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Frank John O'Brien

April 6, 1949 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Frank O'Brien Obituary

Frank O’Brien, a long-time resident of the Sunshine Coast for over 30 years, loved working remotely and telecommuting while raising a family and creating a life where others vacationed.

He passed away on December 1st, 2023 following a brief battle with cancer at Sechelt hospital.

He was an editor and senior real estate writer with Glacier Media. His career and passion never led his writing and editing skills astray. He embraced all challenges in his career and life with a vengeance to be the best he could always be. O’Brien’s personable demeanor and dedication to his work continued until a few days before he entered critical care, managing to complete the December issue of Western Investor.

O’Brien was born in Almonte, Ontario, in 1949, the eldest son of eight children. After graduating from Algonquin College in the early 1970s, he soon headed west, drawn by the West Coast's temperate climate and beaches. For many years, his family recalls, he was the first one to swim in the spring, and last to dip in the ocean in the winter.

Frank was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and great-uncle who loved and embraced his family and friends worldwide.

Frank’s words and songs will remain as an eternal tide of memories, touching the hearts of those who were fortunate to share in his passion and love for life,

O’Brien was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Frances O’Brien, and his sisters Rita (Ron) and Cathy. He is survived by his wife Charon, son Kevan (Eva) and daughter Dominique (Casey) Gruber and grandchildren Jack, Reed and Kirby Gruber, as well as his sisters Marie (Jim), Pat (Ken) and Noreen (Peter), and brothers, Larry and Gary (Maggie) and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the doctors, nurses and staff of Sechelt Hospital for their assistance. A memorial service will be held in spring 2024. 

Frank was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and great uncle who loved and embraced his family and friends worldwide.

Frank’s words and songs will remain as an eternal tide of memories, touching the hearts of those who were fortunate to share in his passion and love for life,

O’Brien was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Frances O’Brien, and his sisters Rita (Ron) and Cathy. He is survived by his wife Charon, son Kevan (Eva) and daughter Dominique (Casey) Gruber and grandchildren Jack, Reed and Kirby Gruber, as well as his sisters Marie (Jim), Pat (Ken) and Noreen (Peter), and brothers, Larry and Gary (Maggie) and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the doctors, nurses and staff of Sechelt Hospital for their assistance, especially with the wedding the day before Frank passed away. A memorial service will be held in spring 2024. 

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