O’Brien, John William “Bill”

O’Brien – John William “Bill” of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, January 30th at University Hospital in London, in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen “Kay” (Davis) O’Brien and dearly loved father of Jerry (Susan) of St. Thomas , Cathy Medcalf (Don) of Calgary, the late Mary Ellen O’Brien  and Tim O’Brien (Cathy) of Poplar Hill.  Dear brother of the late Helen Sawyer, Austin O’Brien (Marilyn), the late Joe O’Brien, Bob O’Brien (Donna), the late Edward O’Brien and the late Bernard O’Brien. Sadly missed by ten grandchildren – Jamie (Raemie) O’Brien, Kate (Ron) Lampman, Shannon (Mark) Payne, Matthew O’Brien (Chrisy), Amy  (Rockson) Yoo, Molly (Adam) Robertson , Mark Medcalf, Julie (Matt) Cossette, Bridget and Meghan O’Brien.  A much loved GG to his seven great- grandchildren – Maddie, Will, Regan, Andrew, Sadie, Alexandra and Molly. Bill was born in Glanworth on June 23, 1923, the son of the late William Patrick and Stella (Gallagher) O’Brien. Bill was a life-long member of Holy Angels’ Church and a former member of the St Thomas Curling Club. For over forty years, Dad was employed as a bricklayer with the Michigan Central Railway, Har-Mac Construction and the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. Throughout his many years of retirement, he enjoyed his grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ activities in school, sports and the theatre. His “shuffle” and card playing expertise was developed at his “second home” – the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre. Not enough can be said about his valued friends at The Centre – whether they be his numerous dance partners or his card playing buddies. No one he met could ever deny Dad’s infectious love for life.  And while statues will not be built or streets will not be named in his honour, his legacy will rest with his large, loving family who will never forget him.

The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Monday, February 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.  Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Monday at 2:00 p.m.  Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Church on Tuesday, February 2 at 1:30 P.M.  Internment to follow in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Remembrances may be made to the Ontario Epilepsy Foundation and the STEGH Foundation Building Fund. Condolences may be sent to ahughson@execulink.com

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