O’LEARY, Christopher, Patrick, MWO, CD, Cook, RCLS


It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the tragic passing of MWO Christopher Patrick O’Leary – Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).  His life was cut too short, at the age of 45, on Thursday, April 11th, 2024, at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

MWO Christopher O’Leary dedicated his entire career & passion for life to the military; enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy in 2001, Nova Scotia; crossing over to the Canadian Army in 2011. In 2023 a dream came true for Christopher, becoming a member of CANSOFCOM.  He completed over 23 years of dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Christopher exuded this same passion & loyalty to the “Love of his Life”, Lindsay for almost 6 beautiful, adventurous years together.

Christopher leaves behind his wife, Lindsay and their two fur-babies Beanie and Freddie; his Grandfather Clarence William Thornhill, Father (George) Patrick O’Leary, Mother Sharon O’Leary, Sister Andrea O’Leary and many relatives in the O’Leary/Thornhill extended family; In-laws – the Fry Family, relatives and extended family; the Tantalo Family and many, many friends and family in his Military Community.

A Military Funeral Service & Send-Off to honour MWO Christopher O’Leary will be held Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 at Beechwood National Memorial Centre, Ottawa, Ontario.  1130  Visitation within the Hall of Colours; 1300  Funeral Service; 1400  Reception.

For those not able to attend Christopher’s Service in person, you may register for the Live-Streaming Services here

A private family interment will follow May 2nd within the National Military Cemetery located within Beechwood Cemetery.

Special thanks to Christopher’s military family and team at CANSOFCOM.  Their professionalism, love, and support throughout this trying time can never be replaced. 

In lieu of flowers, the Family would prefer donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute or CANSOFCOM V42

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