James O'Mara

James "John" O'Mara

Wednesday, July 28, 1954 - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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July 28, 1954 – May 19, 2020
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY

After a short and courageous battle with cancer, James “John” O’Mara of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY, entered into eternal rest on May 19, 2020 at home, with Beatle music playing, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 65 years old.

The son of the late James Edward O’Mara and Elizabeth (Geggenheimer) O’Mara, John was born on July 28, 1954 in Newburgh, NY. He was Proprietor of O’Mara’s Tavern in New Windsor, NY from 1980-1989. John retired from USMA, West Point after 29 years, where he worked in the Cadet Barracks, Self-Service Supply, and Keller Army Hospital Warehouse.

A humble, authentic man with immense character and wit, John’s love of his family and friends inspired us all. John loved his childhood and growing up in New Windsor, NY; his Catholic faith and attending Mass; his adopted hometown--COH and Cliffside Park neighbors; the Cornwall Public Library; the Woodstock radio station and the New York Jets and Mets. Upon retirement, John enjoyed some of the happiest moments of his life visiting England with his family and taking care of his granddaughter, Mabel.

John is survived by his loving wife of 39 years: Mary (Monahan) O’Mara at home; his devoted children, Kelly A. (O’Mara) Ovenell and her husband, Neil, of London, England and Casey C. O’Mara and her husband, James Arrabito, of Wayne, NJ; and his pride and joy, granddaughter, Mabel Grace Arrabito; his siblings: Charles and Gail O’Mara, Eileen and Joseph Potter, Betsy O’Mara, and special cousin, Kathy Kissel; John and Peg Monahan, Thomas Monahan, and Mother-in-Law, Grace Monahan; as well as many nieces and nephews that he treasured.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me, even if he die, shall live; and whoever lives and believes in Me, shall never die.”
John xi, 25

Due to the public health concerns of the Corona Virus (Covid-19), a Memorial Mass for John will be held at a later date. Please refer back to this website,, for further information. On behalf of the family, thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

Donations in John’s memory can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to
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Due to the public health concerns of the Corona Virus (Covid-19), a Memorial Mass for John will be held at a later date. Please refer back to this website,, for further information. On behalf of the family, thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.


Donations are being accepted for: Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc..


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Rosaleen Leahy

Posted at 01:17pm
I am so sorry for your loss. My husband and I would often see John, when we were walking through the neighborhood. He always had a smile and a kind word. I will always remember Mary and John sitting with Mabel at Story time at the library - those smiles and the pure joy of being with their grandchild! Our prayers are with you, for strength and comfort at this difficult time. Rosaleen and George Leahy

Kathy & Mark Cunningham

Posted at 02:54pm
Our deepest sympathy to you and the family Mary. Heavy hearts today learning of this news. We hope you may find comfort in the memories you shared together. John was a great guy who always brought a smile to the faces of others. We have many great memories that we will take forward in ours lives until we meet again. Our love to you and the family. 💔😢

Pat Ferguson McKay

Posted at 12:25pm
My deepest condolences to all of the family upon John's passing! I lovingly remember all of my wonderful experiences with many of these special family members as a young teenager & will treasure all of them. May God grant you peace & only wonderful memories.
With my love & God's blessings,
Pat Ferguson McKay

Jeff Johnson

Posted at 09:01am
Mary and family... my deepest condolences on the passing of Johnny. I worked for Johnny at the tavern for many years and he was good friends with my older brother. He was a great man and was always there if you needed him. I’m saddened to think the world will be without him and hope you find peace in knowing he was a great guy and good friend.
Jeff Johnson

Jim Rose

Posted at 07:33pm
Mary and family- my most deepest sympathy on John's passing. We shared many a good conversation and a few laughs during our KACH days. I enjoyed his company as he was such a good, witty and loyal man.
please accept my condolences . Jim Rose

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