Dr. William Joseph "Bill" O'Hara
1950 - 2020
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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Dr. William Joseph "Bill" O'Hara announce his unexpected death at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in the early hours of the morning on December 4, 2020.

Bill was born in Toronto on April 18, 1950 to Peter and Stephanie O'Hara and was the eldest of eight children. He followed in his father's footsteps, pursuing a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976, and was a recipient of the Cody Silver Medal -Rank #2, for top academic standing in med school. After completing his specialty training in Ottawa, he practiced as a Gastroenterologist in Toronto prior to moving to Thunder Bay in 2002. He was passionate about his chosen career and deeply cared about his patients and their well-being. He reluctantly retired from the practice of medicine in 2014 due to issues with his own health.

Bill was a hockey player in his youth and had a love for golf, which he passed along to his son Patrick. After suffering a heart attack in his early 30s, he went on to run and complete the 1985 Boston Marathon, one of his proudest life accomplishments. He and his wife Isobel travelled extensively and enjoyed spending time at their camp on Hawkeye Lake. He was well-read and could hold a conversation on almost any subject. What he didn't know he would enthusiastically research, and the next time you spoke to him, Bill would talk your ear off about what he had learned.

Bill is survived by his wife Isobel, his children, Erin (Austin) and Patrick (Katarina) and grandchildren Juniper, Charlotte and Allison, stepchildren, Amanda (Malcolm) and Michael, and was "Grandpa Bill" to Thomas and Isabella. He is also survived by siblings, Timothy (Miranda), Stephen (Dorothy), Michelle, Eileen (Robin) and Joanne as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Stephanie and siblings Peter and Denise. He will be missed by his fur babies, Oliver, Molly and Mischka.

The family would like to thank the first responders, Dr. Paul Yee and the staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Emergency Department for their care and compassion during the early hours of the morning on December 4, and Dr. Chris Lai for his excellent care of Bill for the last 7 years. Special thanks to Dr. Andrej Habjan for not only his excellent care of Bill, but also his friendship with Bill over the years.

As per Bill's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bill's life will be held in the summer of 2021 when family and friends are able to come together to honour his memory.

If family and friends so desire, donations can be made in Bill's name to the TBRHSC - Our Hearts at Home Campaign or to a charity of their choosing.

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Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Dec. 9, 2020.
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January 9, 2021
Bill, my brother, a kind and gentle soul, someone to always turn to for advice... thanks for all the long chats about politics, football, movies and so much more. We sure do miss you.
Tim, Miranda and Dan
Tim O'Hara
December 16, 2020
He was one of the nicest doctors, so caring and skilled. Condolences to the family
December 14, 2020
I had the opportunity to work with Dr. O'Hara at TBRSC when he used our Telemedicine studios to see his patients in the region virtually. He was funny, kind, professional and sure about his treatment plans for his patients. He was knowledgeable on many topics and would frequently speak about his travels, if time allowed during consultations. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family.
Karen McPhail
Karen McPhail
December 10, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 10, 2020
Isobel and Family,
So sorry to hear of Dr. Bill's passing. He was an incredible doctor and a very caring man. I was one of the doctors first patients at the old Ft William Clinic. I will never forget the conversations we had. His first question was where is the farmer's market ? He also loved to talk about traveling and we would talk about that through my whole appointment. It was kind of funny as I would get home and my wife would ask how it went. I would tell say great and inform her about his trips. We both looked forward to my appointments. Dr.Bill will be greatly missed. RIP
David Nash.
David nash
December 9, 2020
Dr O’Hara was by far the best GI doctor I had the privilege to treat me over the course of a 22 year chronic illness! He not only had knowledge but compassion! RIP DR. I know that of you can you will send the living a cure ♥ Thank you for everything!!! Carrie
December 9, 2020
Envious & Inspirational .. Bill you were always a very tough act to follow.. You will be missed my Brother & my Friend.

Love Steve,Dorothy,Stephanie & Charles.
Stephen O'Hara
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