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  • In lieu of flowers in Jim's honor, donations will be used to support Adam in his future and education to come.
  • Scholarship for Adam

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“Words don't say enough at a time like this. He was one of the good ones. ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Chris Hatton - Havertown, PA

“Dear Rachel and Family,I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I just heard from an alum, and wanted to express my deepest condolences.I had the...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Santo D. Marabella - Fleetwood, PA

“Dear Rachel,Adam,and Family Jim was a wonderful husband father,son,sibling,nephew,and friend. He had a great personality,was so thoughtful and...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Judith and Steve Greenberg - FL

“My deepest condelences to his family. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Pat Byrnes - Auburndale, NY

“My deepest sympathies to the O'Rourke family. I was lucky enough to work with Jim for several years and he was a brilliant, kind and hard working...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Bonnie Heller - New York, NY

“Sending my deepest sympathies to James's family. James was a wonderful colleague, always full of insights and compassion. He will be missed so very...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Eva Schicker - Brooklyn, NY

“Dear Meaghan and Family,My deepest condolences on the passing of your brother James. I read the beautiful tribute written in his honor and it is...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Rose Mastellone - NEW YORK, NY

“With deepest sympathy,we send condolences. Jim now has the joy of being with Our Lord,Our God and Our Spirit,as he joins his mom and all our dear...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Kathleen Carew Smith - Annandale, VA

“Deepest condolences. We will always remember Jim for his humanity and his exceptional professionalism. Our thoughts and prayers with the family. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Anna Sandler - Brooklyn, NY

“Meaghan, though painful, heart wrenching right now, know that the comfort of our Lord will sustain you and the family; and, the love and caring ways...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Dawnet Beverley - Palo Alto, CA

“Rest in peace Jim. The great impact that you've had on those of us who had the honor to know you, to work by by your side, and to call you a friend...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Matt Funt - New York, NY - Friend

“I went to Moravian with Jim and although we were not close I do remember him as just being so friendly to everyone. I just heard of his passing...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Susan (Kastle) Hardy - PA

“Such sad news about a really great human. I had the opportunity to work with him at HAVAS. The Lord works in mysterious ways. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Peter Villucci - Souderton, PA

“Rachel, words cannot express how we feel at this moment for you and Adam and the rest of the family. JO was an amazing colleague and a good hearted...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Sabrina McGuigan - Clifton, NJ


15 of 21 | Posted by: Nathanael Holley - New York, NY

“I will always remember Jim's infectious smile, his boundless energy, and the impact that he had on everyone around him. We were fortunate to have had...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Jim Walker - Hackettstown, NJ

“Jim was always willing to do anything for anyone. He will be missed. Went to Moravain with Jim and lived next door in dorms. Salt of the Earth type...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Jon Marketto - Grasonville, MD

“Jim was always willing to do anything for anyone. He will be missed. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Jon Marketto - Grasonville, MD

“Rachel - My condolences to you and the entire family. My prayers will be with you and your beautiful son .Best -Tommy Knight ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Tommy Knight - NY, NY - Coworker

“Shedding tears for you and your family right now. We will all be playing together again on the other side. Coach Hoffman ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Ron Hoffman - Bethlehem, PA

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to the family during this time. I went to the same high school as he did and am friends with his...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Carla Bissi - Park ridge, NJ


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James Vincent O'Rourke passed peacefully on the evening of Wednesday, September 18, 2019, after a heroic and valiant 3 year cancer battle, at the age of 41. Jim's physical and mental fortitude were extraordinary throughout his entire life, and most notably throughout the years following his diagnosis.

Jim, who stood at an impressive 6 foot 5 inches tall, was a larger than life physical presence. An elite athlete, Jim competed at Moravian College as a high jumper and basketball player. He continued to play basketball for many years in NYC. Jim would spend as much time as possible traveling, most often on the ski slopes, and was a fearless and accomplished backcountry skier.

His physical presence was rivaled only by the depth of his character and the size of his heart. Jim's innate kindness and integrity were reflected in everything he did, and by the sheer number of people who called Jim a friend. His positivity was palpable- he was an inspiration to all who knew him. Jim was a true gentleman, selfless in all regards, quick witted and charismatic.

Jim had an accomplished 20 year career as an esteemed advertising executive, most recently at Havas Life and Health4Brands, where he was an engaging, intelligent, and compassionate leader. During this time, he lived and worked in Manhattan (and most recently Brooklyn), where he truly felt at home.

Most notably though, Jim was a devoted husband to Rachel, who unwaveringly stood by his side, and a proud and loving father to their beautiful, almost 2 year old son, Adam Seamus. The love that was shared between Rachel and Jim was beyond measure.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Rachel, his son Adam, his father, Vincent O'Rourke, sisters Meaghan (and Tim) Miller and Kathleen (and Ed) Eighmey. Jim's four nephews, Colin Miller, Patrick Miller, Jack Miller and Edward Eighmey, will forever hold their Uncle Jimmy in their hearts. Jim is predeceased by his mother, Margaret Byrne O'Rourke. Jim's extended O'Rourke/Byrne and Menick/Barreto families will all miss him dearly.

Visitation will be held at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home,199 Bleecker Street, Manhattan, Sunday, September 22nd from 2-5pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, September 23rd at 10:30am at The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, at Mott Street between Prince and Houston Streets, Manhattan. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers in Jim's honor, donations will be used to support Adam in his future and education to come. Donations can be made here (https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-jim-o039rourke-scholarship-for-adam)