Lloyd O'BRIEN

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O'BRIEN, Lloyd Milton
August 5, 1926 – August 31, 2013
Born in Saskatoon, Lloyd was the second youngest of a tight-knit clan of four brothers and seven sisters whose families made his long-time lakeside home on Sicamous' Mara Lake their regular summer vacation destination. Although Lloyd had hoped to follow his father to a career with the CPR, the loss of his left leg in a railway accident at the age of 18 changed the course of his life. From then on, he often had to make his own way, something he proved adept at. After his marriage to Jean Cochran in 1950, the young couple juggled various jobs. For Lloyd, this included driving an ambulance. In 1958, he was dispatched to the scene of the Second Narrows Bridge collapse, where he helped recover the body of a victim who turned out to be one of his best friends. That year, Jean and Lloyd moved to start a new life as owners of Lloyd's Café – later the Sternwheeler – and the Shell station at the strategic Sicamous corner where the new Trans Canada Highway connected to Highway 97A. He became the first ambulance paramedic on that stretch of the highway. The O'Briens sold the Sternwheeler in 1974 and Lloyd became full-time unit chief for the newly-formed BC Ambulance Service in Sicamous, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. After Jean's death in 2002, Lloyd moved to Kamloops before settling at Harrison Pointe in Langley in 2010. He was the first resident in this assisted living facility and his community-building skills were once again much in evidence. Lloyd's last year was dominated by the challenge of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which finally overcame him. He is survived by his daughter Jan (Geoff Meggs) and their daughters Caitlin Meggs and Claire Meggs; his son Jack (Colleen Murphy); and his son Rodger (Michelle) and their children: Jacob O'Brien (Jenn), Matt O'Brien (Heather), Elizabeth Briner (John), Abigail Rae (Michael), Seth O'Brien (Hannah), Esther Maloney (Scott) and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Rodger and Gordon, both of whom joined him at Harrison Pointe in Langley; his sister Dorothy Taylor, of Langley; sister Earla Kerr Smith, of Victoria; and brother Pat O'Brien, of Kamloops. A celebration of Lloyd's life will be held Sunday, September 8, at 1 p.m. at the Langley Senior Resource Centre, 20605 – 51B Ave., Langley.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2013
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