Joe O'Brien

Died: Wed., May 24, 2017

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Joseph Wayne O'Brien  
November 4th, 1954 -May 24th, 2017
A resident of Manitowaning.
Died peacefully at Manitoulin Health Centre, on Wednesday, at the age of 62.
Predeceased by parents Marion and Harold O'Brien.
Beloved husband of Cheryl O'Brien.
Loved by his fur baby Buddy.
Dear brother of
Arnold (Michelle), Austin, Donald (Barb predeceased), Perry (predeceased) and Patrick.
Special brother in law of Calvin McCulligh,
Remembered by Cathy and Casey and many other nieces and nephews

Family and friends will gather at    
Knox United Church, Manitowaning for a Memorial Service at 11:00am on Saturday May 27th, 2017.
Donations to  MHC Aux., Mindemoya Hospital Aux or the Manitowaning Clinic would be greatly appreciated.  Island Funeral Home can only accept cheques for all charitable donations.
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Diana & Williard Pyette
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Our sincere condolences to Joe's family, he put up a great fight.

Judy Moggy
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Cheryl, he fought a long and hard battle. Now he is in a better place, pain free. Keep remembering all the good times. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sandra Pope and family
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Cheryl: We have many happy memories of Joe, whether at the Arena, the dump, the many jobs or riding around in the truck on garbage day. Despite failing health, he tried to keep positive.
You are in our thoughts in the days ahead.

Doug and Bonny Kilgour
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
We send our condolences to all the family at this very sad time.

Blair & Marion Thompson
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Deepest Sympathy Cheryl and to all of the Family

Linda McGillis
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Cheryl, & the O'Brien family,
My deepest Sympathy in your loss of Joe. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Cheryl White and family
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Cheryl my heart just breaks for you. I am so very sorry. Joe was a good man and good neighbour. Just remember all the good memories you made with Joe and hold them dear. I am here for you if you need any thing or just want to talk. I have been where you are now. Take care girl.

Barb Schneider
   Posted Thu May 25, 2017
Deepest sympathy to you and the family.

Janice and Dan Bowerman
   Posted Thu May 25, 2017
Our condolences to Cheryl and the whole O'Brien family. I met Joe when we first moved to Manitowaning as he worked for my parents at the Wayside. He was a hard worker his whole life and was always laughing. The Arena will always be associated with Joe as the rink guy, to the dump, and many other jobs. Joe will be missed around town and our thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Larry And Shelley Killens
   Posted Thu May 25, 2017
Cheryl as you know Joey was one of those unique personalities that are huge part of any community..... known by everyone, liked by everyone, and the thread of a communities life that ties it all together. Joey could bring a smile on a rainy day and do things that just made one stop and notice him in a good way. Testimony to his commitment to his community was evident in his days at the arena.... I am sure he worked hours without pay and his devotion to kids was without boundaries. He did it all.... He even trained George Pennie and we all know what a chore that would have been... Cheryl please know we share your loss. probably not to the depth you have been privilege to but know the moments that he probably challenged your patience to the celebrations of the moments that brought you to love him.

Sharlene and Jim
   Posted Thu May 25, 2017
Condolences to the family He suffered a long hard battle and now he is free of all the pain

Sandra DeMey (Brandow)
   Posted Thu May 25, 2017
Cheryl, my condolences to you and your family. Growing up as a child we would see Joey and his brothers periodically on Sundays when Marion and Harold would come visit us. He was famous for speaking quite rapidly and was very humorous. These are the memories I will hold dear to my heart. Hope you find peace and keep his memories dear to your heart.
RIP Joey

Peggy Kolppanen
   Posted Thu May 25, 2017
when I first arrived at your parents it was you,Joe-Joe, that made me feel welcome. I tagged along everywhere with you...showing me the ins and outs of the arena..hit a deer with the new car...garbage runs, everything. You were a "buffer" between your mom and me,cause lets face it I pushed the limits a lot, you saved my butt a lot. You made me laugh, feel welcomed and safe and for that I am grateful. My condolences to the family.

Mike Kerr
   Posted Thu May 25, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Mike has many fond memories of Seph. Mike and Carmen Kerr.

   Posted Fri May 26, 2017
Sending our condolences to the O'Brien family. On behalf of the Morrell family (Betty Jean Brandow).

Fred and Bev Pickard
   Posted Fri May 26, 2017

Warren And Yolande Mskell
   Posted Fri May 26, 2017
Our deepest condolences. He fought hard right to the end. It was a good to have him as a neighbour.

Gerald & Dorothy
   Posted Sat May 27, 2017
Joe, you were a good friend and we will miss you

Lynn & Norma Hughson
   Posted Sat May 27, 2017
Sending Cheryl and family the deepest Sympathy in your loss of Joe.

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