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Basil Parker "Buddo" O'Brien Jr.


Basil Parker "Buddo" O'Brien Jr.

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Basil Parker O'Brien Jr., 48 of Springhill, N.S. on March 22, 2019. Born in Saint John, N.B. on November 9, 1970 he was the son of the late Basil O'Brien Sr. of Springhill, N.S. and Viola (Hilden) O'Brien of St John, N.B.

Also known as Bud but to most as Buddo, he was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. A mechanic by trade, he spent the past 25 years residing and working in Toronto, ON where he was closer to his son before moving back to Springhill to be closer to his mother and family. He painted condos, did minor carpentry work as well as heavy lifting and moving. He was a natural jack of all trades. 

Bud enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working on vehicles of any kind, tinkering around the yard and listening to music. He could sing along to any song whether country, rock, r & b, or rap. Bud enjoyed anything involving family; whether a bonfire, biking, kayaking or just hanging out and laughing.

Although their paths eventually parted, the love between Bud and the mother of his son was strong, eternal, and forever. He was her soul and together they created a beautiful son where over the years they remained best friends and family.

His son Thane has fond memories of his dad teaching him to ride a bicycle, and how to fish. He will forever remember their deep conversations over the years and knows how much his dad loved and adored him. He will live on forever as a part of him and inside us all.

Besides the love for his only son; ‘Uncle Bud' adored his two nieces Felicia and Lacey O'Brien, two nephews Joshua Shephard and Michael O'Brien, and newest addition his great-niece Moyrah (O'Brien) Hicks who will forever remember his warm loving hugs, infectious laugh, and tormenting nature as well as the lifetime of memories we shared. He never ever ended a visit or conversation without telling us how much he loved us. 

He shared an incredible bond with his brother Mike where words just aren’t enough to describe the endless memories, laughs, and secrets that have been shared between the two as best friends over the years as well as an everlasting love from his mother and sister.

Bud was predeceased by his father Basil O'Brien Sr. but is survived by his mother Viola (Hilden) O'Brien, his son Thane O'Brien, brother Mike O'Brien (Debbie Cvitkovich), sister Shannon Shephard-O'Brien (Francois Robichaud), nieces Felicia (Aaron Hicks) and Lacey O'Brien, nephews Joshua Shephard and Michael O'Brien, great niece Moyrah Hicks(O'Brien), God parents Son & Sue Brine as well as many more close family and friends. He will be missed tremendously by his family, friends, ex-wife Lorna Pitter, good friend Rhonda Armour and all who were close with him.

It was Bud’s wishes for no funeral, viewing or service but to donate his body for the Advancement of Medical Education and Research to the Human Donation Program in the dept of Neuroscience at Dalhousie University but due to the nature of his passing his family is unable to do so but will continue to fulfill the remainder of his requests. The family will be having a celebration of life in his honour at a later date. 

Arrangements are under the care and direction of A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane Street, Springhill, (902-597-2361).

If you wish to make a donation in his memory please do so to a charity of your choice or can do so to the family who are taking care of his arrangements.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Buddo's online memorial at or through the A H Brown Funeral Home Facebook Page.

"That's a very good, not too bad." 

Forever loved and forever missed.

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