Patrick O'Brien

Obituary
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Aug 20, 1936 - May 17, 2013

Paddy passed away at home surrounded by loved ones after a lengthy battle with Multiple Myeloma. Predeceased by his eldest son Clarence Daniel "Clancy", survived by his brother Mike, his wife Janice of 56 years, 5 children: Tom (Deb), Kathy (Clayton), Terry (Lori), Tricia, Denny (Sandra), 10 grandchildren: Dustin (Dayna), James (Des), Huey, Bud (Alex), Dylan, Sammy, Annie, Amy, Riley, Lindsay and 2 great granddaughters Kyla and Julia.

Born and raised in North Vancouver where he attended Capilano Elementary School with life long friends, Frank Kettner and Al Devitt, Dad spent many days exploring the Capilano River where he developed a passion for fishing. He loved the outdoors: gardening, puttering around the yard and going for walks. Most of all, Dad loved being with his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

As a young man, Dad worked as a ranch hand on the Spencer Ranch at Pavilion. In the late 50s, he started driving dump trucks for Pete Massina and Don Glessing. He then became a line hauler for O'Conner Transport and later drove 35 years for Ranger Transport through three different owners, Don Read, Ken Cunningham and finally Len Kane. He was known as a heavy haul specialist, working throughout BC in his Old Hayes truck. He will be missed by the many friends he came to know over the years. Retiring in 2000, Dad loved working on the old trucks as a volunteer at the Teamsters Truck Museum and Archives where many new friendships were formed.

You will be in our hearts forever.

Truck Driver Emeritus. Keep on trucking, Dad.

Paddy's family would like to thank all the staff at Lions Gate Hospital, as well as a special thanks to Dr. Eric Brisco and staff, for their many years of care. There will not be a public service. If desired, donations to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. https://www.lghfoundation.com/tribute/tribute-webpage.aspx?tid=83
Published in The North Shore News from May 24 to June 22, 2013
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