Tony O'Brien

Tony O'Brien

Friday, December 18th, 1959 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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O’Brien Tony

Tony was the keystone of his family, a man filled with generosity who dedicated his life to the happiness of those who surrounded him. He passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October the 3rd at the age of 60. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, son, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife Lesley, his children Neil, Spencer, and Courtney, his grandchildren Ryder, Max, and Lennon and his siblings Marta, Kandice, and Vincent.

He was selfless, loving, kind, and made a positive impact on all those who were lucky enough to know him. No matter how you knew Tony, he was always there to lend a hand. He coached any sport you could and was a mentor to all. He loved to golf, spend time with his grandchildren, and to connect with lifelong friends. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and to spoil his wife, always thinking of others first. Above all else, Tony was a family man and leaves behind a legacy of caring, kindness, and unmatched love. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Friday from 10:30-12:30. (Covid Protocols will be strictly enforced).
Private family service will follow in the Barnes Chapel Friday afternoon.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 12:30pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private Family Service
    Philip J.W. Smith
  • Interment

    Pioneer Cemetery
    Columbus Rd. E.
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Donations are being accepted for: Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation of Canada.


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Posted at 12:37pm
We were blessed to know Tony in his professional capacity as a supporter of Canada's start up community. Always positive and warm wearing a huge smile, after our first meeting Tony quickly became a favourite. For three years, we looked forward to his annual visits to workshops and boot camps across Canada. Tony conveyed, in word and deed, his deep respect and reverence for Veterans. Even after the sponsorship ended, Tony continued to be part of our network and was a valuable resource to us and Veterans. While I didn't know Tony for long or very well, I will remember him. Tony always had time for people. It was quite a magical thing to watch and experience how he made people feel.

Michael Ruane

Posted at 08:17pm
I think of Tony every year on this date. I smile as I recall seeing his picture in the Toronto Star and the underlining caption that identified him as father of the "First baby of the year". The specific year escapes me, but mid 80's cant be too far off. He looked so proud. We worked together at Centreville in the late 70's when the world was our oyster. Tony was such a kind soul. That he went on to live such a full life and impact so many is such a positive way would have been easy to predict, even then. I was so saddened to find this page instead of the birth notice of so many years ago that I was searching for. Godspeed Mostyn

Richard Purdy

Posted at 11:23am
Hello O’Brien family. I only just heard about the passing of Tony. I have been retired from the Insurance business for 8 years. During the last decade of my career, I had the pleasure of meeting and spending business time with Tony. He was a terrific person, a good insurance man and a guy who was fun to be with. I am very sorry for your loss and I apologize for not sending my condolences sooner. My caring thoughts are with you as I write this note. Rick Purdy Waterloo Ontario Dec26, 2020.

Kirk Allen

Posted at 12:12pm
On behalf of all of Tony’s friends on the Franchise Support Services / Supplier (FSS) Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association, where Tony served as chairman, please accept our deepest condolences. Tony's leadership and guidance, not to mention his witty sense of humour, will be greatly missed.

Julia Deans

Posted at 05:55pm
This is very sad and shocking news. I met Tony when I was at Futurpreneur Canada. He was a warm, generous and incredibly supportive partner and his contributions helped many young people start businesses right across our country. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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