James Cornelius O’Gara, age 84, of Riverdale, New York, died Monday Morning, January 30, 2017 at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center surrounded by his family. Born January 1, 1933, in Manhattan, New York, he was the son of the late Cornelius O’Gara and Catherine (Carr) O’Gara. Jim grew up on Willis Avenue in the Bronx and graduated from St. Jerome’s High School where he went on to serve in the United States Army at Fort Knox, Tennessee. After completing his service, Jim joined the New York City Police Department and retired after twenty years as a detective in the 26th precinct. While serving on the NYPD, he earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham University. After his retirement, he went on to serve as a criminal investigator and special agent for the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the Department of Agriculture Criminal Investigations Unit, and the Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (“ATF”). After completing thirteen years of government service he briefly served as a teacher in the New York City public school system. Jim was an avid reader and had a special love for the plays of Eugene O’Neill and also civil war history. He was also a lifelong Yankees fan. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Barbara O’Gara; his two sons; Gregory and Terence; daughter-in-law Michelle; 2 grandchildren, Kaylyn and Natalie; and sister Catherine. Jim was preceded by his sister Mary and brother John. Memorial services will be held from 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm, Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Riverdale-On-Hudson Funeral Home located at 6110 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471. A funeral mass will be held the following day, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9:45am at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church, 6000 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10471. Burial will follow at Calverton National Cemetery in Long Island, NY. Serving as pallbearers will be representatives from the New York City Police Department.