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O’BRIEN, Gerald (Jerry) Francis

April 19, 1951 – Corner Brook, Newfoundland
September 30, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Jerry O’Brien, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the age of 67 years.

Jerry’s work in the Oil and Gas Industry took him all over the world. He had a lifelong passion for riding motorcycles, he loved to ride and did so as often as he could. Jerry never turned down an opportunity to play golf. He loved the game and was a great golfer.

Jerry will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his many friends.

Jerry was predeceased by his father Ronald O’Brien and his mother Margaret O’Brien.

A Celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Jerry O’Brien, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Lindsay O’Dwyer

    Jerry, I remember years ago how you took my son young”Jonny Ball” under your wing when he first started on the rigs!
    You were in & out of his life ever since!
    Thank you!

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  2. I met Jerry many years ago, Jerry gave me my first job in the oil industry, at that time he was a driller for CanTex Drilling, and 28 years later I’m still going strong, I will always be grateful for the way Jerry took me under his wing in the early years and all the things he showed me to help me get my start in the industry.
    Although we drifted apart and re connected several times over the years, I’m grateful to have had recent contact with him prior to his unexpected death.
    He was always a good friend and will be missed.

    Jon Ball

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  3. He knew what buttons to push, just the same , I’ll miss him !

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  4. Rest well Jerry you will be missed
    Des Murphy

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  5. Jerry was one of the 1st person I met when I when to Calgary 20 years ago or so. We have been friends every since.We had a lot of good times together, few games golf,few disagreements, but we always remained good friends. I already miss our chats, and will never again cook a jiggs dinner without thinking about you,Sorry I cannot attend your celebrations of life, as I am out of province, but know you are in my thoughts and heart forever. Rest in peace my friend.

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  6. To say that I’m heartbroken about your passing doesn’t truly cover the depth of my feelings. I’m honored that I was able to spend so much time with you in the days/weeks before your passing, including your last golf game.

    I will miss your devotion to friends, your generosity, the way you lite up and laughed when Heidi greeted you and how you encouraged her to keep licking your face, our heated debates, our conversations about the next stage of our lives, how much a sunset/sunrise would move you, your intelligence, your kind heart, your humor, how you didn’t care about others opinions of you as you were secure in who you were and your convictions, your ability to never sweat the small things and your smile.

    You said that this was going to be a summer to remember and it certainly was. What a ride!!

    I will remember you in every swing of the golf club, every bite of black licorice and lemon squares from Purple Perk, every stupid Splenda package I see, every taste of a Belvedere martini with pickled onions but most of all the eating a hearty bowl of soup!!

    Thank you for coming into my life and I treasure every memory that we made. You will be and are missed beyond words!!!!

    Till we meet again…rest in peace my love!!

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  7. Shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Jerry O’brien and offer my sympathy to those closest to him. Over the 15 years since I met Jerry we had many successful adventures. A fair number were golf games in various locales, but the vast majority were petroleum industry activities where Jerry’s savvy drilling management skills handled many a daunting challenge. The global oil patch has lost a very valuable contributor. Rest in peace good buddy.

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  8. An unlikely combination eh – a Lutheran pastor and Jerry O’Brien! We met when I bought some LeCreuset from Jerry, while a love of golf and an interest in politics had us meeting regularly at Star Bucks for a coffee. We had some interesting conversations, radically divergent views and fun (he razed me about my Bullet Proof butter coffee and I gave him hell about his favorite honey bread and ‘wheat belly’). We regretfully lost track after I moved from Alberta, so I am saddened that he is gone. Thank you Catherine for informing me of his death. He holds special memories for me. May God be merciful to all of us.

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  9. Patricia Blanchard

    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s sudden passing, Quite the shock.
    We met Jerry just after moving to Calgary 25 years ago we shared many Sunday dinners, bike rides and coffees. RIP Jerry O’Brien I will miss you.

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  10. Well Johnson…you really are in Hog Heaven now…RIP my friend….ride on!!

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