Friday, March 23, 2012

Pete O'Kane Obituary

On Friday, March 9, Pete O'Kane, who was in excellent health, suffered a sudden major hemorrhagic stroke at home in Hobe Sound, Florida. He passed away at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, Florida on Tuesday evening, March 20. He was 84.

Pete was one of those lucky enough to spend his youth as a year-round resident of Strathmere. He attended grade school at the Ocean City Central Avenue School (now the jail), the same building where his mother attended high school. Pete was a 1945 graduate of Ocean City High School. He received an appointment to the Naval Academy and graduated from Annapolis with the Class of 1951. He served as gunnery officer on a destroyer supporting ground troops during the Korean War.
Following his military service, he worked in General Electric's defense division in Massachusetts, Vermont, California, and Virginia, among other places.

He was married to Anne (Curran) for 58 years, with whom he had five children and eight grandchildren.
Pete was the oldest of the McCullough grandchildren, and always had a love of Strathmere. He donated many pictures of early Strathmere to the Strathmere website.

In recent years, Pete was able to reconnect with Cornelia Buerklin, whom he had first met in Strathmere over 65 years ago. They had several years of much happiness in Florida and Strathmere.
In 2011, Pete fulfilled a lifelong dream of once again spending an entire summer in Strathmere. He had planned to repeat that in 2012.
Pete will be sorely missed...
Here is his obituary in the Stuart, Florida News:

Young Pete with a beached whale in Strathmere, around 1930

Pete in front of his grandparent's real estate office in Strathmere, 1930.

Pete in front of the 'Indian Rocks' house which collapsed on the beach at Sherman in the late 1930s.

Pete with his mother Delphine and stepfather Frank Quinn, in front of their Strathmere home.

Pete and his prom date Betty Collins in the 1940s

Pete is 6th from the left in this 1946 Sea Isle City Beach Patrol photo.

The Strathmere Improvement Association

Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Dorothy Addario
Ken Weaver

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