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We are saddened to announce the passing of Barry O'Brien. Born August 25, 1935 in Toronto, he died peacefully on March 20, 2021, at the age of 85.
Barry, a kind and generous man started his working career with Bell Telephone on the lines and then finished his career with the Toronto Transit Commission. Shortly after retiring, Barry and his wife, Patricia moved to the Village by the Arboretum community in Guelph, where he enjoyed his many friends and sense of community. In his younger years, he was happiest spending time at the family cottage on Farlain Lake, frequent family trips to Florida, and special dinners with family and friends. Later in life he also enjoyed Third Age Learning lectures, which supported his desire to learn and broaden his perspective.
Barry is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Patricia (nee Wallbank), his daughter, Kathryn and his grandson, Luke. He will be fondly remembered by his extended family and friends.
Donations can be made to The SEED - Community Food Project

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Published in Guelph Mercury Tribune on May 19, 2021.
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May 21, 2021
Considered a member of our family,
Uncle Barry was an integral part our lives. From childhood memories of Florida, Queen's Plate races and family dinners, to the emcee at our wedding and encouragement and support through it all. We will miss him very much.
Rest in peace.
Love, Sandi, Grant, Cameron and Megan Oliver
Sandra Oliver
May 20, 2021
I have known Barry for many years.
I have always treasured his friendship and will miss him dearly.
He was a very gentle and loving man.
We have enjoyed his and Pat's company over the years with frequent outings and family dinners.
We will miss him.
Rest in peace.

Tom and Jeannine Clarke
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