Barbara O’Brien

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our family rock, Barbara Marie O’Brien (nee VanNeck) on February 4, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her parents Leon VanNeck (2001) and Irene VanNeck (nee Nourse, 2000) and her brothers James VanNeck (2016) and Gary VanNeck (2016).

Barbara is survived by her husband Duncan O`Brien, her children Tim O`Brien, Susan O`Brien Drew (Patrick) and Kelly O`Brien Dale (Greg) and by many nieces and nephews.

Barb`s greatest passion was her pets, gardening and travelling with family but her grandchildren Lauren, Connor, Ryan and Logan were her greatest joy. Family was what mattered most to Barb.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the 4th floor at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for their exceptional care of Mom in her final days.

As per her wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date. If you would like to make a donation in Barb`s honour, she would have appreciated if you would support her favourite charities; the Chatham-Kent Pet & Wildlife Rescue or the Alzheimer`s Society.


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Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Barb, we are out of the Country and did not have access to internet until today. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this very difficult time. She was a great lady.

Our sincere condolences Dunc. and family. The Higginbotham family will make a donation in memory of Barbara.

Heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time. Sincerely, Eleanor Story and children Janet (Story) Guralski, Paul Story, Karen Story, and Allan Story.

Dunc and Family: We wish to pass along our very sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time

So saddened to hear of your loss to the families

Dunc, Susan, Tim, Kelly and families, thoughts are with you all during this Sad time, may She Rest In Peace.

Our deepest sympathy to the O'Brien family on the passing of Barb. Barb was a wonderful ,lovely, fun loving gal .Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. She will be missed.

Our deepest sympathy to the O'Brien family on the passing of Barb. Barb was a wonderful ,lovely, fun loving gal .Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. She will be missed.

Thinking of you all and praying for strength and peace for the days ahead. Cherish the memories.

so very sorry for your loss.

Kelly, Duncan, Susan, and Tim: So sorry to hear of Barb's passing. I have many fond memories of her and the time spent at the house on Regent when Kelly and I were kids. I will keep you all in my thoughts. Marcie.

So sad to hear of Barb's passing. It is very hard to lose your best friend, your wife , Mother and Grandmother The confidant you always sought out. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Draw strength from your friends and memories..

Duncan, Tim, Sue and Kelly What do you say about a woman who's been the best supporter for you for most of your life? I can think of many...but to me I would say she's been my rock for the last 30 years! Barb, you have certainly filled those shoes just like mom would have. I will miss you dearly. Cherish all the memories you have, as memories are made for a reason. Love you all.

Dunc, Susan, Tim, Kelly and families, May you find comfort in your precious memories. Thinking of you all. Sincerely, Ted and Brenda.

I was so saddened to hear of Barb's passing. We had so many long talks,,and laughs,,and at time tears.,,she was such a great blessing when my own mother passed,, and I grew to love her sense of humour,, and the time we shared together,, she at times became a second mother to me,, and I will miss her,, I just wish I could have got past my own frailities to spend more time with her.. again,, my thoughts and prayers go out to Dunc and the family,,

Very Sorry