In Memoriam



Brendan W. O'Malley   June 7, 1936  -  July 6, 2013

Brendan William “Bud” O’Malley was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, on June 7, 1936, the son of Michael and Mary Geary O’Malley. He grew up amid the steel mills of western Pennsylvania with his older siblings, Michael (Bob) and Mary Margaret (Sis). They enjoyed swimming in the Monongahela River on hot, summer days and often roamed Kennywood Amusement Park on the weekends. Bud met the love of his life, “Mid” Barlock, on a Saturday night long ago at a local youth dance in Braddock. Immediately after graduation from St. Thomas High School in Braddock in 1954 Bud enlisted in the U.S. Army. Bud’s absence while assigned to a remote Signal Corps unit in Germany strengthened their love, and he returned home with a full set of Rosenthal China as a wedding gift for Mid. Bud and Mid were married on July 12, 1958 and a year later welcomed Lynn, the first of their four children.

In 1961, Bud graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh. Soon after, Bud accepted a position with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the young family moved to Staten Island, New York. While with the Port Authority, Bud rose to be the Deputy Director of the Port Department and oversaw many port improvement projects.

Their first son, Michael, arrived in 1962. In 1964, the growing family moved to Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Their two other sons, Brendan and Patrick, were born there in 1965 and 1969. Bud and Mid lived happily for 25 years in the Radburn community within Fair Lawn and made many lifelong friends and memories there that endure and are still cherished today. Raising a family they always looked forward to their O’Malley family vacations with Uncle Bob and Aunt Lorraine and Uncle Chuck and Aunt Sis and their families.

Bud and Mid’s family expanded in 1985 when Lynn married Rein Kiewel in a fairy tale wedding at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In 1988, Lynn and Rein introduced the first grandchild, Rein Michael, to the family. Bud and Mid were in Paris, France that year to welcome their first grandchild and to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Kiewel family grew with Kaitlyn in 1990 and Dylan in 1994, both born in Germany, and Jack in 1997 after they repatriated to the U.S. and Virginia in 1994.

In 1989, after nearly 30 years, Bud retired from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Not fully prepared for retirement, Bud and Mid moved to Crofton, Maryland when he was named the Director of the Port of Baltimore. Two years later, Bud left the government sector to accept a position with Hobelmann Port Services in Baltimore.

The younger Brendan maintained the family’s ties to New Jersey when he married Anne Ritter from Queens in 1992 and they moved into their new home on the other side of Radburn off the “B” Park. Their first son, a third generation Brendan, joined them in 1995. They were subsequently blessed with two more boys, Liam in 1998 and Sean in 2001.

The oldest son, Michael, married Lisa Trinkle in 1997 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Mike, Lisa and her son, Ian, lived in Pennsylvania for several years before they settled in Centreville, Maryland.

The youngest son, Patrick spent years on the road in an eighteen wheeler but always came home to Crofton to share his father’s love of the Ravens, the Orioles, and Navy football.

Bud and Mid continued the O’Malley tradition of family vacations. They packed up the family wagon and traveled whenever they could for more than 40 years to their summer place at Big Timber Lake in New Jersey and never seemed to get enough of the sun on the beaches at Stone Harbor and Avalon or the seafood at the Lobster House in Cape May. Throw in a few special occasion family trips such as the one during the only snowless winter in the Poconos in recent history and a trip south to the Outer Banks during the summer of hurricanes and the O’Malleys have their fair share of laughable moments and fond memories.

Bud and Mid enjoyed living nearly 25 years in Crofton on Eton Way and Crofton Colony Court. During this time, Bud enjoyed golfing and dining with his friends at the Crofton Country Club and together they enjoyed Navy football, Orioles baseball, and the reigning world champions Ravens football.

Through all the years and all the miles it was always obvious Bud enjoyed life and friends more than most and we are richer for knowing him.

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Go mbeannaí Dia duit, Brendan O'Malley


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