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Bernard O'Hare

October 27, 1948 ~ February 28, 2019 (age 70)

Bernard O'Hare, 70, passed away peacefully February 28, 2019 following a sudden but short illness while wintering in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Bernard, Bern or Bernie to his friends and family, was born on October 27, 1948 in Colonie, New York to the late Barney and Vivian O'Hare. He received his degree in English from Marist College in 1969. Bernie began teaching English at Saugerties secondary schools in New York in 1973. There he met his wife Janice whom he married on October 29, 1977. They raised two children, Brad and Allison O'Hare.

Throughout his 30 years at Saugerties Central Schools, Bernie had a great reverence and dedication for education and appreciation for his colleagues. As a result, he served as President of the Saugerties Teacher Union and took part in the development of the Mid-Hudson Valley Teacher Center. In addition to teaching in the classroom, he also coached the Saugerties Junior High School wrestling team, as well as the local softball and baseball teams. 

Among Bernie's passions were reading, golf and his community. Once retired, you could find him volunteering at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, New York. His calm presence, empathetic personality and playful nature made him well suited to bring a smile to patients and their families.

Bernie was preceded in his death by his mother and father, Vivian and Barney O'Hare, as well as his older sisters Patricia Meyer and Linda Cook. He is survived by his wife Janice, children Brad and Allison O'Hare, as well as niece Sandra Nystoriak and nephews Scott Meyer, James Meyer and Brian Cook.

His Memorial Service will be held 4 pm Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc. cor. Of John and Lafayette Sts., Saugerties. Visitation will be from 1-4 pm. Memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimer's or American Heart Association.

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