered for his contributions to the visual esthetics of the community and as proprietor of the Stage Door Coffeehouse and Cabaret. His desire to provide a family oriented venue for live music in our community led to the creation of “The Door”. He hosted many professional musicians traveling the I-5 corridor, as well as local musicians and student events.
Tom was an avid reader and loved to feed the birds on his studio deck. He adored his calico cats, Lucy Peepers and Miss Gabby.
Julie sends love and gratitude to Hospice and to so many family and true friends who came to visit Tom, brought nourishment, sent emails, cards, and made phone calls. Angels all. Special thanks to Jane Prestegard and Dick Eastman, and to Linda Siegel and John Aviani. Your love and support continue to provide compassion, understanding, and arms to hold me up.