Michael O’Pake (1940-2010): Pennsylvania Senator

Posted on February 2, 2011 by


Hundreds of people gathered Monday, January 3rd, 2011, to celebrate the life and mourn the death of Senator Michael O’Pake.  O’Pake was the longest serving member in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He was born in Reading on February 2, 1940, and he graduated from Reading Central Catholic High School in the year 1957. He then attended St. Joseph’s University until 1961. Senator O’Pake graduated from Pennsylvania School of Law in 1964.

Michael O’Pake was reelected to senate a shocking nine times. In November, he was awarded the Shield of Loyola, an extremely prestigious honor. Senator O’Pake focused on serving children, families, the elderly, and the disabled. He spent his life serving others and helping people. He did a world of good for everyone.

There was rarely a public function in Berks County from which the Senator was absent, even among FASD events such as concerts and performances.  His absence will be sorely felt in the coming months.

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