Edmund Hugh Herlihy

Edmund Hugh Herlihy

August 10, 1946 - November 07, 2019
Mission Viejo CA

Edmund Hugh Herlihy

August 10, 1946 - November 07, 2019
Mission Viejo CA


Mission Viejo ” Edmund Hugh Herlihy passed away Thursday the 7th of November in Orange County, California.

Born in 1946 in Ireland, Ed was a true global citizen having visited over thirty countries since he left Dublin at the age of nineteen.  His career in the hospitality industry and love for adventure took him to Switzerland, France, Canada, Grenada, Australia, Czech Republic, and Bahrain where he helped open the Gulf Hotel in Manama in 1970.  It was during his time as General Manager at the Gulf Hotel that he met his wife of forty-seven years, Emma Herlihy.  His career eventually brought the family to sunny southern California, where they settled in Mission Viejo to support his kids swimming careers.  Organizing the visit of President Ronald Reagan to Grenada in 1986, coordinating the official visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Bahrain in 1979, and working as Vice President of The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California were some of the many career highlights of Ed Herlihy.

Ed had friends from around the world as he was fortunate to meet many wonderful people during his international travels.  They would all attest to his generosity, humor, and classic ‘gift of the gab’.

He is survived by his wife, Emma; children, Brendan Herlihy, Siobhan Herlihy Singh, and Edmund P Herlihy; four grandchildren, all of whom brought great joy to his life; and his brothers and sisters, Brendan Herlihy, Eleanor Cahill, Miriam Malone, and Conor Herlihy.

O’Connor Mortuary Service, has been entrusted with arrangements.


Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: November 25, 2019 (10:30 AM)
  • Venue: St. Kilian Catholic Church
  • Location: 26872 Estanciero Drive Mission Viejo, CA 92691 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 586-4440

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: November 25, 2019 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Ascension Cemetery
  • Location: 24754 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 837-1331

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33 responses to Edmund Hugh Herlihy

  1. We have so many wonderful memories of Emma and Ed. We met in 1973 in Bahrain and have so many stories that we have repeated over the years. By coincidence we moved to California at the same time 33 years ago and have continued to create many wonderful memories with children. He was great host and a really good sport , a really good person. He will be missed
    Our deepest sympathy to Emma and family.

  2. Fond.memories of our times in Bahrain. Our sincere sympathies and love to you all at this sad time.
    We are sorry you are so far away.

  3. So sorry to hear of Ed’s psssing. May you find peace and joy in his memory.

  4. Dear Emma and family,
    My Heart goes out to you all.
    I am grateful for the time I was able to get to know Mr. Herlihy both professionally and later personally.
    We had many memories, too many to mention, however Atlanta, The Premier league and how highly he always spoke of his family.
    He will be greatly missed.
    With Love,
    Robert Prevratil and Family

  5. Sending all our love and prayers from Ireland. We will cherish the wonderful memories. Thinking of you all.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

    Rosarii Sibeal Sorcha Cormac & Shannon Herlihy
    Dublin Ireland

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