Dearest Bill, Rest in Peace, although if a piano is nearby let the fun begin. On behalf of The Wren Association of Toronto I say farewell to a dear friend, who came to every Wren Reunion in Canada as our pianist and played at every rehearsal and event the Jenny Wren Chorus participated. Rest in Peace. Diane Lee Huba President
My sincere condolences to the family and to his many friends, as I remember many happy occasions when Buddy would entertain at St. Cecilia's Parish (Toronto) and elsewhere over the years ... a fine musician and entertainer, too.
Judy and I were sad to learn the passing of Buddy. He was always special to us and I Lorne go back to our days at the Choir school with fond memories. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all the family members. Please let us know about your future plans for a memorial service when you are able.
One of my best memories growing up was when we got to see cousin Buddy. No matter what the situation - happy or sad - he made it better with his jokes and his music. It didn’t matter how many times he told the same joke, it still ended with a big belly laugh. Rest in well-deserved peace, cousin Buddy. You will be missed! JoAnne
A great loss to all who were fortunate to have Bill as their friend. My greatest memories of Bill were when I first met him at the annual CIBC Curling Club (Leaside) annual end of season celebration held at the home of CIBC'er Don Worth. Bill at the piano, just next to Don's bar. Everybody wearing a hat from "Don's party hat box". Everyone armed with a "Ragtime Piano" lyric book with songs from 1 to 100 and Don calling out the tunes. Bill was in his element. Curlers became instant singers.
One year I did an audio recording of the event and called it "Don Worth and Bill O'Hara - Unplugged". Infused by this experience, I became a Barbershopper and got to hangout with Bill once again both through our association with the East York Barbershoppers and of course, Harmony Ranch, a Barbershop destination near Baldwin Ontario, where we both had trailers. Sometimes we would play together, me with my Tenor Banjo and Bill with his Piano. The sound of chocolate and peanut butter. Ah, great musical memories.
Our condolences to Billy’s sisters and family. Billy was a major player in our high school group of 1954- 58 Loretto girls and wonderful guys. We were all in love with Billy because he was so handsome, a great dancer, very kind and a gifted musician. So happy that his love of music was prominent throughout his life. Thank you for sharing his story with those who lost track of him over these many years. How he will enjoy heaven. Sent with love. Carol and Catherine von Zuben
Sad to hear of the death of Buddy. Remembering fondly our time in Toronto, especially the " sing-a-ling- a- dance your thing" annual social event at St. Cecilia
Parish. And then we reconnected in Keswick at Sat. evening Masses!! RIP dear friend. May you sing with the Angels.