AGE: 69 • Nanuet
John O’Hara passed away peacefully on September 1, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born in New York City on December 19, 1944 to Ellen (Kelly) and John O’Hara, John spent the early years of his life attending Good Shepherd School in the Inwood section of Manhattan where he made many of his lifelong friends. John graduated from Manhattan College in 1966 with a BS in Chemistry. He spent 40 plus years in the IT industry in sales and consulting. Most of that time was spent at IBM, as well as his own IT professional firm and American Catholic TV, of which he was most proud.
John married Mary Borger on August 3, 1968 and they became the proud parents of Eileen, Billy, Michael, Brian, Christopher and Marie. John devoted many years to local youth sports including the Nanuet Little League, Pop Warner Football, and Nanuet Black and Gold Club. He was recently active as a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Cancer Hope Network. He also enjoyed his membership in the Rockland Grasshopper Golf Club and the Knights of Columbus 4565.
John’s family was the center of his life. He was a devoted son, a loyal brother, a committed Dad and a loving husband, always lending support and understanding.
His cherished grandchildren, Matthew, John and Grace Olivieri, Vincent, Liam and Daniel O’Hara, Jack, Mairead, Ellen and Will O’Hara, Christopher, Kieran and Teagan O’Hara and Claire Calnon were his special gifts.
John will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, his quick wit, and his welcoming arms – to know him was to call him a friend. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. His never-ending strength and bravery shined through as he welcomed every day with his larger than life smile. He leaves behind a trail of positivity that will remain as an example for all those he touched.
John is survived by his loving wife, Mary, his children, Eileen and Jerome Olivieri of New City, William and Truly O’Hara of Goshen, Michael and Kathryn O’Hara of Cold Spring, Brian and Dulcie O’Hara of Ossining, Christopher and Heather O’Hara of Hoboken, and Marie and Gregory Calnon of Chappaqua, his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Doris O’Hara of Malibu California, his sister-in-law Patricia Donnelly of Spring Valley, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Bill Nolan of Pine Island, his nieces and nephews, Edward and Melissa Donnelly, Jeanne and Steve Hanley, John and Stacy Donnelly, Thomas and Laura Donnelly, Raymond and Kristina Donnelly, Meghan and Marc Kokosa, Mary and Alec Vanacore, Billy Nolan, Jill Nolan and Patrick Nolan, Mariah and Matthew Leavitt and John O’Hara. He also shared many years of friendship with the Shea family of West Nyack.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 3 from 4 – 8pm and Thursday, September 4 from 4 – 8pm at the Joseph W. Sorce F.H. Inc. in West Nyack, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, September 5 at 10:00am at St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet. Interment will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley or United Hospice of Rockland, who supported John through the final phase of his life with friendship, loving care and spiritual guidance.
Joseph W Sorce Funeral Home Inc
728 W Nyack Rd West Nyack, NY 10994
Published in the The Journal News on Sept. 3, 2014
O’Hara, John [MC1966 RIP]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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