James "Jim" Dennis Herlihy, 59, passed away on July 14, 2017, in Tulsa, surrounded by loving family members. Jim was born in Enid, Oklahoma, on August 29, 1957, to Mary Provaznik Herlihy and Robert Moran Herlihy, M.D. who preceded him in death.
Jim graduated from Enid High School in 1975. He was a tremendous athlete, playing football and excelling in track.
During his senior year, he set records in the 880-yard run and the mile run and was the Regional Champion and State Champion in both events. He exemplified intestinal fortitude with his strength and endurance.
Jim attended the University of Oklahoma and was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He enjoyed campus life, spending time with his Beta brothers and was an avid Sooner fan. Boomer!
Family was very important to Jim. He was the eighth of eleven siblings and was treasured by all for his unconditional love.
He always was interested in the activities of his brothers and sisters, their spouses, and his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. They were the light of his life.
Jim could melt your heart with his enthusiastic, joyful welcome when you visited him. Jim didn't know a stranger. His friendly, outgoing personality and genuine interest in others won everyone's affection.
Jim is survived by nine siblings: Robert (Vicki) Herlihy of Overland Park, Kan., Mary Pat (Doug) Abele of Boonville, Mo., Bill Herlihy, MD, of Dallas, Texas, Dick Herlihy, MD, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Joan (Tony) Stracquadanio of Healdsburg, Calif., Rita (Randy) Ratcliffe of Norman, Okla., Carol (David) Poarch of Tulsa, Okla., Ann (Jeff) Golumbuk of San Diego, Calif., Susan Herlihy of La Mesa, Calif., sister-in-law Patti Herlihy of Seattle, Wash., 22 nieces and nephews, and eleven grandnieces and grandnephews.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, John Herlihy, MD, of Rapid City, S.D., and his sister-in-law, Julie Herlihy, of Dallas, Texas.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Home in Oklahoma City, Okla.
A Visitation and Rosary will be held at the funeral home from 6:30 pm to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
A Catholic Mass celebrating Jim's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. Burial will follow the service at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City.
Members of Jim's family express their sincere gratitude for the loving care provided by the staff at Betty Ann Nursing Center in Grove, Okla., and the ICU team at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Life Share, 4705 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73132, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 3803 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be submitted to the family on-line at www.HahnCookFuneral.com.
Published on July 18, 2017