Brian J. O'Hara

February 24, 1938May 2, 2019
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O’HARA - Brian J. May 2, 2019. Of West Seneca, NY. Beloved husband of Bonnie (nee Blattenberger); dearest father of Beth (Chris) Thurston; beloved papa of Lauren and Rose Thurston; brother of Kathleen O’Brien, and the late Jerr (Sue) and Paul (late Ronnie) O’Hara; loved by many nieces, nephews and friends. Family present Monday, 3-8 PM at the HOY FUNERAL HOME, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca, NY Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday morning at 9 at Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca (please assemble at church). Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to the Buffalo Irish Center appreciated. Brian was a member of the Knights of Equity Court #5, Knights of St. John Commandery #382, the USS Benner Reunion Association, past vice president of the Buffalo Irish Center and retiree of UPS. Online condolences may be shared at


  • Visitation Monday, May 6, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Brian J. O'Hara

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Mike &Fran Jankowski

May 7, 2019

We would like to send our condolences to the family . He was a good man that we met at the Irish Center. Every time he seen us he and Bonnie would come over and say Hello. Very kind and gracious man. He will be greatly missed. He was a good friend.

Tina Blattenberger

May 5, 2019

Uncle Brian always made me smile and laugh. Our family lived in Maryland, so whenever Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Brian came to visit we would all guess what time they would get there.
He was always full of UPS stories. He used to drive the 18 wheeler for UPS. My favorite was the time he told us how he drove past a state trooper and blew his hat off his head.
There are a lot of memories I will hold dear in my heart of Uncle Brian ❤️
I just wish my family and I lived closer so we could have visited them.
Rest in peace Uncle Brian. I love you ❤️

Daughters of Erin, Court 9

May 5, 2019

Our deepest condolences are extended to the O’Hara family. May God keep Brian in His care and give the family loving peace when they remember their dearly departed. We will keep the O’Hara family in our ongoing prayers.

Mary Fitzpatrick

May 5, 2019

Dear Bonnie & Beth,
I have always been grateful to have had such kind next door neighbors. I always enjoyed my conversations with Brian; I jokingly called him our "wedding planner" because I took every piece of advice he had from Beth's wedding and implemented it for Jenna's wedding.
He left a huge legacy & many memories that will last far beyond his years.
God bless you all,
Love, Mary, Jenna, Robby & Michael

Brian OHara

May 5, 2019

Rest in peace Uncle Brian I have many great memories growing you and aunt Bonnie were always there for me. I am praying for you aunt Bonnie Beth Rosie Lauren and Chris. Love and prayers. Love Brian.

Joseph Hennessy

May 5, 2019

Mr. O'Hara (As I called him) was one amazing man. I looked up to him growing up as a child, with all the hard work he was doing within the Irish community. He taught me to hunt turkey as a child, and will never forget our first hunting season!

The world will miss one amazing man. Light and Love, from Seattle, WA

Gerard (Gerry) Mccrudden

May 4, 2019

To Bonnie and Beth I can only send heartfelt condolences
We were all ‘family’ at the Irish Center and at various dance
I was proud to be called a pal
My God take care of Brian and of the beautiful family he has
Left behind

The McCrudden family
Glenn,Claire,Connie(RIP) Sheila and Gerry

Richard and Carmie Wolff

May 4, 2019

Glad to have known all of you. We will always remember Brian as we knew him eager, friendly and always proud of his service.

Ebonie Barr

May 4, 2019

Our most deepest sympathy is with the O'Hara Family. We are so sorry for your loss and pray for comfort and hope in such a difficult time.
We are more than friends , we are an extended family.
We love you all so very much.
The Barr's

Judy Soscia

May 4, 2019

I’m so sorry for your loss. May your memories and your love help to comfort you. Prayers and love to Beth, Bonnie and family.