Mr. Joseph Patrick "JP" O'Brien, age 76, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on April 13th. He was the cherished and adored husband of Helena "Connie" (Landers) O'Brien, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. Born and raised in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, he was the son of the late Michael and Hannah Mae (Moran) O'Brien.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters; Shivaun Garabedian, Ciara O'Brien, Shona Bono and her husband Mark, all of Saugus. He was the proud grandfather of Shona Paige Garabedian and Joseph Bono. Beloved brother of Tommy O'Brien, Liam O'Brien, Esther Coffey, Joan Beirne, Mary Horgan, Sheila Purcell and the late Michael O'Brien, Seamus O'Brien and Rosarie O'Connor. He was loved and will be remembered fondly by many nieces, nephews, brothers in law, sisters in law and cousin Mikey Moran.
JP came to this country at the age of 21 and met the love of his life two months later. He played Irish football for Erin's Hope and served in the National Guard. JP and Connie built a beautiful life together, eventually settling into a home in Melrose with their three daughters. His granddaughter came next, and she was the light of his life. His dream of retiring back to Ireland was fulfilled in 2007 and he reveled in the time he got to spend with his family back home, especially his brothers and sisters. He and Connie loved their time in Ireland but missed their daughters and eventually moved back to the States in 2013. The last years JP spent with his family were the most precious. He most recently welcomed a grandson, and spent his last weeks doting over the newest addition to his family. JP loved all Boston sports and was a handyman who loved to tinker for hours in his work shed. Above all, he was a true family man who cherished his nearest and dearest.
The O'Brien family would like to recognize the MICU staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital for the extraordinary care they gave JP in his final days.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Wednesday 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Noon funeral mass in Sacred Heart Church, 47 6th Street, Cambridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations in JP's memory may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611 or visit http://pulmonaryfibrosis.org.