Rev. Michael John O’Brien obituary

Rev. Michael John O’Brien, age 64, of Braintree, MA, formerly of Plymouth, MA and NJ, died on March 4th, 2016 at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth following a recent illness. He was the devoted husband of Pamela Ann (Kistler) O’Brien. Born in New York City, Bronx, NY, he was son of the late John and Margaret (Hunt) O’Brien. He was educated in Bergenfield High School, NJ, Gettysburg College, PA as well as Princeton Theological Seminary where he received his Master’s in Theological Divinity as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Rev O’Brien had worked as a Presbyterian minister serving churches in Boundbrook, NJ, Long Valley, NJ, Columbia, MD, and Silver Springs, MD. Rev. O’Brien was currently interim Pastor at Burlington Presbyterian Church in MA. He attained C.P.E. certification and worked for Beacon Hospice in MA. He was a Civil War and World War II history enthusiast. He loved spending time at the beach, walking, being with his family, supporting our troops, and most especially helping others whenever the opportunity would arise. Besides leaving his wife Pamela, Michael was the loving father of Dave O’Brien of Kent, Ohio, and step-father to James Harris and his wife Nicole of Hackettstown, NJ, Dr. Kelly Dvorin and her companion Dr. Brian Zuzelo of Chelmsford, MA, and Kathryn Hoopman and her husband Bryan of Flanders, NJ. He leaves behind 2 sisters, Jacquelyne Stemmer and her husband Peter, and Jean Boston both of Charlottesville, VA. He was the cherished grandfather of Riley, Zoey, Bella, Ava, and Nora. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at the Church of the Pilgrimage, Town Square, Plymouth, MA on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.

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