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Sunday, February 12, 2017

James Edward O'Mara, 74, of 474 South Kendall Avenue, Bradford, PA

James Edward O'Mara

James Edward O'Mara, 74, of 474 South Kendall Avenue, Bradford, PA, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Born February 2, 1943 in Bradford, he was the son of the late James and Mary (Keenan) O'Mara.

On June 7, 1997 in St. Francis Church, he married Kimberly (Young) O'Mara, who survives.

A 1961 graduate of Bradford High School, he graduated from Alfred State University with a B.A. in Agriculture Engineering. Later in life he obtained a B.A. in Human Relations, with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and followed with an M.S.W from the University of Pittsburgh at Oakland.

He was a life-long member of St. Francis Church, where he served in various capacities, including altar server, member of the Parish Council and Eucharistic Minister, serving shut ins and those in nursing homes where he made over 90,000 Communion calls during his service. He was also active in numerous activities in the Catholic Community and the Erie Diocese, serving as a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Committee and the Catholic Foundation Board.

He was a life-long farmer as well as general manager and President at Sunny Brook Dairies, Inc. and a General Partner in McKean County Creamery, after the sale of these businesses in 1977 to Upstate Milk Cooperative of Leroy, NY. He was employed with the cooperative in numerous capacities, including Jamestown Division Manager, Director of Distribution and Sales and Director of Commercial Sales. He retired from the Dairy Business in 1993.

Mr. O'Mara purchased Crosby Dairy Products in 1966 from Howard Crosby of Hinsdale, NY. He then started and operated Crosby Mini-Marts, later Crosby Marts for 40 years. He was president and CEO of the store group which sold to Reid Petroleum in 1997.

Currently, he is President of the O'Mara Group, LLC, where he and his long time business associate continue to operate a real estate holding company, as well as other related business activities.

In 2000, he began as a Contract Employee for Beacon Light as a mobile therapist where he worked with at-risk teen age boys and their foster families in the foster care program and found this to be a very special time in his life.

He was also active in a variety of civic activities where he served in numerous leadership capacities. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Milk Dealers Association, where he served as vice-president; Director of NY State Dairy Foods, where he also served as President.

He was a member of the Bradford School Board, serving for 8 years as a Director, Vice President and President. He was also a charter member at North Central work force in retirement Board.

In 1995, he joined the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Advisory Board, where he currently was chair of the Business Affairs Committee and a member of the Institutional Advancement Committee.

He was currently Chairman of the Bradford Hospital Foundation, where he has been actively involved in financial development and a third generation Rotarian, obtaining a Paul Harris Fellow Award.

He was active in county politics and maintained an active interest in recruiting and supporting local political leaders.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Kathy O'Mara of Bradford; a niece, Nicole Hoblack; his sister-in-law Suzie (Jerry) Maras; three nephews, James O'Mara Segee, Christopher (Chelsea) Maras and Blake (Kimberly) Maras.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends are invited to call from 11 AM to 12 Noon, Thursday, February 16, 2017 in St. Bernard Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 12 Noon by Rev. Raymond Gramata, Pastor of St. Bernard Church, Rev. Leo J. Gallina, retired Pastor of St. Bernard Church, and Rev. Dominic Monti, of St. Bonaventure University. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Bradford Hospital Foundation, St. Francis Church or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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