Brenda Michelle Kennedy O’Reilly
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Born, January 15th, 1969 and living in the village of Main-a-dieu and Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island to her parents, Arthur and Margaret Kennedy. In July of 1990, she had to leave her beloved island and come to the city of Toronto to start a career. In 1994, her career endeavors brought her to Ottawa where she continued working with the Credit Union until May of 1999. In that year, she made a career change and started to work at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board where she has continued her employment helping both employers and injured workers of Ontario.
In 2007, Michelle transferred to the Kingston office because she met the love of her life, Douglas O’Reilly. They married on September 24th, 2010 at which time Michelle became the proud step mother to Noah and Lochlyn O’Reilly and gained an extended family with Arthur and Ola O’Reilly. Michelle was so happy to be part of the O’Reilly family and all the wonderful people that were added to her life.
During her time in the Kingston office, Michelle took an active role with the Canadian Union of Public Employees serving the members of Local 1750 as a coordinator, Director and member of the bargaining team. She was an advocate for the members of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and a passionate supporter of the Labour Movement.
Michelle leaves behind a family that she loved dearly. Her husband, Douglas and 2 step children, Noah and Lochlyn. Her Mother and Father, and brother, Art (Natosha) and 2 beautiful children, her niece Holly and nephew Tyler. Michelle loved them dearly and so proud to be their Aunt.
Michelle had a wonderful sense of humour and a love of life. This drew so many people to her and she had a large circle of friends. Each and everyone who came into her life was valued.
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Michelle was taken from us due an unfamiliar form of cancer known as Neuro Endocrine Cancer. The symbol for this cancer is a Zebra because no two cancer patients have the same symptoms or presentation. No two Zebra’s have the same stripes. Her wish is that friends and family, in lieu of flowers, donate to The Canadian NeuroEndocrine Tumour Society Canada to help with research and raise awareness for this cancer.
Visitation will be held at Wartman Funeral Home - Kingston Capel on Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00 pm in the chapel.
Following this, Michelle will be laid to rest at home after a Celebration of her Life and Funeral Mass in Main-a-Diu at a later date.
Online condolences at www.wartmanfuneralhomes.com.