Somehow I missed this until this morning; Bob O’Shaughnessy died this past weekend.

Robert Emmet “Bob” O’Shaughnessy Jr., who carried on his family’s funeral-home business and was renowned as a behind-the-scenes political adviser, has died.

O’Shaughnessy, 62, learned only two weeks ago that he had cancer.

After his release from the hospital, he carried an oxygen tank to attend his final Columbus Crew game last Sunday, said his son, Robert Francis O’Shaughnessy.

An avid Crew fan, O’Shaughnessy played club soccer when he was at the University of Notre Dame.

O’Shaughnessy served as a treasurer on a number of Democratic political campaigns including that of his father, who was a state senator, and his sister, Maryellen, a Columbus city councilwoman.

Outside of the family, O’Shaughnessy worked on the campaigns of Councilman Andrew Ginther, when he was running for the Columbus school board; Anthony Celebrezze Jr. for governor; and the late Bill Moss, a longtime Columbus school board member.

I didn’t know him, but I think I would have liked him.

 

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