William P. O'Brien

  • Born: March 17, 1941
  • Died: August 15, 2020
  • Location: Brockton, Massachusetts

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Stoughton, MA 02072

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to William by adding your memories and photos.

William P. "Obie" O'Brien, 79, a longtime resident of Brockton, died peacefully at Good Samaritan Medical Center on Saturday, August 15, 2020 after a period of failing health. He was the husband of Ann R. (Derome) O'Brien. Son of the late James J. and Mary L. (Matz) O'Brien, he was born in Boston and raised in Dorchester and Randolph. He was a graduate of Randolph High School. Bill was a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and a proud Veteran of the Vietnam Era. He was a successful contractor and caterer. He was a member and former officer at the Randolph Elks and was named Elk of the Year. He was a member of the American Legion in Abington. He enjoyed hunting, deep sea fishing, cooking and traveling.

In addition to his wife, Bill was the stepfather of Rene A. Jackson and her husband Ronnie of Martha's Vineyard. He was the step-granddad of Anthony and Taylor Jackson. He was the brother of Patricia O'Brien of Randolph, and the late Ellen Rosati, James, Robert and John O'Brien and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, funeral services will be private. Interment will take place at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in William's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Through many years I always remember what a wonderful guy Billy has been to our family. Most of all his sweet spirit and amazing smile . Over many years due to his concentrated effort and willingness to serve our family with his finding a place to hold all our Christmas Family gatherings. He would hire the hall and do all he could to make our times with each other special & fun! Even be our secret Santa to all our wee ones ! He had a gift of cooking and serving others. He was a loving husband & provider to my sweet sister-in-law Ann and his beautiful stepdaughter Rene and his grandchildren Anthony & Taylor. I commend you for your service to our country Billy. Your suffering is over and may you Rest In Peace.

Posted by Mary Derome - Brockton, MA - Family   August 19, 2020

Mr. O’Brien,
Sir. as a fellow Marine I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Mike Casey USMC ‘85-‘89

Posted by Mike Casey    August 18, 2020

I am very sorry to have learned of Bill's passing. He and Ann were my family's neighbors for many years and we always liked bumping into them. Bill had a great sense of humor and was an amazing cook. One taste and, make no mistake about it, it was clear that he truly enjoyed it as more of an artistic means of expression than simply cooking in a necessary, utilitarian manner. Often one could smell interesting aromas wafting about the yard and my parents and i would sometimes play "Name That Smell." Bill was cool, as was Ann, and I wish to express my most sincere sympathies to Ann, and his family and friends. A great guy has left us; I earnestly pray his family and friends can find comfort in the sharing of memories. May God Bless Bill and his family and many friends.

Posted by Rich Silva - MA - Neighbor   August 17, 2020


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