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Bolivar "Bolly" O'Rear, Jr.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

2:30 PM

Arlington Memorial Park

Arlington Memorial Park


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    Bolivar B. O’Rear, Jr, at the age of 89, passed away May 30, 2018. Funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 2:30 pm in the Pavilion at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, GA. Family and friends visitation to precede the service in the Pavilion from 1:30 to 2:30. Fischer Funeral Care as well as Arlington Memorial Park handling arrangements.* *In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in the name of Bolivar B. O’Rear, Jr. to the American Cancer Society or cancer foundation of your choice. Funeral service contact information for directions to service and details are: Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Hwy NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, Website:, phone 404.255.0750, Coordinator: Felicia. Fischer Funeral Care, Chamblee, GA, Website:, phone 678.514.1000. There will also be a Celebration of Bolly’s Life Memorial in mid to late summer in greater ATL: date, time and place to be determined and will be announced through social media in the near future. All friends and family near and far will be welcome to attend. Bolly, as he was known to all, was born June 7, 1928 in Washington DC where he lived with his parents, Bolivar, Sr and Helen, his younger brother, David, and next door to his Uncle Randy and Aunt Irene with his cousins, Rannie and Martin. The four boys were more like brothers as a result. Bolly is the last of the four to go to his eternal rest. Living throughout the US plus extensive domestic and international travel during Bolly’s youth into young adulthood had a positive impact on his formation by giving him an open outlook of the world around him and a great appreciation of all of God’s creation. As a young man born to serve, and what added to his travels, Bolly took part in international mission trips through his church then joined the Army when our country was in need. Bolly was a veteran of the Korean War. His travels took a lengthy hiatus during his working years, but resumed upon his retirement. Two most memorable for him in his golden years being his hiking tour of Ireland with a buddy and the cross country RV trip with Prudy that went all the way into Canada. Upon the end of his military commitment in his early 20’s, Bolly completed his undergraduate degree at Linfield College in Oregon and became a journalist. His first big journalist position was as a reporter with the New York Times where he fine tuned his craft. Moving on from NY, taking the position of Managing Editor at the Herald Tribune in FL, Bolly made the first of several life changing choices. And Bolly loved his job. He was a newspaperman through and through. He relished being “in the thick of it” reporting on events; local, domestic or from all over the world. The stories he could tell; one of the most notable, since we lived so close to the trauma at the time, was the Cuban Missile Crisis. Just think back over the historical events; joyous, dramatic and tragic, of the last 70 years, the time of Bolly’s adulthood, to know there really wasn’t a moment in time that Bolly couldn’t provide you with a story. If something big was happening, Bolly was either already at his office or headed in after hours if needed, to do what was necessary to get the news out. He thrived on it. Early on during his years in FL, Bolly met and married the first love of his life, Gladys, another life changing choice. They had four children in boy girl boy girl order. After about 10 years of marriage and life in FL, Bolly made the life choice to relocate his family to Atlanta, GA, to take an editor position at the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. The move to GA set the destinies in motion for his four children, all of whom met the loves of their lives in GA. Bolly worked out his days till his retirement in his 70’s at the Journal. After another 15 years of marriage to Gladys in GA, Bolly lost his first love to cancer. But God smiled on Bolly. Not long after that tragedy in his life, God gifted him with the second love of his life, Prudy. Another life choice to marry again, and he was happily married for nearly 36 years, right up until his death. Prudy entered the marriage with three girls of her own, her youngest just seven years old. With equal sincerity, warmth, affection and love as Bolly’s first time around, Bolly embraced his role of husband and father of three more daughters with gusto. To Bolly, he was simply adding to his ever growing family. And it did continue to grow. Besides being a father to 7 children and stepchildren, he was a grandfather to 17 grandchildren and great grandfather to 4 great grandchildren. God willing, his family will continue to grow and be influenced by stories of Bolly. Bolly was both a dog and cat man, having many of both throughout his lifetime. But easily his favorite furry family member is the one he leaves behind, his precious little dog, Jack. Though that little rascal might take a nip out of a visitor, he brought Bolly nothing but joy and companionship. He loved that little guy. Bolly delighted in everywhere he went and in everyone he met. He could find joy in the simplest of things and places, and basically never met a stranger. From bringing home a homeless man he met while running an errand to share our holiday meal to spending time with his “kids” to sitting on the dock in NC with a buddy to making a friend in line at the bank to relaxing over an intimate meal with his wife, Bolly enjoyed every aspect of his life and appreciated the gift of every moment of it. A good, strong, compassionate Christian man, Bolly’s values, which he imparted to all of his children, were God, wife & family, country, and career, in that order. Everything else should follow after. Those were his values he lived by and the ones everyone knew him by. It was through his example of how to live a good life that those values have been passed along to those of us fortunate enough to call him Dad, Granddad and Great Granddad. At the age of 89, Bolly peacefully went to join God and his loved ones that preceded him to heaven, on May 30, 2018 after coping with the effects of multiple strokes over the last few years. Though his physical presence has left, his spiritual presence will live on through his loved ones he leaves behind who will always love and miss him. Bolly was preceded in death by his parents Bolivar Sr. and Helen, his brother David (& Carole), his first wife Gladys, and his stepdaughter, Allison Brooke. Bolly leaves behind his wife Prudy, his children & step children Shaun (& Robin), Melissa (& Jack), Jamie (& Leslie), Maureen (& Rob), Paige (& John), and Courtenay (& Thom), as well as 17 grandchildren and step grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

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    The Fischer Family
    The Fischer Family would like to extend their sincere condolences and sympathies during this difficult time.
    Sheri Taylor-EmeryJun 11 2018 07:32 am
    What a joy in my own life to have crossed paths, no matter how briefly, with such a great, humble and beloved man. Sending along thoughts of love and comfort.
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