Vernon "Chubby" O'Blenes
O’BLENES, Vernon Arthur, 79 of Salisbury, passed away peacefully on June 30. Born on May 19, 1941 in Salisbury, NB, he was the son of the late Christie and Edna (McLeod) O’Blenes. Known to most as Chubby, Vernon is loved and missed by his daughter Rhonda, grand-daughter Kathleen, and great-grandson Cedar, of Salisbury; daughter Angela Therriault (Tom), grandchildren Robin, Emily, Erin, and Katherine, of Kitchener, ON; sister Florence Allen and brothers Freeman (Diane), Austin (Wendy), of Moncton, and Lloyd (Jackie) of The Glades; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Vernon was predeceased by his brother Leo; sisters Lavetta MacEachern, Kathleen, Beulah, Eleanor, and Pauline.
Vernon was a truck driver until his health forced him into retirement. If he wasn’t in the backyard tinkering with something, you would find him having supper at the Salisbury Big Stop, or returning from a trip to Princess Auto - the staff at both places were as much his family as any of us.
If trucking wasn’t his first love, it was second only to music. Vernon played the guitar, mouth organ, and accordion. The guitar was his favourite and he never met one he couldn’t tune by ear. He enjoyed playing for family, friends, and local fans. He loved old country, bluegrass, and country gospel - anything else was just noise.
Over the last couple of years, he was content with a coffee and a Tim Horton Maple Pecan danish, while providing commentary during Blue Jay and Maple Leaf games. He enjoyed calls and visits from family and friends, especially when they arrived with a dog or a guitar.
Special thanks to doctors Jamie Stewart, Andrew Clark, and Marc Dorval and the countless nurses and hospital employees for their compassion and care over the years and to the staff at both Golden Years Estate and Kenneth E. Spencer Memorial home for the care you provided over the last year.
Arrangements are in the care of Salisbury Funeral Home (372-4800). A graveside service and musical celebration of life will take place on later dates, when family and friends can once again gather. If desired, donations in memory of Vernon can be made to Friends of the Moncton Hospital, Cornerstone Community Church (Wheaten Settlement), or a charity of choice.
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing.
Go rest high on that mountain
Dad, your work on earth is done.