John O'Rourke

October 10, 1936August 21, 2011

John O’Rourke, 74, longtime resident of Jacksonville, passed away August 21, 2011. He was born in Cumberland, Maryland, son of the late Hugh Michael and Kathleen (Cunningham) O’Rourke. John joined the Marine Corps after graduating from LaSalle High school and saw action in Vietnam where he earned a purple heart.

He married Margie Hancock and they have three children. His favorite times were traveling with his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved children and his community and spent many years coaching soccer in Irmo, SC.

John spent much of his working life as an advocate for Disabled Veterans through his work at the V.A. and the V.F.W.

John is predeceased by a brother, James T. O’Rourke along with his wife Rose and sister, Anne Breaux along with her husband Joe, brother Joseph O’Rourke.

Surviving are his loving wife, Margie, sons, David Allen O’Rourke, Hugh Michael (Tena) O’Rourke and daughter, Bridget (Gary) Pudimat, 2 grandchildren, Jordan and Nolan, brother, Bob (Pat) O’Rourke, sisters, Jean (Bill) Eady, S. Rita O’Rourke SSND, Mary Keller and numerous other relatives and dear friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 26, from 6 – 8 pm at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4115 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL. 32207. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 2:00 pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 6320 Bennett Road, Jacksonville, FL.32216. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, time and date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Diabetes Association.


  • Visitation Friday, August 26, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Ormsby Family

September 2, 2011

Please find peace and rejoice that you father is no longer having to live with any pain or suffering. As the days and weeks pass and you return to life's routine, I pray you will continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. We are thinking of you during this time of sorrow.

The Sohacki Family

August 29, 2011

May you find comfort in knowing that your Dad is at peace and you will see him again. God bless you and your family at this difficult time.

August 28, 2011

Teresitz Lewis

August 27, 2011

May God Be With You...My Condolences to the O'Rourke Family.

Dave's Friend and Student.

Bashawn Lewis
New Jersey


August 27, 2011

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Maggie Bowden

August 26, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Beverley Duncan

August 26, 2011

Margie/Bridget/boys: I was shocked to see your Dad's obit in yesterday's paper and had no idea you were living in JAX my home town. I would have loved to have kept touch with him as he was my favorite boss and he was also my friend. He was a true friend to veterans and a master at cutting red tape. When he left VA in Columbia, SC they lost their best friend at the facility. I remember his stories about the family and also your sending me a picture you had colored to "remind" me it was Christmas Bridget. Margie, he said you were a true angel and he loved you so much. I retired in 2006 after a stroke and live in senior housing now. Would love to see you and wish I could go to viewing but do not drive now. I know heaven will be merrier with him there. Beverley Duncan, P.O. Box 37571, JAX, FL 32236

Jerry and Maria Stewart

August 26, 2011

Bridget, Gary and Margie. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with and the entire family.

Norman Messman

August 25, 2011

My sincere condolences to the family of John "Salty" O'Rourke. I remember him from Cumberland, Maryland and found him to be a gentleman in all ways. I'm sure he will be missed by all who know him. May the Lord welcome him into his house and love him.

Tammy Ariola

August 25, 2011

Thinking of you all at this time of loss.
David and Tammy Ariola