James Hogan Sealey
(photo credit: Jon Pearson, QLI)
VISITATION: Monday, October 10, 2022, 10:00AM, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 11:30AM, all at St. John Catholic Church, 2500 California St.
In lieu of flowers, gifts to Jesuit Academy (Omaha), Food Bank for the Heartland, charity of choice or an act of kindness is appreciated.
Jim’s brief biography: Born on December 20, 1965, Jim/Jamie/James attended Christ the King grade school and then Creighton Prep (1984) before attending UNL to study journalism. In all those years, Jim nurtured friendships which have endured.
After graduating from UNL, Jim worked full time with Nebraska Book Company in Lincoln which frequently took him to colleges and universities across the country.
In 1992, Jim joined Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Minneapolis and worked full time with the homeless community through Catholic Charities. He often spent time after hours and weekends visiting homeless friends in various encampments in the city. After a year with JVC, Jim continued with Catholic Charities in a staff position.
In early 1995, Jim’s dad (also named Jim) died, and he soon moved to Omaha to assist his mom, Dorothy, for 17 years. During that time, he also opened and operated “Hogan’s Books”, a used bookstore in the Old Market area. Over time, more of his sales moved to on-line so he moved his collection to his home in the Elmwood Park neighborhood and continued the business. He took up wood working in earnest (custom bookshelves, tables, and benches crafted with painted wood, inlaid pieces with geometric designs).
When Jim’s mom later moved to Milwaukee to spend her remaining years nearby Jim’s only and older brother John and his family, Jim frequently took the eight-hour drive to visit.
In January 2015, Jim contracted a virulent form of pneumonia. This caused an anoxic brain injury that landed him in the ICU. For the next six plus years Jim lived either in full-care facilities or with in-home care before his final fifteen months in hospice care. Through it all, Jim’s memory, personality, presence, and spirit were all intact. He was ever grateful to his caregivers and reflected how blessed he was even in his final days.
Jim’s hobbies and pastimes included poetry, rummaging for books to sell or collect, golf, music (mostly jazz, folk and alternative rock), art and design, and working for various causes in the pursuit of social justice.
His passing was peaceful and his soul is at rest.