James Edward O'Meara Jr., founder of a commercial construction company and a World War II veteran, died Saturday of heart failure at his Glyndon home. He was 90.
The son of a masonry company owner and a homemaker, Mr. O'Meara was born in Baltimore and raised in Cedarcroft.
He was a 1940 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, and during World War II he enlisted in the Army and served as a combat engineer in the Philippines and Biak Island, building airstrips. After the war ended in 1945, Mr. O'Meara returned to Baltimore, and studied architectural drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art, from which he graduated in 1948.
In 1952, Mr. O'Meara founded O'Meara Construction Co. on Washington Avenue in Towson. Mr. O'Meara's firm built numerous Rusty Scupper, Wendy's, Burger King and Gino's restaurants throughout Maryland and Washington. Some other clients included Baltimore Aircoil and Eline Funeral Home.
He was awarded the Craftsman Award from the Baltimore Congress and Exchange for his work at the Inner Harbor.
Mr. O'Meara was a past president of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce.
He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption.
Mr. O'Meara was a fan of the old Baltimore Colts and the Ravens. He enjoyed playing the bass and guitar.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon.
Surviving are his wife of 70 years, the former Mary Hartman; four sons, Kevin J. O'Meara and Daniel J. O'Meara, both of Glyndon, James P. O'Meara of Finksburg and Michael E. O'Meara of Westminster; four daughters, Kathleen O'Meara Farley of Homeland, Theresa Ann Prevosto of Hampstead, Susan Marie Wroe of Glyndon and Mary Bridget Witt of Westminster; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
An earlier version of this article failed to name one of James O'Meara Jr.'s daughters. The Sun regrets the omission.