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Cyril "Bub" Joseph O'Hearn

10/18/1923 - 05/09/2022

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Obituary For Cyril "Bub" Joseph O'Hearn

Downtown Dartmouth has lost a prominent Business and Sportsman. Cyril "Bub'' Joseph O'Hearn was born in Dartmouth on October 18,1923 and was the son of Thomas F. and Clemence Maud O'Hearn. Bub loved Dartmouth from the beginning of his childhood and walked every inch of it looking for a frozen pond or lake to skate on. He worked for the Halifax Ship Yard as a machinist apprentice. He started his business career at the age of 23 years old, as on August 2,1947 he opened the first Sports Store in Dartmouth, The Dartmouth Sports Store. He would later go on to open the first Beverage Room, The Corral Coffee Shop, The Port View Restaurant, The Harbour Lights Lounge and then the most popular,Little Nashville, the only Cabaret in Dartmouth. He showcased several celebrity artists over the years and people visited the well known Cabaret from all around the world.
His greatest passion was for sports and he played them all, his favourite being hockey. Bub played in many different hockey leagues, sometimes at the same time. He would go on to win many accomplishments across the different leagues, with his best coming while sharing a line with his brothers, Cecil and Gerald. In the 1945-46 season for The Halifax Ship Yards, he captured the scoring title with 24 goals and 10 assists. His talents caught the eyes of many across the province, with him being offered and taking his talents to play in the South Shore. He would Captain several teams he played for and after his playing career, he coached and refereed his son's teams.
His other love was softball. He organized and was President of several softball leagues. He pitched a one hit shutout game to win the NS Softball Championship Title in 1957. Bub worked with his good friend Bishop Austin Burke and donated ball uniforms and sports equipment to children in need. He was well known for his generosity but never spoke of it. On June 14, 2017 his Dartmouth Industrial Marine Union 1957 Fastball Team was inducted into The Maritime Sport Hall of Fame, reuniting with his fellow teammates.
Bub was an avid golfer, a long time member at Brightwood. In 1975 Bub won the Sam Slick Invitational at Avon Valley, setting a course record with a score of 71.
Bub loved to garden, enjoyed bird watching with his wife Betty and traveled when he could pull himself away from his children. Bub also loved to spend as much time as he could with his grandkids, going by “Grampy”. He had a great sense of humour and knew how to get what he wanted. He decided as a young man he would like to own a convertible so he cut the roof off his car.
Bub was kind and gave selflessly to his family and many others.Totally committed and loving.
To say he will be missed would be an understatement.
Cyril is survived by his daughter Debra O'Hearn-Gray (Greg), son Christopher O'Hearn (Donna) and grandchildren Morgan, Brandon and Carson.
Along with his parents, Bub was predeceased by his loving wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Shupe; three brothers, Buster(Rooney), Cecil, Gerald; three sisters, Marie(Rooney), Marguerite(Rooney) Whebby, and Mary Aldrich.
We would like to thank the VON for the dedicated care provided over the years, especially, Misty. CBI Homecare, Shaun and Matt. Paul Nguyen for his caring visits, Courtney Butler and the wonderful doctors and nurses at The Dartmouth General Hospital.

To remember Bub O'Hearn please help a person in need and be kind.

We as Bub’s children would ask you to take a moment to reflect on a special time you may have shared with our dad.

Play on Dad!

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Dad's, Cyril Bub O'Hearn, funeral will not take place on Thursday May 26. It will be held on Wednesday June 1 at 11:00am at Saint Peters Catholic Church. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for those who were planning to attend.

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  • 05/31/2022

    The memory I'd like to share is one of my earliest. As a child, my elder brother and I grew up a couple doors over from the O'Hearns (on Clearview Crescent). I can still remember Mr. O'hearn coming over to help my grandparents (Cameron & Faye Gaetz) set up the skating rink in our backyard where my brother and I first learned to skate. I'm not sure which was the bigger deal ~ getting our own private skating rink or just the sheer fun of watching my grandfather and Mr. O'Hearn out there with our garden hose flooding our backyard with water .. but I've always fondly remembered both the delight of watching that happen and, Mr. O'Hearns kindness, for coming over and helping erect the barrier walls for our little rink. Warmest regards and heartfelt condolences to Chris, Debbie (and family) at this most difficult time. Cameron-Peter Ballard.

  • 05/26/2022

    Bub was a true gentleman in every way. He always exhibited a positive view of life. I never heard him complain. His love of his family was evident and no one who met him could help but like him. He made this world a better place. It was a privilege and a pleasure to know him. Doug Livingstone

  • 05/24/2022

    Sorry to hear of Bub's passing Debbie and Chris. I have fond memories of both your parents when we were hanging out as young teens on Waverley Road. Derek Near

  • 05/19/2022

    Bub O'Hearn was one of the Business Names of Downtown Dartmouth, along with the Bell Boys, the Mattatalls, and Bill Martin, to name only a few. They were all for the betterment of Dartmouth. I wanted an upgrade on my bike and there was no question where we were going...To see Mr. O'Hearn at the Dartmouth Sports Store. I had saved my money when I was 13 for a CCM Grand Tourismo, 10 speed racing bike. I had it for many years. I remember Mr. O'Hearn looked Grumpy, but once he spoke, it eased my mind. When it came time to pay, I forgot about the tax and he just made the price work. His legend lives on. Dear Debbie, Heather and I feel for you on the loss of your Father. We know with your daily care and making sure he had what he needed, lengthened his life and you made him comfortable as only a kind, loving daughter could. The drives you took him on whether for an appointment, or just to enjoy one an-other's company, were all worth it for both of you. Your black Volvo could be seen at your Father's house most days. Even the last week Bub was in the hospital, you stayed with him night and day at the Dartmouth General. We are thinking of you, Carson and Greg. Condolences to your family. It is times like this that make you realize we should take as much leisure time as can be afforded with our family before it is too late. You Debbie have certainly fulfilled that time. If we could choose 3, A Blue candle for the Water of Lake Charles where his home was, Green Candle for the Grass that led to the Lake and a White candle for the Heavenly Mist that may take Bub's soul to a heavenly place of Peace and Comfort with those that have gone before him. Kim and Heather Conrad

  • 05/18/2022

    My deepest condolences to Bud's family on the loss of your Dad. As a young child I spent many hours in the Dartmouth Sports Store picking out hockey sticks and baseball equipment. Bud and Jerry were always very patient with us and would always counsel us wisely on spending our money. Rest In Peace Mr. O'Hearn Barrie Horne,London, Ont.

  • 05/18/2022

    Our deepest sympathy to Bub's family and many friends. He was a great busnessman and always delightful company. He will be missed. Sincerely. Paul and Denise Rooney ( Buster Rooney's son)

  • 05/18/2022

    Debi and Chris, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. A great Dartmouthian. God Bless. Deb Fullerton

  • 05/17/2022

    Debbie and Chris : So sorry to hear about Your Dad . Bub was one of a kind. I know worked for Bub for 36 years and he always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. He was a wonderful boss and friend.Rest in peace . Brenda and Joe

  • 05/17/2022

    My deepest condolences to the O'Hearn family on the passing of Bub. I have many good early memories of Bub and he was always willing to help when he could. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time. Kenny and Christina O'Hearn

  • 05/17/2022

    Debbie and Chris your dad was one of the good ones he always had a smile and a laugh to share he will be missed our thought's and prayers are with you and your family Fred and Cindy Moir

  • 05/17/2022

    So sorry to hear of Bub's passing, he was a wonderful person and a great business man. Bub gave me my first job sharpening skates way back in 1950, after school and on weekends. RIP Mr. O'Hearn, Dartmouth is a better place because of you.

  • 05/17/2022

    Dear Debbie,Chris and family: Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was a very loving father. He was a Amazing caring man. Love and prayers for you all Cathy Brent Doucette

  • 05/17/2022

    I met Bub a couple times along with Arnie Patterson, yes that's me in the b&w newspaper story. Your dad was a great guy. Sorry for your loss . Reg Giles

  • 05/17/2022

    Our deepest condolences to the O'Hearn Family on the passing of Bub. My Dad and I played many a golf game with Bub over the years at Brightwood. Bub did a lot for the City of Dartmouth and will be remembered by all who knew him, Vern Spicer & Family.

  • 05/17/2022

    Dear Debbie, Christopher and families: Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. It is however comforting to know he is now at peace and reunited with your Mom and the rest of his beloved family. So many memories and it was always a treat to talk with Bub and listen to his many stories. He will be missed but will be with us in spirit forever. Deepest Sympathies, John & Estelle

  • 05/17/2022

    I had the honour of working for Bub in the Dartmouth Sports Store. He was one of the good ones and a great person. So sorry Deddie and Chris for the loss of your father.

  • 05/17/2022

    Dear Debbie, Greg and Family our deepest sympathies are extended to you on the passing of your father. He was a very caring and loving father, always there for you. Love and Prayers, Shirley & Jack Greenough

  • 05/17/2022

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. O Hearn. Purchased a pair of CCM Tacks from the Dartmouth Sport Store and used a new pair of softball ball cleats given to me by Bishop Burke that I am sure came from his store.

  • 05/17/2022

    Rest in peace old friend,you were one of a kind. Terry Iceton

  • 05/17/2022

    Sorry to hear of Bud`s passing ,A lot of water has flown under the bridge since our last meeting,but memories from long ago knowing Bud are nothing but joy. Rest in Peace old friend .Terry Iceton

  • 05/17/2022

    So sorry to hear of Bub's passing. I don't remember him very well, but I know my parents were friends for years and I have shared a few newspaper clippings if the ball team

  • 05/17/2022

    A-One person . Had our wedding reception in the basement of his building . He was a life long friend of the Moir family ( Eric & Angeline ) . Kevin and Isabelle Heffler

  • 05/17/2022

    New Bub from the time I was a young caddie at Brightwood. What a wonderful person who always took time to speak to me and made me feel at ease. I know he will be missed. Condolences to Debbie and Family. Gage Mackintosh

  • 05/17/2022

    My deepest sympathy on the passing of a true Dartmouthian,he was a friend to all who knew him

  • 05/17/2022

    Sending our sincere condolences to all of you. Nellie and Harold had many good times with Bub and Betty both on and off the golf course.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Joan and David Spicer

  • 05/17/2022

    it was an honor to have met and known mr bub ohearn bill mont

  • 05/17/2022

    Oh Debbie and family ..I am thinking of you today..my heart is with you all love Cathy Van Buskirk your old neighbor many memories of living almost next door to you

  • 05/17/2022

    Deepest condolences to the family of the late Cyril "Bub" O'Hearn. David Jenkins

  • 05/15/2022

    Dearest Debi and family. I will always treasure my visits with you and your Dad, and often Carson, when your dad was enjoying his Chickenburger visit. He was such a gentle man, full of love for you and his family and always had a twinkle in his eye. I was so thankful to have met him and enjoyed our little visits.

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