April 20, 1954 - Dec. 23, 2017
Robert "Bob" Gerard O'Beirne, 63, of Waco, Texas, passed away on December 23, 2017. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 29, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 9820 Chapel Rd, Woodway TX 76712. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a Rosary Vigil to be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 28, in the Chapel at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd, Waco 76710.
Bob was born on April 20, 1954, in Jamaica, Queens, New York, to Robert Pond and Mary Ann O'Beirne. He spent most of his early years in El Paso, Texas, where he graduated from Eastwood High School in 1972. He attended Baylor University in Waco, where he was active within the Kappa Nu and Kappa Sigma Fraternities. Bob graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1976 and his M.B.A. in 1978.
After his time at Baylor, Bob spent approximately 39 years with Olmsted-Kirk Paper Co. in Waco, as Vice President and General Manager. In Waco, he married Martha McConnell, his cherished wife of almost 36 years. He was active in numerous organizations, civic affairs, and community activities within the cities of Waco and Woodway. He served on the Board of Directors and as President of both the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute and the Rotary Club of Waco. Bob enjoyed umpiring high school baseball and served as a board member and head coach within the La Vega and Midway Little League organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and active in numerous ministries as a founding member of St. Jerome Catholic Church. He was an avid Baylor Bear fan and loved his family dearly.
Bob is preceded in death by his father, Robert Pond O'Beirne; brothers, Robert Charles and William Francis O'Beirne; and sisters, Virginia O'Beirne and Mary Maggard.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Martha; daughter, Ashley O'Beirne Mejia and husband, Vince; son, Robert O'Beirne, Jr., and wife, Ashley; son, Stephen O'Beirne and fiancé, Rachel Urbanczyk; daughter, Kelly O'Beirne; and grandchildren, Madison and Vincent Mejia. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Ann O'Beirne; brothers, Patrick, John, Peter, Edward, and Colin O'Beirne; sisters, Carolyn O'Beirne and Jeanne Soucy; and mother-in-law, Ophelia McConnell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to support The Choice Wine and That Man is You! programs, hosted by Paradisus Dei (http://paradisusdei.org) and St. Jerome Catholic Church (https://stjeromewaco.org).
The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at our website, www.WHBfamily.com.