In memory of

Blanche O'Brien

April 29, 1933 -  November 16, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Blanche Elizabeth O’Brien (nee LaValley), November 16, at her home in Pickering. Blanche was an RCAF veteran who served overseas between 1958 and 1961 with 2 Fighter Wing at Grostenquin, France as a Flight Officer Nurse. Upon her return from overseas, she was, at various times, a private duty nurse, a sales executive with both Sarah Coventry Jewelry and Grolier Canada, owner and proprietor of Child’s Play Books, and a nursing unit manager at Toronto East General Hospital. When her health permitted, she enjoyed golf, needlepoint, and, in her younger days, curling. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Terrance, her parents, Louie and Eliza (nee Cameron), her older brother Ray (Verna), her younger brother Don (Thelma), brothers-in-law Jack Fox and Dwight Blair, and nephews Corporal Darren Fox and Darrell LaValley. She leaves behind her brother Glen (Gladys), her sisters Carole, Marie, and Joyce (Louie LaPaire), brothers-in-law Robert (Bonnie Sue) and David (Doug) O'Brien, her sons James, and Sean (Allison), grandchildren Cameron and Bridget, and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening at Simple Alternative Funerals in Pickering, 1057 Brock Road, L1W 3T7, from 5:30 to 8:30. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Blanche's name to a cancer research organization or support charity, or animal rescue organization of your choice.


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Chris Cammidge (Family friend)

Entered November 20, 2018 from Toronto

Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the Hunt, O'Brien and extended families. I am honored to have met and worked alongside such a fine woman. Her strength of character and unwavering conviction were inspiring and will always be remembered. I as well as others are better for having known her.

Marie and Dean Fox (Sister and nephew)

Entered November 21, 2018 from Kelowna BC

My dear family, It is with a heavy heart I write this sending my deepest sympathy.
Blanche was my oldest sister, I will miss her. Though distance keeps us apart my heart is with you . I'm so sorry that you are going through this and I know it is never easy . Sending love and hugs

Carole LaValley (Sister)

Entered November 21, 2018 from Maple Ridge, BC

Condolences and prayers to all of Blanche's family. Blanche was my oldest sister and although we were apart, she was a part of me. I cherish the memories as you will for they never leave us. I pray that God helps you through this time of sorrow as she will be missed by many.

Keith and Beth Rowsell (Friends of Sean)

Entered November 21, 2018 from Cannings Cove NL

Sean, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother, it sounds as if she led a very interesting life.We are thinking of you and hope to see you again before too long.
Kind regards, Keith & Beth