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Ellard “Obie“ O'Brien

O'BRIEN, Ellard “Obie“ - Peacefully passed away, surrounded by his loving family at St. Catharines General Hospital, Sunday, November 27th, 2011 at the age of 81. Obie was the beloved husband of Bette (née Wood) and beloved father of Ellard (Serena), Margaret Sullivan (Terry), Lori Miller (Robert) and Tim (Lorie) of St. Catharines. He will be lovingly remembered by his 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Patrick O'Brien (Diane) and sister Eleanor McGee (Hank). Predeceased by brother, Ken “Lefty“ (Jackie), and his parents, Ellard and Lois O'Brien. Obie commenced his hockey career with the St. Catharines Teepees from 1948 to 1950. He turned professional in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Hershey Bears from 1951-1959. The highlight of his hockey career with the Hershey Bears was being Captain and winning the Calder cup championship for two consecutive years in 1958 and 1959. This achievement has not been repeated since. Upon returning home to St. Catharines, he continued his involvement with hockey. He was part of the management team for the St. Catharines Black Hawks. Obie worked as an area Molson representative for 30 years until his retirement in 1990. Upon his retirement from hockey, and while working with Molsons, Obie was actively involved in community service. He and his long-time friend, Archie Katzman was instrumental in establishing what is now known as the Community Leader Golf Tournament. The tournament is now entering its 39th year and the proceeds raised from this golf tournament have been donated to many charitable organizations. Cremation has already taken place. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the CAW Hall on Bunting Road in St. Catharines on Friday, December 2nd from 5-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Leaders Foundation would be appreciated. Arrangements in the care of PASSFIELD MORTUARY SERVICES 905-682-0474 10839007
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Posted by Bruce Gibson (hockey) On Tuesday, November 8, 2016
I watched Obie play hockey in Hershey as a youngster. We had season tickets on the blue line and loved Obie playing for the Hershey Bears. Obie was the first hockey player to give me his stick after a game, I was one of the kids always hanging around the locker room after the games. Obie was an inspiration to many youngsters in the Hershey area, he will always be remembered in my heart as the player that started my love for hockey.

You will be missed Obie!!!

Posted by Mike & Penny Mayer (Friend) On Monday, December 12, 2011
We are so sorry to hear the passing of Obie. As it is so often said, he was an amazing man. One who reached out to help me personally in hockey. His humour will be missed!
Sorry to Hear
Posted by Debbie (Schinkel) L'Ecuyer (A Sort of Cousin) On Friday, December 2, 2011
Margie - my apologies - how could I have forgotten to mention your name as well... must have been that darn sometimers... my sympathies. Wish I was there to lend a hand. Thinking of you and all the many ways your family has helped my family! XXOOXX
Sorry to Hear
Posted by Debbie (Schinkel) L'Ecuyer (A Sort of Cousin) On Friday, December 2, 2011
Bette, Lori, Tim, Ellard: Thinking of you at this sad time. Hopefully family can help ease your grief. Much love to all.
Huge loss
Posted by Brian mckenzie (Friend) On Friday, December 2, 2011
So sorry to here about obie's passing. Obie always had his finger on the pulse of st. Catharines hockey when I was young. He was a major factor in mine and many other hockey careers. Him and skippy teal were great mentors for us kids. He was so low key and I never once heard him talk about his own career. I also never saw him stand around waiting for a thank you after helping someone out of a jam. We lose another one of the good guys. My sincere sympathy to all the family.

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