Michael (Mickey) O’Hara

The family of Michael (Mickey) Kenneth O’Hara are sad to announce his passing on Aug. 1, 2014 in Hospice in Quesnel. Mickey was born May 22, 1937 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and remained a bachelor

all his life. He loved his niece and nephews and later the great nieces and nephews. He enjoyed playing with them and they all remember him saying, “Dum De Dee” and giving them each a squeezed handshake. He is well remembered by them all with his bubble machines and with his whistle made from a blade of grass. He loved little children and for more than 50 years he sponsored a child through the Christian Children’s Fund even when times were difficult for him.

He was a generous person, always wanting to buy or give you something. He was a lucky person, winning many raffles and also winning at cards. Mickey had two perfect hands in cribbage.

One of Mickey’s passions was the history of Quesnel and he became quite a historian. He enjoyed for many years doing a radio program Shamrocks and Shaleighes.

Mickey lived in Fraser Village for more than 20 years where he enjoyed the people there like a second family. His third family was Ted Martindale and his staff at Granvilles. You could see him at his table having coffee with his regular breakfast every day for many years. In the afternoon he would be there again having an ice tea and a snack.

Mickey was very talented with his hands through woodworking, crocheting, knitting and so many other crafts too many to mention.

Mickey’s was a devoted Roman Catholic all his life. He was a song leader for 30 years and was recognized for his contribution. He loved singing and in the Irish tradition he was a good son and made a tape of all his mother’s favourite hymns. He was also a good brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many.

Mickey is survived by his sisters, Patsy (Ron) Porter and Maureen (Don) Isaak, six nephews and one niece, 21 great nephews and nieces, two great-great nephews and nieces, one aunt and many cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his father Gerald, mother Olive, brothers Denny and Terry and his nephew Michael Porter.

Prayers for Mickey were Aug. 7 and Mass Aug. 8 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with a reception tea following. Celebrant was Father Peter Nyugen. Pallbearers were Stephen Isaak, Matthew Isaak, Jake Isaak, Christopher O’Hara, Kelly O’Hara and John O’Hara. The family would like to thank Dr. Walker for all the years of caring for Mickey and for the amazing staff at Hospice for your care and compassion. Those wishing to honour Mickey’s memory by way of a donation may do so to St. Ann’s Catholic School or Quesnel Hospice and Palliative Care.

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