He was denied disability. He mowed the lawn in the decrepit trailer park in which he resided in exchange for rent. He slowly sold off everything of value to survive. Without money for health services, he could not afford the medications he needed. He ended up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in healthcare bills from his frequent hospitalizations and ER visits.
|James Dawson, aka Sean O"Dea,|
the Damn Irish Yankee
His birth name was James Whitley Dawson. He was known as Skipper to his immediate family, and to others he was known as John Davison or Sean Patrick O'Dea. He was born August 8, 1962 in Norfolk, VA. As a child he lived in North Carolina and Missouri. He was an Army veteran who had been stationed in South Korea and Germany. He was also a proud veteran of the French Foreign Legion. He loved all things military, and was active as a Civil War Union soldier re-enactor until he became to ill to participate. He was an avid builder of model military tanks and aircraft, and earned some money selling them online.
He is survived by two sons, Christopher Dawson, Boblingen, Germany and Liam O'Dea, McClusky, ND; a sister Lisa Motes of Alabama; two brothers, Joseph Dawson, Missouri, and Brandon Dawson, North Carolina.