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Ronald Edward O'BRIEN

Ronald Edward O'BRIEN

Ronald Edward O’Brien, age 86, of Truro, passed peacefully on February 24th, 2019, at the Mira Long Term Care Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Edward and Rita O’Brien. He will be forever
remembered and loved by his wife of 37 years, Hilda (Anderson), his sons Bill (Kim) and Robert (Inga) and daughter Patty (Jim) Reid. He is survived by his loving sister, Donna Ferguson of Halifax, and brother-in-law’s, Bob McInnes of Cleveland, Ohio and Frank Luxford of Trenton, Ontario. He also leaves behind his step-son Michael (Catherine) Kiley and step-daughter, Luanne Kiley and families, his grand-daughters, Melody, Kassie, Katie (Kyle), Jody (Jon-David), Molly, and Linnaea, and his great grand-children, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, June McInnes of Cleveland, Ohio and Betty Luxford of Trenton, Ontario. In the 1950’s Ronnie decided, as a young man, to leave his hometown of Truro to seek new adventures and employment opportunities elsewhere. Like most of his friends, he first went to Ontario but then made the decision to embark on a career with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) where he would remain for 25 years. He worked as an Avionics Technician on Canada’s fleet of McDonnell F-101 Voodoo Jet Fighters and was later stationed on a Canadian Navy Supply Ship where he was responsible for the maintenance of Sikorsky Sea King Helicopters. Over the years, his military career took him to many parts of the world, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Russia. Upon retirement Ronnie worked as an Aircraft Technician with IMP at the Halifax International Airport. His life-long love of aviation continued well into his 70’s when he became one of the oldest students at the Debert Flying School to obtain his Recreational Pilot’s License. He loved not only his days flying, but also had a great affinity for the sea. He built himself a sail boat and owned a lobster boat that fished out of Wallace, Nova Scotia. He spent many pleasant summers at the family cottage in Malagash, boating and fishing with his children, Bill, Rob and Patty. He had a great love for the Bay of Fundy, the Northumberland Strait, and the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia where many family memories were shared. He was a wealth of information on local history, and it was always a joy to listen to his many stories. Ronnie also had an affinity for not only beach combing in Parrsboro but also hunting for treasures with his wife at local auctions and antique stores. Ronnie will be forever loved and greatly missed by his wife Hilda, his family, and friends. A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Mira Long Term Care Centre for your care and support. There will be no service at his request. Donations in his memory can be made to the Colchester SPCA. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro where online condolences may be made by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

 
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