Francis W. “Obie” O’Brien 96, of Marshfield, formerly of Marco Island and Bradenton, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 21 after a period of failing health. He was the beloved husband of 70 years to Mary C. (Walsh) O’Brien.
Born and raised in Boston he was the son of the late Francis J. and Margaret (White) O’Brien and a graduate of South Boston High School.
He was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945.
Obie was a familiar face having worked for Whiting Milk and retiring as a mail carrier from the U.S. Postal Service. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Patriots and had always enjoyed the challenge of a good card game.
In addition to his wife Mary he leaves his loving children Elaine Joyce and her husband Peter of Abington, Francis X. O’Brien and his wife Joanne of Norwell, Robert J. O’Brien and his wife Terri of Rockland and Janet Rice and her husband Donald of Whitman. He also leaves 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Agnes Corcoran, Mary Kennedy, Helen Dooley, Rita Ryan, Margaret Johnston and Ann DeSantis.
His funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Route 58 at the rotary) Whitman. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours were Wednesday, Sept. 24.
In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.