Joseph P. O'Brien, Sr.

Joseph P. O'Brien, Sr.

December 26th, 1935 November 26th, 2019

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Obituary for Joseph P. O'Brien, Sr.

O’BRIEN, Joseph P. Sr., of North Cambridge, passed peacefully on November 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Lolly O’Brien (Fagan). Loving father of Joseph O’Brien Jr. of Cambridge, Kathleen O’Brien of Singapore, Patricia Taylor and her husband Michael of Billerica, Ellen O’Brien and Robert Carney of Dorchester, John O’Brien and his wife Christine of Arlington, and Daniel O’Brien of Cambridge. Proud ‘Grampy’ of Kelli Toulopoulos and her husband William, Sean O’Brien and his wife Mary, Ryan Taylor and his fiancé Michelle Golden, and Brendan, Devan and Cameron Taylor, and Jacqueline, David, Gus, and Jonah O’Brien. Great grandfather of Brady, Audrey, and Roland Toulopuolos, and Broghan O’Brien. Dear brother of George O’Brien and the late Glea of Hull, and the late Francis and Ruth O’Brien. Dear brother-in-law of Margaret Guzzo and her late husband Jim of Springfield, Patricia and the late James Fagan of West Roxbury, Carmel and the late Augustine "Gus" Fagan of Lynchburg, VA, Barbara and the late Lawrence "Butch" Fagan of Woburn, Claire and the late John "Jack" Cahill of Dennis, Linda and James Bunton of Yarmouth, also predeceased by Richard and Ruth Fagan, Marie and Francis Doherty, and Norma and Fred Fenzel. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Late Navy, Air Force, and Army Veteran. Longtime employee of the US Postal Service. Life-long member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Singing Grandpops. Long time Navy-trained Photographer.
Visiting hours will be held from the Keefe Funeral Home, 2175 Mass Ave, NORTH CAMBRIDGE on Tuesday from 4-8PM. Funeral Mass at St. John’s Church, 2254 Mass Ave, North Cambridge at 11am. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial and Military Honors will conclude in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Cambridge Family YMCA, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. For directions or to send a condolence visit

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Cambridge
    2175 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saint John the Evangelist
    2254 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
    Rev. Joseph McCarthy
  • Interment

    Mount Pleasant Cemetery
    Medford Street
    Arlington, MA
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Robert Casey

My Condolences to the family just found out from Frank Sartoria Bob Casey & Family
Comment | Posted at 04:54pm via Condolence

Rich O’Brien

Please accept my heartfelt condolences, my thoughts are with you all. I have fond memories Thanksgiving meals together, and the twinkle in your dad’s eye. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal
Comment | Posted at 11:44pm via Condolence

Tommy Williams

Deepest Condolences to the entire family. We are sorry that we can not be there with you at this time. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with my cousins! All our Love, Tommy & Laura
Comment | Posted at 04:53pm via Condolence

Ken West

Dan, Patti, and family-My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the happy and positive memories of the life you spent with your Father carry you through this tough time. -Ken West
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Robert O'Brien

Words can’t express my deepest gratitude to Uncle Joe for looking after me and allowing me to follow in his footsteps having a successful career with the United States Postal Service as he did. I’ll miss you dearly, your nephew Bobby.
Comment | Posted at 08:39pm via Condolence

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