Michael J. O'Hara

September 24, 1944May 15, 2019

Michael J. O’Hara, 74, passed away peacefully May 15, 2019, at AO Fox hospital in Oneonta, with his longtime, loving girlfriend, Mary Ann Helmer by his side.

Michael was born September 24, 1944 at Lourdes hospital in Binghamton, the son of Ambrose and Rita (Petkash) O’Hara.

Michael grew up in Otego, attending Otego Central School and Auburn Community College. After school he took on a number of roles in the building industry. He then began his own successful construction business that he operated until his retirement.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother David O’Hara.

He is survived by siblings Dennis, Karen, Kevin (Beth) O’Hara, Sharon O’Hara Nelson (Norm) and sister in law Ginny O’Hara; son Michael O’Hara, daughter Valerie French, her husband David as well as grandson David; Soulmate Mary Ann Helmer her sons Michael and Bobby; grandchildren Joe, John, Kaylyn, Lexi, Kira and Nelly; and his great grandson Carson.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at 11am at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta. Interment will take place following in Mt. Cavalry Cemetery, Emmons.

The family would like to thank everyone at Hematology/Oncology at Foxcare, especially Dr. Bryan Lee, Patty Jacobs FNP-C and Lori Baldanza FNC-P, as well as the staff at Fox Hospital for his care.

Memorial donations may be made to Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans Animal Shelter, Oneonta.

Online condolences to the family can be made at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 21, 2019


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Mark and Lil Taylor

May 21, 2019

Valerie, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. ((Hugs))

Marilyn O'Rourke

May 18, 2019

My deepest condolence to the O'Hara family.

Ellem Miller (Hall)

May 18, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family. It is times like this that you realize how important family and friends are. My prayers go to all of you. God bless.