Daniel F. O'Hara, Jr.

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Daniel F. O’Hara, Jr. of Bluffton, formerly of Montclair, NJ passed away on February 8 at the age of 83. The party started for Dan on the day Prohibition was repealed, December 5, 1933. Raised in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York, he was the second of five children and the eldest son of Daniel F. O’Hara, Sr. and Mary V. O’Hara (nee Moriarty). Educated at St. Michael’s High School, he was a summa cum laude graduate of St. Bonaventure University and (mis)spent more than one summer of his youth in Breezy Point, New York. Dan was commissioned to the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant and was stationed at both Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Bliss, Texas. He was a graduate of the US Army Air Defense School and received the title Honorary Gunner Oozlefinchling for his training as a Nike-Hercules missile gunner. He was honorably discharged after achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. Dan then followed his father to Wall Street where he had a long and illustrious career spanning more than four decades. He was a partner with Cowen and Company, a senior partner with Mabon, Nugent & Company and the President of MKI Securities Inc. During his career, Dan was a highly-respected broker of Corporate Bonds, a member of numerous professional affiliations, and the founder of Mabon Nugent’s overseas office in London, England. He was also something of a practical joker and a prankster, to which both his customers and his competition will gladly attest. When he retired from his Wall Street career, Dan left a legacy that resonated throughout the business.

Dan moved his family from Brooklyn to Montclair, NJ in 1967. During his 28 years in Montclair Dan remained a staunch supporter of the Catholic Charities of New York, became involved in the Knights of Columbus, was a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church and later St. Cassian's Church. He was also a member and Trustee of the Montclair Golf Club from 1969 until after his retirement. Dan was actively involved in his children’s lives, coaching for the Montclair Hockey Club at outdoor rinks at ungodly hours and imparting his wit, wisdom and integrity along the way. He encouraged his children to learn from their errors when he reminded them “Everyone makes mistakes, that’s why they put erasers on pencils.” Among his most impressive qualities were his limitless knowledge and razor sharp sense of humor. Dan was always the life of the party and enjoyed a multitude of lasting friendships.

Dan left New Jersey in 1995, retiring to Hilton Head Plantation where he married his beloved partner in all things, Linda. They subsequently moved to Bluffton. He spent his retirement pursuing excellence on the golf course, engaging his passion for model trains, drafting his unpublished autobiography “How to Cheat at Polo”, and enjoying the nature and scenery of the Low Country. One of his greatest joys in life was spending time with his prodigious number of grandchildren, all of whom cherished their time with “PopPop”. In his spare time, Dan also used his bitingly satiric wit to comment on community events with regular letters to the editor, which this newspaper faithfully published. His acerbic wit and incredible generosity touched many lives wherever he went. His handshake was his contract, his word was his bond, and he lived by the credo: Life is not a dress rehearsal.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Linda. Having artfully blended their family, Dan is survived by his four children, Linda’s two children and their combined family of 18 grandchildren. He leaves behind: Christine O’Hara and her son Gerry Madjarov of Verona, NJ; Daniel F. (III) and Annette O’Hara, and their children Allie, Luke and Ryan of Redding, CT; John and Maryellen O’Hara and their children Hailey, Ian, Lindsay and Owen of Montville, NJ; Justin and Michael O’Hara and their children Daniel, Daphne and Bronwyn of Montclair, NJ; Melissa (Weinberg) and Bill Zackoff and their children Matthew, Andrew, Jonathan and Jennifer of Summit, NJ; and Ken and Ellen Weinberg and their children Josh, Rachel and Sam of New York, NY. Dan also leaves behind his brother Paul O’Hara of Colorado Springs, CO, his sister Patricia Paul-Cyril of Brooklyn, NY and his first wife Doranne O’Hara of Woodland Park, NJ, along with many adored nieces and nephews. Dan was pre-deceased by his sister, Rosemary Parnell of Pittsford, NY and his brother David O’Hara of Orleans, MA.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 13 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church on Hilton Head Island, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10:30. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Officers of the Courts Corp., a charity serving disabled veterans. http://www.officersofthecourts.org Officers of the Courts Corp., 16 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07042