Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS


Luna Frances O'Brien

April 29, 1923November 1, 2019

Luna Frances O’Brien (nee MacDonald) 96 passed away November 1,2019 at Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home, Halifax.

She was born April 29,1923 in Sherbrooke,NS to the late Joseph and Christena MacDonald. She was a member of the RCAF Aircraft Detection Corps during WWII. She moved to Halifax to attend business college. It was in Halifax where she met her husband,Dennis and brought up her 5 children. She worked at Imperial/Montell Advertising agencies as well as a short time with MT&T. Luna loved vacationing with her family in Sherbrooke. In later years she travelled afar to Europe, Florida and throughout Canada and the US with friends and family. Whenever there was music on you could be sure to find her dancing.

She is survived by sons: David (Debbie), Kenneth (Jo-Anne), Peter; daughter: Karen (Harvey) Stone; grandchildren: Jackie, Kris, Sandy, Scott, Emilie, Katie, Kenneth, Nathan, Beth, Tracy, Melissa, Denise, Candice, Dylan; great grandchildren: Emmylou, Lukas, Haydee, Austin, Logan, Molly, Tate, Evie, Lilah, Ariel, Cayson, Elliot, Eli, Cohen, Zander, Josie, Hilary, Jachob, Austin, Noah, Everleigh

She is predeceased by her parents; her husband Dennis; her daughter Pamela (Jack) Fortune; brothers: Clarence, Kenneth (Gloria); sisters: Annie, Christena (Reeve) Wilson

We would like to thank the staff of The Berkeley, the Infirmary (7th and 8th floors), Arborstone, and Saint Vincent’s for their help and care of our mother over the last few years.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 14th from 2-4 & 6-8 at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax where Funeral Service will also be held on Friday, November 15th at 1 pm with reception to follow. Burial will follow at Gates of Heaven Cemetary in Lower Sackville.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s and Cancer Societies.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Reception Friday, November 15, 2019


Luna Frances O'Brien

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Fiona Heylings

November 14, 2019

I am so sorry that I cannot attend today’s service.
I just thought I would send this lovely photograph of Aunt Luna with her sisters, Annie and Tena, with their lifelong friend, Marion. 2006

Katie Swan

November 14, 2019

Visit to Grandma at the Berkeley in 2015

Fiona Heylings

November 13, 2019

To all of Aunt Luna’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren go our deepest sympathies on the loss of Luna. You will all have your own special memories of this kind, cheerful, patient, fun-loving, understanding and, it has to be said, multitasker!
I’m sure she will be sadly missed by many family and friends.
My memories go back many years to when my Mother, Tena, Luna’s younger sister, and I stayed in your Bright Street home and at Sherbrooke for many months in 1964/5. All the family made us so welcome, allowing us to join your household in every way. I remember it as a wonderful time for me. I bet you were glad to get your space back though!
We were part of your family over the decades with letters, photographs, Christmas gifts exchanged as well as visits across the Atlantic. I particularly remember a photo of Luna and Dennis in London with some Punk Rockers sporting spiked hair and safety pins!
Simon and I visited approx 1980 and received the same warm welcome. We met up with my lovely cousins and travelled with Luna and Dennis all over Nova Scotia. Grande Pre, Peggy’s Cove,
Cape Breton Island, and, of course, Sherbrooke. We visited the zoo as well!
My Mother and Father had a wonderful visit with all of you and some much older friends and family. This meant a great deal to them.
The visit that was perhaps the most special was in 2006 when we brought Tena, who was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, to visit for the last time. Aunt Luna took care of us all again. Auntie Anne and their dear friend Marion were still alive. I like to think that the four of them had a wonderful time together.
Aunt Luna always so generous with her love and care.
Luna’s passing marks the loss of the last MacDonald siblings and their memories. The end of an era that is impossible to hold on to.
Our memories of them we will share and cherish
Our love to all of you at this sad time and for the future.
Simon, Fiona, Ursula and William

Candice Stone

November 12, 2019

Grandma meeting her newest great-granddaughter, Everleigh Rose, summer of 2018 at her favorite place, Sherbrooke. ❤
Love you grandma.