Brian Byrnes O'Hearn

February 9th, 2021

Forever a Bright Supernova 

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Brian Byrnes O’Hearn, on February 9, 2021. “The Mighty Warrior” as he liked to call himself, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

Our dad was born in Toronto, Ontario on July 7, 1944 to Douglas and Mary (Byrnes) O’Hearn. He spent his childhood holidaying at Mississauga Lake with his family. In 1955 they moved across the country to North Vancouver. 

At the age of 17 he met our mom, Barbara (Mallett) of North Vancouver.  They were married and had their first child Bridgett in 1965.

Dad found work at BC ferries in Horseshoe Bay. He loved to share stories of his time spent sailing on the big ships.

Venturing to seek sunny skies in the Okanagan they moved and had their second child, Douglas in 1969.

After spending a couple of years in the Okanagan, Dad’s wandering spirt took his family to Lethbridge, Alberta where his family became complete in 1971 with the birth of their third child, Darcee.

Our dad had an adventurous spirit and was a real “go-getter” who wore many hats. One of his famous quotes he prided himself saying was that he lived life with “Never a dull moment.”

He was a Milk Man and called his business, “Brian’s Milk and Bread” and he also owned and operated his own movie theatre and hobby shop in Ashcroft called the “Sands Theatre.” He loved talking about his time spent in Fernie at Forting Coal driving Wabco trucks.

Our dad moved our family to Trail in 1977 where he found employment at Cominco. He challenged the engineering tests and earned his steam ticket. He retired when he turned 65 in 2009, having worked a little over three decades.

One of his many proud accomplishments was in 1990 when he helped Doug start up “Challenger Auto Detailing”. A big thank you to our dad for giving his son such a wonderful legacy.

It was such a great treat when Bridgett and her family visited from Sweden. He loved all his 6 grandchildren dearly. He especially enjoyed watching his granddaughter Jill fly down the ice with her hockey stick in hand, pony tail flying from beneath her helmet flapping in the wind behind her. He picked up the kids from school, took them to hockey, soccer, baseball, but his favourite thing to do was the movie nights! Of course he would never be caught without a pocket full of candy ready to offer them a piece whenever he saw them. We could never ask for a better grandpa. He was awesome!

He also enjoyed motorbiking and cross country skiing with mom when they were in their 40’s and 50’s, later trading in his dirt bike for a street bike. He loved being on the road with his biking buddies cruising the Kootenays, stopping for lunch, and being the center of attention wherever he travelled. He always ended his day with a cool glass of chocolate milk. “The perfect end to a perfect day”, he would say.

He was a permanent fixture after retirement at the Trail Aquatic Center. He and his best friend Robert Hamlin (Hammie) enjoyed many days soaking in the pools along with all his “pool buddies” he used to call them. When he stepped through the doors onto the pool deck he would shout, “Behold, I am here!”

He loved his life and family. They were everything to him just as he was to them. He could fill up a room with his energy. His smile will be sorely missed as he took a piece of everyone’s heart with him.

Dad had many health issues. He always joked, “Nothing can get me!” But in the end, his body grew weary and could no longer fight his last battle, pneumonia.

Through the challenging times of COVID, the doctors and nurses did their best to comfort us. We would like to give a special thank you to nurse Angie from emergency. The two angels in nurse’s clothing, Chris and Megan from ICU. The “love” and support you gave our dad and our family will never be forgotten. The world is a better place because of your kindness! Also a thank you to Leanne from Social Services, who was a great comfort to my mom and the rest of our family. Thank you to Dr. Mountain, Dr. Peachell, nurses and hospital staff.

Our dad leaves behind Barbara, his wife of 57 years, children; Bridgett (Ulf) O’Hearn-Larsson, Doug O’Hearn, and Darcee (Douglas Stone) O’Hearn, grandkids; Christopher, Jennifer, Samantha, Alexander, Jill, and Charlie, sisters Rose Willis and Cathy (Ernie) Schleppe, many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, many nieces and nephews and one great-niece, Mina. Thank you to friends and neighbors who have sent their love and support.

A Celebration of Brian’s life will be held once Covid restrictions lift. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.


Darcee and extended family. I 'm so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a huge part of your lives. He was dedicated kind hearted family man. My heart goes out to you during these difficult times.

We are so very sorry to hear about Brian. Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. The Callenders

I'm soo sad that you're not here with us anymore. You were such an awesome, sweet and cool grandpa. We had so much fun together, every time we would come over to visit it felt like we never left, you will be missed!! I love you gramps.<3 I hope you are pain free up in heaven and with a great big smile.

So sad to hear of Brian's passing Great guy!

Sending you and your family hugs and thinking about you all often! Your dad was a wonderful man first time riding a dirtbike was with your dad and you Darcee over to sheep Creek. That was a great day and a great memory! Love you all from the bad influence friend ha ha Ha we all know that’s not true! Anyway hugs to you all!!

I am so sorry for you loss. He was a lucky man to have such a wonderful, loving family to remember him. Our hearts go out to you all.

I still can't believe you are gone. None of this makes sense to me. You filled up my life dad, the world is so quiet without you. I can't pick up the phone and hear you say, "Hiya" Who's going to poke his "paw" in the honeycomb? Who's going to pick up the kids from school? I loved seeing you sit in your chair with your glass of chocolate milk, headphones on, Ipad on your lap along with your sandwich which you noisily eat. Then you turn to me, because you know I am staring, and your smile. I miss your smile, Dad. I miss your voice. I miss your silly and annoying banter. I miss seeing the back of your head, in your special chair as I drive up to pay you a visit. What can I say, dad...I just miss you so much. I wish I knew you are happy. That's all I want, is for you to be happy and pain-free. I love you, dad. Until we meet again. I look forward to seeing you and buddy.

My condolences to the family. From what I read in the obituary and from what my friend Darcee writes, her dad sounds like a very caring, fun, and happening person. I wish everyone the best during this time of grieving.

So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. I’m sure he leaves a hole that can never be filled❣️ My condolences to all the family. Praying that time will eventually replace the tears with smiles.

I wish all of the O'Hearn family my sincerest condolences on your loss. I hope that all of you will find peace in your time of sorrow. Respectfully Roland

I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family!

Very sorry to read of Brian’s passing. I worked with him in the roasters and also did some installations for Douglas at challenger . To say he was a character, is an understatement!! I really really enjoyed my work time with him. My condolences to all of the family . RIP, your many memories brings a smile to my face!!

So sorry that the world has lost such an awesome man. I'll always remember his crass humour and non stop wit. I know you all have incredible memories of him and I hope you'll hold on to those for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Much love to you all from our family.

So very sorry to hear about your loss.

I wish I'd had the pleasure of knowing this beloved husband and father. My condolences go out to his family and all who treasured him. I pray your ongoing love and beautiful memories will bring you comfort. Darcee and Dougie, please give your Mom a hug for me.

Condolences and prayers for Brian and all of the family!

Darcee and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know we thinking of you and your family and sending you our deepest sympathies. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this great time of loss.

Deeply saddened by your loss! Our prayers are with all of you.

So sorry to hear this sad news. I knew Brian from my time up the hill. Always a nice person to be around. My condolences to his family. Tom Wynn

Dear Barb & family, my sincere condolences to you all in this difficult time. Brian will be missed by so many. I will miss my great neighbor who always took the time to chat with me whenever we were out in our yards. I'll miss his laugh, his smile & his waves from his bike or his car when driving passed me. To me he was a big guy with a caring heart & big laugh. R.I.P Brian, it was nice knowing you for so many years & I will watch out for your dear wife my neighbor friend.

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