Brian Jeffrey O'HareAugust 25, 1950 ~ July 26, 2017 (age 66)
HOLYOKE: Brian Jeffrey O’Hare, 66, of Holyoke, MA closed his life peacefully on July 26, 2017 in the company of family and friends at home. Determined, as ever, to enjoy life on his own terms he spent most of his final hours enjoying the sun, warmth and company of good friends and loved ones. Brian was born in Holyoke on August 25, 1950 to the late Police Chief John J. O’Hare and Josephine (Bardak) O’Hare. A graduate of Holyoke High School and American International College, Brian retired in 2014 as an Auditor for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Always active in many sports, Brian enjoyed passing on the skills and lessons learned in athletics through his years as a coach in Little League baseball, working on road races and mentoring youth in a variety of jobs. Brian was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Wyckoff Country Club. Brian was also a member of the Holyoke Lodge of Elks. An avid reader, Brian was never without a book. He would talk in depth about sports, world affairs or nearly anything else one could think of at the drop of a hat. His trademark wry wit was always at the ready. Brian leaves behind his partner and soulmate, Ann Tynan, a sister, Christine O'Hare and her husband David Fickett of South Hadley, a brother Jerome O'Hare, his wife Lisa Grasso and their daughter Josephine of Chelmsford. He was predeceased by his older brother John 'Buddy' O'Hare. Ann’s grandchildren Cailin and Jake, and grandnieces Arianna and Ali Mae were deeply loved and loved him dearly. His many cousins in the extended O’Hare family also mourn his passing and celebrate his life.Calling hours are Thursday, August 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St, Holyoke. Funeral services begin at 9:00 August 4th at Farrell Funeral Home, followed by Liturgy of Christian burial at 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Cross, Holy Cross Ave, Holyoke. Burial will be in St. Jerome Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the O’Hare Family Fund at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The fund supports the research being done into the genetically transmitted cardiomyopathy that has so greatly impacted the O’Hare family and many others. Checks can be made payable to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with “in memory of Brian O’Hare” in the memo line and sent to: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.