Bernard O’Hare, 70, of Saugerties, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019 after 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 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 Central Schools in 1973. There, he met his wife, Janice, whom he married on October 29, 1977. Together, they raised two children, Brad and Allison O’Hare.
Throughout his 30 years at Saugerties Central Schools, Bernie displayed a reverence for education, dedication to teaching and an appreciation of his colleagues. As a result, he served as president of the Saugerties Teachers Association and took part in the development of the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center. In addition to his work in the classroom, Bernie also coached the Saugerties Junior High School wrestling team, as well as 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. His calm presence, empathetic nature and playful personality 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; niece, Sandra Nystoriak; nephews Scott Meyer, James Meyer and Brian Cook; family and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Bernie’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in Bernie’s memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.