O’Brien, Ann “Bernice”

August 3, 1938 – June 20, 2012
at the age of 73 years

Your Loved One Lives In Your Heart

Many tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side
When memory paints in colors true
The happy hours that belonged to you.
~ Helen Steiner Rice

 It was with deep sadness that we said goodbye for now to our loving wife and mother, Bernice O’Brien (nee Leblanc) on June 20th, 2012.  Bernice passed peacefully surrounded by love with her family in Salmon Arm, BC.

Bernice was born in River Hebert, NS, lived 32 years in St. Catharines, ON and spent her last 17 years in British Columbia surrounded by the mountains she loved so much.

Bernice is survived by her husband, Ernest O’Brien, her oldest daughter Cindy (Ed) Rempel of Winkler, MB, her son Ernest “Steven” O’Brien (Cora Simms) of Calgary, AB, her youngest daughter Terri (Jerry) Popko of Salmon Arm, BC, and two very special grandchildren Megan and Briana. She also leaves behind her sister Theresa Carmichael of Peterborough, ON and two brothers Bernard Leblanc of Toronto, ON and Roy “Junior” Leblanc of Maccan, NS.  Many other dear family members and friends from all overCanadawill mess Bernice too.

“The love we have inside us never diminishes; it just grows stronger.  We will be together again one day where there is only love and happiness.  Goodbye for now.  Until we meet again, sleep in peace.”

Her family would like to thank the staff atBastion Placefor the love and care give to Bernice while she was there.


  1. Ernie, we are very sad to here about the loss of your beautiful Bernice.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Try to take care of yourself.

  2. Ernie,
    We are very sad to here about Bernice. We do understand
    how you feel, after our loss of Bill in 2010.
    Take care of yourself now Ernie.

  3. Thinking of all you guys, such a great loss… Ernie, hope you find something to keep yourself busy and active to fill your time…. Love to you all, Barb

  4. thinking of you at this sad time.our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you all. Aunt Bernice was a great woman and she was always so good to me when she came home to visit Nova Scotia. I have such great memories with her that I will cherish forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ernest and children.

    Nicole (Dwyer) & Andrew O’Donnell

  6. Cindy, Terry and Stephen,

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Bernice. I thought very highly of her and she was very good to me and my daughter Coley. She always made time for me and my family when she came home to visit. I will miss not seeing her. You guys take care of yourselves and I hope our paths cross again. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.

    Karen & Albert Dwyer

  7. We are thinking of you in your time of need. Our deepest sympathy comes with thoughts and prayers for all of you. Thinking of you all. Masses will be said here in Amherst, Nova Scotia on behalf of Bernice and family.

    Love and Prayers,

    Junior and Gloria LeBlanc
    & Family.

  8. Aunt Bernice we had such good memories when you came back home to the east. Wish I could have had more time with you. I will always think of you and keep your spirit alive in my heart. <3 Thinking of you, Thoughts and prayers to you Ernest and the children as well. I love you all.

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