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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
Phone: (705) 673-9591
Fax: (705) 675-2998
Michael O'Hara

Michael Patrick O'Hara

Sunday, May 28th, 1950 - Friday, July 3rd, 2020
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We are penning this final love letter to our dear husband and father. Michael was a man of many talents and interests. A die-hard Leafs fan and a general sports enthusiast. An avid golfer and a member of the hole-in-one club. A world class cannonballer. A passionate and “spirited” supporter (or heckler as the case may be) of sporting events from the sidelines or the couch. An entertaining storyteller. He had a superb work ethic, a quick wit, and a mischievous streak. Michael had a limitless competitive spirit that he brought to all aspects of his life.

He was a proud graduate of the University of Toronto (class of ’71), where he met the love of his life Jennifer, and then of Osgoode Hall Law School (class of ’74). He started and ended his career in Sudbury as a lawyer at Miller Maki LLP, where he has acted as the firm’s managing partner since 1989. He was a committed advocate for the North within the legal community.

Michael had a way of bringing people together. Over the years, he acted as coach/manager for his hockey, dragon boat, and slow pitch teams, and was the decades-long organizer of the SDLA golf tournament. He always looked forward to the Miller Maki Super Bowl games and infamous Christmas parties, and loved hosting karaoke-style sing-alongs that lasted until all hours of the night. We loved his colour commentary as the irreplaceable pitcher during (and his wrap-up debrief article after) the girls and friends annual softball games.

Most notably, Michael had a caring and generous spirit. He cared very deeply about his wife, daughters, siblings, family, friends, and coworkers. He took care of all of us. He was a man of his word, held in high regard by all that knew him. We love you and we miss you. You will forever be in our hearts.

Michael is survived by his wife Jennifer O’Hara (née Hickey) and his five daughters, Meagan, Katie, Gillian, Stephanie, and Amrita. He is also survived by his siblings, Pat (Bernard), Terry (Bernie), Ann (John), Tom (Angie), Jim, and Bob (Tina). Predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Veronica O’Hara (née Johns) and his dear cousin Sharon Esposito (Michael). He will be loved and missed by his many nieces, nephews, and the Australian cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael P. O’Hara Bursary would be greatly appreciated. Due to current COVID restrictions, a visitation for family and close friends will be held on Friday, July 10th from 2-5pm and 7-9pm at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home in Sudbury, with a funeral mass to follow at Our Lady of Hope on Saturday, July 11th at 10:30am. Face masks are mandatory at the funeral home and in the church. A larger Celebration of Life open to the community will be held at a later date. For messages of condolence, www.lougheed.org.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
    Address
    233 Larch St.
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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    Notes
    Due to COVID-19 Pandemic directives, 50 people or fewer are permitted in the visitation room. Face masks are mandatory.
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
    Address
    233 Larch St.
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Due to COVID-19 Pandemic directives, 50 people or fewer are permitted in the visitation room. Face masks are mandatory.
  • Service

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    Our Lady of Hope
    Address
    591 Brennan Road
    Sudbury, ON
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    Officiant
    Fr. Larry Rymes

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Enza DelCogliano

Posted at 11:30am
I work as the Social Media Community Engagement manager at Canadian Defence Lawyers. Michael was a long time member of our association. I posted a copy of the notice, and thought you might like to see the responses that were received https://bit.ly/2WMgMqD

I would like to express my condolences and sympathy to the family
Sincerely,
Enza DelCogliano
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Reijo Luoma

Posted at 01:08pm
Jennifer...our deepest sympathies to you and your family in the passing of your beloved husband Michael.

Sincerely...Reijo and Judi Luoma

Lea Boyd

Posted at 08:27am
My love and hugs to Mike's family. Mike was a well-loved man and respected lawyer, for sure. As a junior plaintiff-side lawyer in Sudbury, having files with Mike made me a better lawyer. I *seriously* loved getting his long, emphatic letters. Mike never treated me with anything less than respect. He had immeasurable integrity. Today I am lucky enough to get to work with Kathleen, an amazing lawyer in her own right.

Judy Kosmerly

Posted at 05:24pm
My heartfelt condolences to Terry on the loss of her brother and to everyone in the O'Hara family who were touched by Michael's life. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
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Chris Reil

Posted at 12:38pm

To Jennifer and the girls, I am so sorry to here about Mike’s passing. He took me under his wing when I joined the firm in 1981 and was a great friend and mentor. He was the hardest working lawyer I have met in my career and very well thought of by those he worked with in the Bar. Yet he had time to have fun and pursue his passion for sports and be a wonderful family man. He was an inspiration for me. I will miss him.
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