Barbara O’Neill


A resident of Morrisburg for the past seven years, Barbara O’Neill passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall, on Friday, September 27, 2013, following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 70. 

Barbara was born in St. Catharine’s on February 8, 1943, to her parents Clare and Irene Dafoe (nee Taylor).  She was raised and attended school in Morrisburg where she met many of her friends she still had when she passed.  

From the time Barbara was a young girl, she knew she wanted to help people for the rest of her life.  That’s why she chose the field of nursing as a profession.  

She received her training in Ottawa at the Civic Hospital and ended up with a nursing job in Cornwall at the General Hospital.  It was in Cornwall that she met and married Gordon, the father of her two beloved children.  

After raising her children in Cornwall, Barbara’s nursing career led her out west to Alberta.  After meeting many friends and helping the people of Alberta for numerous years, the North West Territories called upon her to bring her skills there so she decided to move up north for a few years where she made even more close friends.  

Barbara made one final stop back in Alberta, to cheer on her beloved Edmonton Oilers, before returning to the one place that she truly loved, Morrisburg, Ontario to be close to her family for her retirement years.  

This is where she met her childhood acquaintance Rowdy, who became her best friend and companion for the final years of her life. 

Barbara is survived by her sons Scott Buchan of Kanata and Kevin (Tabitha) Buchan of Kingston, her brother Gerry (Karen) Dafoe of Manotick and her brother-in-law Earl Clost of Calabogie.  

Barbara will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Morgan Brown, Kendra Buchan, Morgan Kimber and McKenzie Kimber and her dear friends Rowdy Gillard of Ault Island and Jean (Greg) Harpur of Cornwall. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

Barbara was predeceased by her parents Clare and Irene Dafoe and her sister June Clost.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday, October 1st from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.  Interment of cremated remains was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Riverside Heights.  

Pallbearers were McKenzie Kimber, Morgan Kimber, Kendra Buchan and Jennifer Dafoe. 

Donations to Carefor Hospice, the South Dundas Dog Park or the Maurice Grimes Cancer Center would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at

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