Local lovable and incurably popular Paul O’Donoghue of the O’D’s tavern family has passed away

BY CAROL MCILMURRAY

Local lovable and incurably popular Paul O’Donoghue of the O’D Tavern family in Nyack has passed on.

Most recently, Mr. O’Donoghue was working at Nyack’s Koblin’s at the front counter.  The Nyack center will be missing their favorite Santa Claus this coming season.

In past seasons when O’Donoghue’s ran their local tavern and grill Paul could be seen in and around the pub on a regular basis. Paul was one of six, his siblings are Kevin, Cathleen, Noreen, Ann and Mary. All six worked in O’D’s when their parents Paul and Nancy operated the eponymous tavern since 1960. The eldest son Kevin took over the family business and ran it sucessfully making it a must for local families and river lovers alike.

The building was originally built to be a horse and carriage stable for a 1851 firehouse. Eyeful patrons will notice that the floor slightly tilts out toward Main Street. The design was made to help corral the horses out of the building in the frequent cases of fire in Nyack’s earlier days.

The still tavern is operated by a new manager under the Irish family clan name.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the O’Donoghue family and the Nyack community that loved the mustached man the rolled around Nyack on his bicycle.  He was known to make almost whimsical one footed standing stops on his two wheeled ride. Paul always to say hello to his Nyack friends and family. Paul shared his roaring laughter and smile with many a Nyacker. Paul had a wit and a love for life that will be cherished and missed.

Paul always made time to let the people he loved know exactly how much he cared for them. He could regularly be seen hugging and laughing with people over the course of his lifetime in Nyack.

Those those who want to pay their respects to the O’Donoghue, visitation is posted below, if you can’t attend please send to the listed charities in his honor.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hannemann Funeral Home in Nyack, with the funeral at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann’s Church in Nyack.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in O’Donoghue’s name to Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, 65 Fireman’s Memorial Dr., Pomona NY 10970.

Mr. O’Donoghue passed of a heart attack at the age of 63. He was born in 1954. He leaves behind three children and a few young grandchildren including his beloved Lola.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the O’Donoghue family and the Nyack community that loved Mr. O’Donaghue.

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