"His legacy will live on in all of the lives
that he touched," she said. "He was a unique,
caring individual who will never be forgotten."
Mr. O'Hanlon's giving nature was experienced not
only by his family and friends, but by his
Harvest Avenue neighbors, who deemed him their
unofficial mayor with a heart of gold.
"He was the type of man who never forgot
anyone's name, and when he asked how you were
doing, he sincerely meant it," said 19-year-old
neighbor Samantha Smith, who has lived across
the street from Mr. O'Hanlon for her entire
life. She also noted how he enlivened Halloween
for neighborhood children -- in different years,
he donned an ape suit, hired a magician and even
rented a trained monkey to make them smile.
only hope his spirit, determination, compassion
for others, and giving self inspire all
neighbors, and people alike, to be more like
this wonderful man. I know I speak for all when
I say he will be truly missed," she said, noting
that Mr. O'Hanlon -- an old-fashioned gentleman
-- never hesitated to help when he saw anyone in
need and was extremely thoughtful.
Following his 1967 graduation from the former
Augustinian Academy on Grymes Hill, Mr. O'Hanlon
enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps -- although an
arm injury prevented him from going to Vietnam.
He was stationed in San Diego for a portion of
his two years of service.
then went to City College of New York in
Manhattan and graduated in 1972 with a
bachelor's degree in political science and a
minor in education.
Mr. O'Hanlon's career began as an educational
assistant and substitute teacher. He became a
special education teacher at Egbert Intermediate
School, Midland Beach, and then at Morris
Intermediate School, Brighton Heights.
1979, he changed career paths, becoming a Port
Authority police officer. Assigned to the Port
Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, he was part
of the search and rescue operations following
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- collectively,
the group of officers was known as "Team Romeo."
When Mr. O'Hanlon retired in 2004, he was
assigned to the George Washington Bridge.
Interested in art, music and antiques, he
enjoyed going to exhibits and museums.
For more than 20 years, Mr. O'Hanlon was an
active member of the United Group Harmony
Association. The New Jersey-based group kept him
up-to-date about where doo-wop groups -- his
favorite -- were performing, and he traveled
throughout the metropolitan area to hear them
sing. Mr. O'Hanlon also attended parties and
fund-raisers with the Harmony Association.
His interest in antiques led him to estate sales
and flea markets, where he purchased furniture
to restore and refinish. In the early 1970s, Mr.
O'Hanlon owned a secondhand shop -- Different
Strokes in New Brighton -- where he sold this
Interested in local politics, he worked on many
Democratic campaigns. He also was a member of
the Staten Island Yacht Club and the Staten
Island Marine Corps League.
animal lover, Mr. O'Hanlon adopted many cats as
pets throughout the years.
was an avid New York Yankees fan and, in his
youth, played football in the Pop Warner and
Titan leagues. He also excelled on the track for
addition to his wife, Phyllis, Mr. O'Hanlon is
survived by his son, Redmond Sean O'Hanlon; his
daughter, Laura E. O'Hanlon; a brother, Stephen,
and three sisters, Patricia Keenan, Eileen
Fitzpatrick and Bernadette McCool.
The funeral will be tomorrow from the Harmon
Home for Funerals, with a mass at 11 a.m. in
Sacred Heart R.C. Church, both West Brighton.
The arrangements include cremation.