In memory of

Iris Constance O'Brien

March 21, 1924 -  February 15, 2020

O’Brien, Iris Constance (nee McDonald)

1924 – 2020

Passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in her 96th year. She was predeceased by her husband Tom O’Brien and is survived by her sister Allanah Howe. She will be greatly missed by her children Malcolm (Susan), Lee and Tara (Bruce). Beloved Granny to Grace (James), Darshan (Rachelle), Alexis (Craig), Drew, Erin, Colin (Justin) and Great Granny to Izabella. Iris was a proud RCAF Veteran in WWII. Longtime member of Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 258. Visitation will be held at The Simple Alternative Pickering Chapel (1057 Brock Road., 905-686-5589) on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am with the service to follow at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Iris’ memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society.


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denise howe (favourite niece)

Entered February 18, 2020

(Added the favourite part because she would have loved that.) When I think of Aunty Iris I hear clicks, as in the tapping of her high heels; she was rarely without her stilettos which made her a very chic aunt indeed. I see sparkles, as we would always try to guess which brooch she would be wearing. She had some real beauties. And I embrace her laughter, as she was always quick with a great story either about one of the kids (her horses) or one of her kids (her kids). She loved her old movies, her family and her pets and her parties although perhaps, sometimes, not in that particular order.
Thanks for being you, Aunty Iris. You will always be the best.

Jim Whelan (Nephew)

Entered February 18, 2020 from Cremona, Alberta

Mel, Lee and Tara,
Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time!

Jim Whelan

Susan Gohm (Daughter in law)

Entered February 20, 2020

Malcolm and I had been dating a few months when he brought me home to meet his parents. Malcolm usually dressed in blue jeans and tye dyed t-shirts, so I was expecting his parents to be dressed in casual attire. Wow was I surprised to see Tom in a sports jacket, dress shirt and tie and Iris wearing a smart suit, 3 inch high heels lots of jewelry. I whispered to Malcolm, that perhaps he was adopted! As I got to know them better, I realized that Iris always looked sensational. They welcomed me into their home and lives with love. I always enjoyed spending time with Iris and it is an honour to have known her