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Russian Gift of Life USA Mourns the Death of Denis O'Mara

Michael Yurieff  | Published on 6/20/2013

Denis O'Mara,72, of Leland,NC formerly of New York, NY passed away on Thursday June 13, 2013.


A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Sunday June 16, 2013 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington,NC 28403.


Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Monday June 17, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church.


Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary-Tileston Outreach, 412 Ann Street Wilmington, NC 28401.

Denis’s Eulogy

While we will all miss Denis, we are gathered here to celebrate a life well lived.

Denis, the gentle giant, who rarely raised his voice or lost his temper.

Denis, the childhood chum who grew up to become a friend for life.

Denis, husband and partner who loved and supported Frieda.  He shared her enthusiasm for Ronald McDonald House, Gift of Life, Rotary and their unnamed charitable efforts.  

Denis, the son-in-law, who loved my Mom and helped Frieda care for her when I was miles away.

Denis, the craftsman who learned how to fit a pipe, run wire, plumb a tub, build a deck or create stained glass art.

Denis, the tool collector, who lost count of how many hammers he had.

Denis, the professional shopper, who loved garage sales, flea markets, auctions and estate sales.  I will think of him whenever I am at a garage sale.

Denis, the golfer, who enjoyed the game and never lost sight of the fact that it was just a game.

Denis, the poker player, who could laugh at the 2nd best hand that cost him dearly and thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie around the table.

Denis, the transplanted New Yorker, who left the city behind to make new and dear friends here in Magnolia Greens and North Carolina.  Frieda and I have been so touched these last few days by all the support and kindness of these friends.  Thank you all for the love.

Denis, the man who loved to entertain the ladies with his jokes and banter.

Denis, the man who had several other wives (without benefits) with Frieda’s blessing.

My favorite Denis was the brother-in-law who could quietly watch me make a fool of myself with tequila and be the designated driver when I needed one.

He would not want us to remember his last few days, but all the good times when we shared laughter and good times.   He would encourage us to share the memories today and laugh again.  Please stop me and share your favorite story or joke with me today.

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