Mr. William "Bill" Percy O'Brien

17 June, 19482 May, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William Percy O'Brien of Newmarket on Sunday, May 2, 2021. He is survived by his wife Linda O'Brien (Kinna) and his four daughters; Christine Bruce (Neil), Jenny Black (Cameron), Lauren O'Brien (Mike McArdle) and Catherine Olsson (Dan). He is predeceased by his parents Shirley and Wilbert O'Brien and his brother Steven O'Brien and survived by his sister Shirley-Anne Humick. He will be dearly missed by all.

Live streaming of the funeral will be on Friday, May 7th at 4:30 p.m. on the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home website with a link for picture viewing of the memorable moments of Bill's life. Please feel free to share your memories of Bill in the guestbook on the website. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.

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Mr. William "Bill" Percy O'Brien

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Holly Wheelan

7 May 2021

Dear Linda and family,

I have so many memories of Bill and the O’Brien family growing up. Their home was my second home growing up and I have been reminiscing this week on all the great ones.
Bill made the best eggs and toast, would always say hi dear when I either called or walked in the room, he would be at the kitchen table with his house coat on, reading the newspaper with his coffee, I remember us kids hanging around his clothing store and then florist shop, I fondly remember Linda and Bill having a beautiful dinner together in the family room after we were all fed and off to play.
Many great memories shared for sure and appreciate them all.

Laura Bradshaw

7 May 2021

Our deepest condolences for your loss. It was such a lovely service and it was so nice hearing and seeing all the memories.

Sending our love,

Laura Bradshaw, Nicholas, Logan and Baby Tsantsoulas

Robert Steckley

7 May 2021

Dear Linda & Family:
From our family to yours, our heart felt condolences for your loss of a truly wonderful husband, father, grand-father and friend to so many. We will remember the good times shared over the years here in Pamona Valley and for the wonderful sense of humor & quick whit Bill possessed. We feel your loss and want you to know our thoughts are with you now and moving forward. We wish we could be there in person to offer our support but please know we are with you all.
All our love,
Diane, Robert & the entire Steckley Family

Sarah Peck

7 May 2021

Growing up, Bill and Linda were dubbed as my "second parents". I have so many memories of cottaging, trips to mcdonald's, hanging out in the florist shop, cruising around in the cadillac, friday night steak and ceasar salad dinners, halloween parties, watching my mom and Bill dominate as euchre partners and always being greeted by a "hello dear!" My heart goes out to Linda and his girls as he will be missed so much. Wish I could be there in person to give you all hugs xo

Gaynor McCredie

7 May 2021

Dear Linda and Family - Terry and I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to you all. As "new" neighbours we did not know Bill very long but it was always a pleasure sharing hellos and messages across the fence. Thanks to Bill for telling Terry he did " a great job' painting the deck!
Please take care of one another and remember Linda we are just a "fence" away if you need us, Terry and Gaynor

Kathy, Dave Peck

6 May 2021

We will always remember and cherish the fun times we shared together as families. Temagami, Stoney Lake, Collingwood and of course Thornhill. It's a wonder we didn't become professional Euchre players.
Wishing we could all be together in person to celebrate Bill's life and share in both the sadness and the many humorous moments over our long friendship.
We love you.
Kathy and Dave

Susan Bruce

6 May 2021

I always sensed that Bill and I shared a unique connection; Bill, the only guy in a family with 5 women and I, the only female in a family with 5 men. Bill got his boy dog and I got my girl dog. Then the grandchildren came along. Bill was blessed with 4 more lovely girls. He jokingly told his sons-in- law that he would give up his prized antique car for a grandson and his loving family gave him three. He will be missed by all.

David & Deena Levitt

5 May 2021

Dear Linda & family,
Deena and I are very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We bought your house almost eight ago and on walks we still to this day have neighbours ask about Bill and how he is. He sounds like a wonderful man and he will be very missed.