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James Leo O’Brien

James Leo O’Brien

Home city: Brampton, Ontario
Age: 21
Date of crash: March 13, 1999

My son and his friends were out enjoying a day at Woodbine. Going to the horse race tracks was one of the many things he loved doing. They left at almost 4:00 Saturday March the 13th, he was dropping his friends at home. Not knowing what they were about to run into, a drunk driver to take a good person’s life – and broke the main link in a friendship and family.

Memorial Message

A son and brother is a special gift, one you think will stay.
You never dream the day will come when he’ll be taken away.
To some you may be forgotten, to others a part of the past.
But to those who loved and lost you, your memory will always last.
We cannot help but wonder why the thorns live on and the roses die.
They say time heals everything but we know it isn’t so.
Because it hurts as much today.
Every day seems like it was only yesterday.

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James Leo O'Brien
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