James Michael O’Rourke

James Michael O’Rourke

October 22, 1951 - March 19, 2016

James Michael O’Rourke

October 22, 1951 - March 19, 2016


Mr. James Michael O’Rourke, age 64, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away at his residence on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Michael was born on October 22, 1951 in Clarion, Pennsylvania to James K. O’Rourke and Marthina Sexton O’Rourke. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy and his time there became one of the defining moments of his life. There he made life long friends and his character was formed. He went on to graduate from Ohio State University – Ashtabula. He spent a lifetime in the sales field, representing several different products and services throughout the years.

Michael is survived by his sister: Patricia (Jeff) Taylor of Collierville, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents: James K. and Marthina Sexton O’Rourke.

The family will celebrate Michael’s life at a later date.

Cremation Society of Tennessee is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.cremationsocietyoftn.com.

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2 responses to James Michael O’Rourke

  1. I would like Mike’s family to know that I deeply appreciated knowing Mike throughout my whole life. We were in several classes together through the years and he also made a connection with my Dad, George Haddad, when he would come in and play the piano for the class. Mike came to be known as Tchiakovsky! In more recent years, my Dad, my husband George and I were in Charleston for a family wedding when Mike was living there, and Mike showed us all around the area from plantations to the memorable Angel Oak. He was so kind and generous. It was so good to see him at the last reunion. Mike will be missed. Fondly, Connie Haddad Frecker

  2. Keri Baehr says:

    Patty, I’m so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. I just saw it in the UA Alumni Newsletter. Last I had known, he was living in Tucson. He came up to Phoenix (where I live) to celebrate a Thanksgiving with me, my Mother and Ken (her husband). That was a while ago and the last time I saw Mike. Please accept my sympathies. I hope you are doing well. It has been such a long, long time since I’ve seen you. Keri Baehr

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