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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Tributes paid after death of popular family figure

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Whitehaven man who has died suddenly.

By Sarah Robinson

Brian O’Hare, 55, of Headlands Drive, Hillcrest, was rushed to the West Cumberland Hospital last Friday morning after taking ill at home, however medics were unable to save him.

His brother Colin O’Hare said: “Brian was larger than life with a wonderful sense of humour.

“If we had a family gathering and Brian was unable to attend, his presence was greatly missed.

“Brian will be remembered as the life and soul of our family gatherings.”

He added: “Coming from a big family, Brian maintained a close relationship with all his nieces and nephews who he visited regularly.”

He was husband of the late Patricia and leaves behind son Thomas and stepchildren David and Jessica.

When he was younger, Brian attended St Begh’s School, before studying at Whitehaven Grammar.

His family say although Brian contracted polio at an early age, which left him paralysed down one side, his health improved and his interest in sports led him to play football, cricket and rugby union for the county in his teens.

He served his apprenticeship at Todds before working as a printer at Smiths. He then worked at Superdec before working part time for the Ambulance Service. Most recently he worked as a security guard at the Sellafield and Drigg sites.

His funeral will be held at St John’s Church, Hensingham, tomorrow (Friday) at 2pm, followed by a cremation at Distington Hall.

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My god, I'm so shocked to read of Brians death, I've known him from when we were teenagers and even though we didn't see much of each other these last few years,he always had a smile and a "Hiy, you all right" whenever I bumped into him in town. Condolences to all his family, gonna miss you Bri!

Posted by June Patrickson on 27 February 2014 at 11:30

still hard 2 believe we will never c brian again. woz only talking 2 him Thursday morning. he woz such a great guy 2 no. if he saw any 1 without a smile he wud give them 1 of his

Posted by fionamaitland on 21 February 2014 at 18:51

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