Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien

Saturday, October 23rd, 1948 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Peacefully, surrounded by family at Hospice Peterborough on Monday October 12, 2020, in his 72nd year. Mike was the beloved son of the late James O’Brien and Muriel O’Brien (nee Brooks). Long time partner of Janine McDonald. Cherished Father to Leahann O’Brien (Teri Windley), and Miranda O’Brien (Rob Audette). Loved as a Father by Michael McDonald (Ashley Staudt) and Nicholas McDonald. Proud Grandpa to Lyla; as well as Ethan, Zoey, Kayden, Sawyer, and Max who also loved him as Big Mike. Loving brother of Sharon Weston (Wayne), John O’Brien, Ade O’Brien (Paulette), Brian O’Brien, Andy O’Brien, as well as the late Jim and Patsy O’Brien, and Susie Harron (Art). Mike will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Mike was born and raised in Peterborough and went on to have a successful career in industrial sales at Canadian Bearings and Motion Canada until retirement. He was a long-time member of the Falcon Flyers Hockey Club and was a devoted Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Blue Jays fan.

Most important to Mike were relationships and the people in his life. He made sure to let them know through his care and love for his family and friends. He always made time for them, and showed up ready to lend a helping hand for whatever they needed. The things he loved to do, always included the people he loved to be with. He enjoyed family vacations in Orlando with spaghetti dinners, pre Christmas visits in Ottawa with a celebratory eggnog, cozy campfires in Port Perry listening to Neil Diamond, family reunions and get togethers with his siblings, summer trips to the cottage with Carolans in his coffee and breakfast caesars, winter horseshoes in Keswick, a game of crib or euchre with a margarita on the back deck, spending time with the folks at the Puck ‘N Pint for a few pops, barbecuing dinner no matter what season it was, making the perfect poached eggs, road trips with friends to see Baseball, Hockey, and Grey Cup games. He never missed an opportunity to celebrate St. Paddy’s day with a Guinness.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Hospice Peterborough for their remarkable care and support.

Memorial visiting will be held at the Community Alternative Funeral Home, Ashburnham Chapel, 840 Armour Road on Saturday October 24, from 2 - 5pm. A celebration of life will follow at a later date, to be announced. If desired, donations to Hospice Peterborough are welcome.

DUE TO COVID 19 REGULATIONS, REGISTRATION FOR VISITATION IS REQUIRED and you may RSVP on Michael’s obituary page at or by calling 705 740 0444.
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Love, Katrian, Kayden, Sawyer and Max and Caiti, Travis, Marie and Steve sent flowers to the family of Michael O'Brien.
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In the bonds of sisterhood, Leah Jochim

Posted at 07:11pm
My heartfelt condolences to the O'Brien family. I hope the trinity of trees help honor Michael's life and ease your sense of loss in some small way.

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Miranda O’Brien Posted at 08:26pm

Leah that’s so very kind and means so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ♥️♥️♥️

Anne Brooks

Posted at 12:07pm
We were deeply saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
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Love, Katrian, Kayden, Sawyer and Max

Posted at 06:08pm
Big Mike will remain in our hearts forever.
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Roger Howson, Beth and Brian Smith

Posted at 11:38am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Posted at 06:04am
One of the nicest people we've ever known. RIP Mike. Love from all the Golledges xxx
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