Madison - Edmund J. "Ned" O'Brien Jr., of Madison, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Jan. 5, 2014, at the Middlesex Emergency Clinic in Essex.|
Born Oct. 29, 1928, he was the son of Edmund Sr. and Irene O'Brien. Before moving to Madison in 2011, he had resided in Murrell's Inlet, S.C., and Old Lyme.
A graduate of Meriden High School, class of 1946, Ned served two years in the Marine Corps, was honorably discharged, then completed a degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was elected president of the Connecticut Jaycees in 1959. Over the course of his career, he served a number of companies in various sales or procurement roles and retired from Underwater Construction in Essex, while living in Old Lyme. In 1995, he came out of retirement after being elected Old Lyme's First Selectman. He served one term before moving to South Carolina in October of 1998. While raising his family in Meriden, he was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and his wife of 66 years, Janet Nelson O'Brien; a daughter, Lynn Lohrmann of Arlington, Va.; three sons, Mark of Westbrook, Keith of Meriden, and Tim of Middletown; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul of Venice, Fla.; and eight nieces and nephews.
Ned was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ellen Kaemmer of Murrells Inlet, S.C., formerly of Meriden.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at St. Joseph Church, 22 Goodwill Ave., Meriden. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Kuhn Employment Opportunities, 1630 North Colony Road, Meriden, CT 06450.
For online condolences and directions please visit www.jferryfh.com.
Published in The Day on Jan. 7, 2014