In memory of

Flight Lieutenant Patrick Terrance O'Leary

PatrickTerrance O'Leary in August 1941.
Canadian Service Files.
Flight Lieutenant Patrick O'Leary. Front row, second left.
Pierre Lagace
F/Lt. P. T. O'Leary remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
Jane Collman Williams

Comments about this page

  • Terry was the brother of my mother, Peggy O’Leary Caswell. She had many stories to tell of her two older brothers, Jim and Terry, and how they would tease their little sister. All in fun though. They loved her dearly and she them. Terry’s death was a terrible loss to the whole family. Jim lost his best friend and my grand parents, Michael and Ethel lost a wonderful son. Mom lost a brother she looked up to, from what I was told, a very smart, happy go lucky fellow who had so much to give to the world. So many families lived through the same sorrow of losing a loved family member. I appreciate being able to find more information on Terry’s life and death. Thank you Linda and Pierre.

    By Susan Sampson (01/12/2020)
  • Thank you for your comment, Susan. You must be very proud of him.

    By Linda Duffield (01/12/2020)
  • Hi, my name is Terry Shine, I was named after Terry, my mother Mary Casey and her best friend , Mary Mulcahey went to college in Halifax with the Sisters of Charity. I never knew that I was named after anyone and at my mothers wake, her best friend, Mary told me in the receiving line. She said you remind me of Terry. I thought she had lost it, and I said “I am Terry “, she explained. I turned to my father in line and asked if he knew, he said “Yes, He was a war hero”and that he had met him one time when he visited Massachusetts to see the girls.
    I tried to find more info with limited success over the years. Your account of him is so thorough, welcome and gratifying. Everyone deserves to be remembered. Thank you

    By Terry Shine (09/09/2020)
  • Thank you for sharing your story, Terry. I’m so glad you found F/Lt. O’Leary’s memorial page helpful. He seemed to have been so well thought of and destined to rise through the ranks if he hadn’t paid the ultimate price. What an honour to be named after him.

    By Linda Duffield (09/09/2020)
  • Hello,

    I am one of Terry’s great-nephews (through his sister, my paternal grandmother). Like many relatives lost in a conflict, Terry has loomed large over the collective memory of my family. As such, I was pleasantly surprised to see such a detailed dedicated to his service and memory.

    By Liam Caswell (22/01/2020)
  • Hi Liam,
    It’s wonderful to hear from you. We will be emailing you tomorrow.

    By Linda Duffield (26/01/2020)
  • Flight Lieutenant Patrick Terrance O’Leary

    Front row, second on the left

    https://rcaf403squadron.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/bb1-hr.jpg?w=652

    You can use that photo.

    By Pierre Lagacé (02/01/2020)
  • Hi Pierre,
    That is much appreciated. Many thanks.
    I will add it in.

    By Linda Duffield (02/01/2020)

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