Tobias Robert O’Mara, war vet, design teacher

Tobias Robert O’Mara, a former resident of Ridgefield, died Dec. 29 at home surrounded by family. He was 89 years old and was also a longtime resident of New Canaan.

Born on Aug. 5, 1926, in the Bronx to Thomas and Annie O’Mara, he served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Fire Controlman (O) Third Class. He evacuated Japanese prisoner of war camps and was awarded the American Theater, Asiatic Pacific and Victory Medals of Honor.

A graduate of Pratt Institute of New York with a certificate in artistic design and a bachelor’s of fine arts, O’Mara worked for the design company of George Nelson. He later started his own design company and taught design at Cooper Union.

He enjoyed the visual arts, classical music and opera, and was a lifelong subscriber to The New York City Ballet.

He traveled extensively throughout Europe and was particularly fond of Paris.  He was a caregiver for many family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Thomas O’Mara and James O’Mara. He is survived by his sister, Anne (Nancy) Roche; his sister-in-law, Norah O’Mara; his nephew, Thomas (Kristin) O’Mara; his nieces, Patricia (Mark) Gallagher and Una (Steve) Murphy, and seven grandnieces and one grandnephew.

A funeral mass will be held at The Church of the Sacred Heart in Redding, on Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. A reception will be held following the Mass to celebrate his life.  Interment will be at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx N.Y. at the convenience of the family. —by the staff