Scholarship in memory of Lowell man

PARKERSBURG — A permanent scholarship fund in the memory of a man who died from lung cancer has been established at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

Dennis O’Callaghan, of Lowell, passed away August 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, the son of immigrant parents.

O’Callaghan, who had a high work ethic, was the progenitor of several business during his lifetime, beginning in his teens. In 1991, he started Gaskets, Packings and Seals in Parkersburg with his business partner, Tom Houck. The company served local chemical and power plants.

The company had more than a dozen employees at the time of his death.

“Dennis was also a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother,” said his wife, Tammy O’Callaghan. “He had tough standards for those who worked for him and for those who lived with him, but his great love and loyalty to both made everyone want to live up to his high standards.”

To honor O’Callaghan’s entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic, his family established the Dennis M. O’Callaghan Memorial Scholarship with the community foundation. The fund will forever provide scholarship support to graduating senior students residing in Washington or Wood counties.

Recipients of this scholarship shall be selected on the basis of character, academic performance, work ethic and community involvement. Preference shall be given to a qualified homeschool student.

If there is not a qualified homeschool student, then a graduating high school senior with a grade point average between 3.0-3.5 on a 4.0 scale shall be considered.

Donations can be made to the Dennis M. O’Callaghan Memorial Scholarship by mailing a check payable to the foundation with fund name on memo line to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762, or donate online at www.pacfwv.com/Donate-Now. Other forms of donations may be made by calling the foundation’s at 304 428-4438.

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Donations can be made to the Dennis M. O’Callaghan Memorial Scholarship by mailing a check payable to the foundation with fund name on memo line to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762, or donate online at www.pacfwv.com/Donate-Now. Other forms of donations may be made by calling the foundation’s at 304 428-4438.

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