William "Bill" Edward O’Brien, avid outdoorsman, jack of all trades, knower of all crossword answers, and teller of tales died on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
Bill, the youngest of 5 siblings was born to parents Earl and Lillian (Bell) O’Brien, and grew up on the Caledonia Road in Moncton. Known to some as Bell’s Settlement, due to the large Bell family - Bill was lucky to grow up surrounded by his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. Born into a family with a love for the woods, he was fortunate to be included in trips to the camp, hunting or fishing with his parents, older brother or uncles and cousins. This fostered a lifelong passion and appreciation for being in the great outdoors.
Bill met Gail in 1975, and they were married in 1976. They built their home on Ammon Rd the following year. Bill wanted to ensure Gail got to experience some of his passions, so she learned to drive three wheelers, sleds and sports cars. When Jeremy and Sarah came along, he was quick to share in his hobbies and passions. Naturally athletic, Bill played competitive baseball, hockey and even ice raced three-wheelers. He would later coach hockey teams, build backyard rinks, treehouses and fix more broken or crashed dirt bikes and sleds then you could imagine.
Bill signed on with CN soon after high school, and continued his career as a conductor with them until his retirement in 2009, with 37 years of service. Never one to sit still for long, retirement simply meant he could go to the camp – whenever he wanted! Without a doubt, the "Camp at Summit" was by far one of his favourite places. Fall, winter, or spring, he loved to plan camp trips, stake out the perfect hunting spot, explore the land by bike and foot, and eat, drink and shoot the … well you know.
Come summer, you could find Bill at the cottage, perched on his lookout acting as the unofficial gate keeper of Ann’s Acres. Summers were filled with coffees on the deck, golf cart adventures, clamming, fishing, boating, fixing anything and everything, cards, and nights of laughs, music and drinks with amazing friends. His uncanny ability to remember trivia, train engine numbers, and old country music song lyrics will never be matched.
Bill is survived by his wife Gail of 45 years, their children Jeremy (Melody), and Sarah (Marc) as well as his two grandchildren Jace & Madilyn O’Brien. "Grampy" was above all, the most cherished title he ever received. While he could find fault in Jeremy and Sarah on most days, somehow Jace and Madilyn could do no wrong!
Bill is also survived by his siblings, Gary (Aline) O’Brien, Gail (late Ken) Kirk, Judy (Stevie) Steeves, Donna (Denis) Colpitts, Aunts Jean Fowler, Joyce Bussey and Phyllis Parks, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Making friends wherever he went, he also leaves to grieve an immense circle of close friends who have become family. We could never name you all, but you know who you are.
Bill was never one for funerals, so the family has opted to wait until Covid-19 is over and it is safe to gather, to celebrate Bill’s life.
Arrangements entrusted to Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995).
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you do something kind, help a neighbour or friend, root for the Chicago Blackhawks for the cup, or raise a glass in his honor. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, contributions to the New Brunswick Wildlife Federation or the Nature Trust of New Brunswick (https://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/en/donate) would be appreciated. Online condolences for the family may be shared on Fergusons Funeral Home Facebook page or at
To view William's Memorial Slideshow, please visit the following links:
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