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John O'Brien

John O'Brien

Thursday, May 24th, 1928 Saturday, August 10th, 2019

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Obituary for John Joseph O'Brien

John 'Sean' O'Brien, 91, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 10th. He courageously and valiantly battled cancer. Sean was born in Hackettstown, County Carlow, Ireland in 1928. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1948 and lived in the Bronx. He moved with his family to Teaneck New Jersey and retired in Toms River.
He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary O'Brien, Brothers, Patrick, Garrett and Michael, and sons, Desmond and Michael.
Sean is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Annie 'Nancy' Walsh from Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland; sister, Mary Dempsey of Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland; brother, Matthew of Baltinglass, County Wicklow, Ireland. He leaves behind his daughters, Mary O'Brien and her husband Gio of Manasquan NJ; Colleen Farrington and her husband Jimmy of Toms River NJ; sons, John O'Brien and his wife Susan of Washington Township NJ; Kevin O'Brien and his wife Melissa of Landing NJ; daughters-in-law, Janice and Evelyn, Six grandchildren, Anne Marie, Breanna, Brigitte, Brendan, Adeline, and Collin, 5 step grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, Danica and Madelyn along with many nieces and nephews.
Sean worked for MABSTOA New York City Transit Authority for 41 years. His career began as a bus driver and retired as a Superintendent of Transportation. In 1986 Sean was named Honorary Emerald Society Irishman of the year. He was a member of the Bergen Irish and very active in the Irish Community instilling Irish pride into his children. Sean had a quick-witted sense of humor and lived life to the fullest. He was an avid baseball fan (Mets) and loved camping and traveling with his family in his famous Winnebago. Sean was a kind and loving husband, father, brother and friend, he will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 15th at Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 Saint Catherine Boulevard, Toms River New Jersey 08753. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church, with a burial following at St. Josephs Cemetery, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in memory of John O'Brien to the VNA Hospice, 1433 Hooper Avenue, Toms River New Jersey 08753. For online condolences, please visit Sean's memorial page at www.ryanfuneralhome.com

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals- SCB
    145 St. Catherine Blvd
    TOMS RIVER, NJ
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    Thursday, August 15th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 10:30am
    St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church
    St. Maximilian Lane
    TOMS RIVER, NJ
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    Friday, August 16th, 2019
    10:30am
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Cedar Grove Road
    TOMS RIVER, NJ
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