June O'Brien

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O'Brien, June...

The O' Brien-Paul family are very saddened to have lost their beloved mother/grandmother, June Josephine O'Brien, on Monday April 4th, 2022, in her 81st year.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June emigrated to Canada on July 1, 1967, where she resided in St. Thomas, Komoka and later, London, Ontario. She had a passion for education and obtained a teacher's college degree from the University of Glasgow. After a career that extended over 30 years as an educator, the beloved schoolteacher retired to the acclaim and admiration of colleagues and students to discover life after teaching. June spent those years exploring Spain, Croatia, Ecuador, and France, all while reminding her family that learning never stops, and to live life to its fullest. During her travels, you were just as likely to find June with a murder mystery as a camera in her hands. By the shade of her linden tree, amongst the butterflies and the bees, she would often tend to the most beautiful multicolored garden. Her later projects included calligraphy and playing board games with her friends at the park on warm summer afternoons. Granny June, as her grandchildren liked to refer to her teasingly, was always there to lend a helping hand. Whether traveling to Ottawa or Toronto to visit them, she was an admirable example of independence, strength and resilience. During her career, she loved using music to engage her students and in retirement, she could also be found humming and singing to herself around the house, which she said helped her to concentrate. ABBA’s Greatest Hits was one of her favorite records to dance to and eventually became a family favorite at parties. June will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. Her charm, kindness, grace, and great sense of humor lives on, and will be passed down as part of her legacy as important values for success in life.

She is survived by her three children, Mark, Paul, and Kerry, and her daughter-in-law Flor Maria; her grandchildren,Taty, Chris, Sioban, Daphne, Austin, Katelyn,  Isaac, Gaby, Liam, Max and Charlie; her grandchildren-in-law, Gabriel, Richie, Connor, and Paige; and her great-grandchild, Nash. As one of her favorite singers, Vera Lynn, sang: "We'll meet again, don't know how, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again some sunny day.”   We love you Granny June forever and always.  xoxo

Visitation will be held at A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 12-2PM, with a service to follow. In memory of June, donations can be made to the Boys' and Girls' Club of London, 184 Horton Street East, London, ON Canada N6B 1K8 would be appreciated. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com