James M. O’Hare of Newtonville died Nov. 20, six years after receiving the gift of a lung transplant. He was 79. Jim was born in Lowell to Thomas and Anna (Bradley) O’Hare. After graduating from Lowell High in 1959 he went on to study at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating in 1963.

After graduation he worked briefly in Connecticut before starting his career in real estate in Boston. He began his work in residential real estate and sales before transitioning to residential development. Before retiring, he led a number of Boston area commercial real estate projects at Vazza Associates.

Jim met his wife Claudia when he rented her first apartment to her. They started their life together in Boston and lived in Hingham before settling in Duxbury to raise their family. Together they enjoyed travel, spending time with their families, and relaxing at their summer home on Martha’s Vineyard.

He was an enthusiastic fan of music, and particularly enjoyed live music events featuring blues, rock and soul.

After Claudia died, Jim met Anne Serafin, his next life partner, and embraced her extended family. They enjoyed many wonderful years together pursuing shared interests in literature and travel and ushering frequently for plays at local theaters.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his sister Dawn. He is survived by his son Michael and his wife Alison of Duxbury, son James and his wife Cheryl of Falmouth; grandchildren Thomas and Grace of Duxbury of whom he was extremely proud; his partner Anne; sisters Linda and Gail; brother Thomas; sister in law Jaquelyn and many family and friends who will miss his caring and kind nature.

To remember Jim, please consider becoming an organ donor.

Services will be private.