It is with great sadness that the family of George O’Brien, husband of Eleanor (Boyle-Walsh) announce his passing on August 8, 2019 at Bobby’s Hospice at the age of 92. George was born on October 17, 1926 to, in his words “the most wonderful parents anyone could have”, Joseph and Emily O’Brien. He was the eldest of 10 children.
George touched a lot of people who respected and loved him. He was a great story teller, always eager to relate his memories about his early years, both of family and working days.
George spent most of his life working for Irving Pulp & Paper Ltd., managing and later working on special projects for Mr. J.K. Irving, retiring at age 70. Earlier in his career, he and his brother Jerry founded O’Brien Electric.
George loved to travel, both for work and his family. He and his first wife Mary had many trips with the Saint John Art Club, the highlight being a 2 week trip to Russia. Later, he and Eleanor enjoyed many trips to Europe, cruising, bus trips and taking the train across Canada. George always said he had a great life and would not change a thing.
He is survived by his children: David O’Brien (Linda), Susan Galley (Carl) and Christine O’Brien; step-children: Linda Dolan (Terry), Karen Walsh (Kevin), Michael Walsh and Christine Hickey (Frank); brother, Douglas (Ester); sisters: Dianne Bosence (Bruce) and Joan Ervin (Tom) of Petrolia, Ontario along with many nephews, nieces and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (Frauley); a son in infancy; brothers: Jerry, Alfred and Everett; sisters: Margaret Roach, Shirley Vautour and Barbara Jean.
Many thanks for the care given to George by Dr. Lisa Turner, extra mural and Bobby’s Hospice. We appreciate the angels we met along the way.
Resting at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (634-7424), with visitation on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 3:00-8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 am from the Holy Redeemer Parish (St. Pius X) 316 Somerset Street, Saint John. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Bobby’s Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.