O’LEARY, John Robert ‘Jack’
1944 – 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. John Robert Anthony “Jack” O’Leary on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the age of 72 years. Jack was born in Calgary, Alberta on November 10, 1944. He was simply known as “Jack” among family and friends. In sharing memories about our brother, there are recollections that give us smiles and also give us tears. Smiles for the good times in memory of his strengths, and tears for what could have been in his life. Jack was a sickly child growing up, having asthma that plagued him until he outgrew this illness in his later teens. Perhaps this made him sympathetic to the underdog; as he had empathy for those who had disabilities. He was kind hearted and had a good sense of humor, that he would mix with his gift of gab and often known as a prankster and tease. He displayed an early interest in music and artistic creativity. This was evident in creations he made out of driftwood; and he would make lamps using driftwood as a base in varied formations. At one time in his life, Jack had the reputation of being one of Alberta’s top welders and was in demand because of his skills. He used these welding skills to create intricate wrought iron work to show off his artistry. Jack had an interest in cooking; he loved to cook and would make a meal that a chef would be proud of. He was equally proud to serve his food to friends and family but he was not much into eating his own food. He got more pleasure watching others enjoy his culinary skills. These are the memories that bring smiles. Jack drifted away from us in his later years; and through his own internal struggles, made choices that only hurt his own life, which gives us tears. My sister and I are grateful for his final years at Villa Marie; where he was in a caring and safe atmosphere. And now he is safe in the arms of a loving God; who was always there for him. Cremation has been entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. If desired, Memorial Donations in Jack’s honor may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society at www.cancer.ca. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements in care of
PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM
6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040