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John F. "Jack" O'Brien

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John "Jack" F. O'Brien

AGE: 73 • Whiting

John "Jack" F. O'Brien, 73, of the Whiting section of Manchester Twp., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He was a career Mariner serving with the Military Sea Lift Command Atlantic for 29 years retiring as a Third Officer in 2006. During that time, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Civilian Support of the Global War on Terrorism, among other honors. John was a Veteran of the US Navy. He was an avid reader and solitaire player. Jack loved history, his newly acquired 1953 MG-TD convertible, and his dog, Paddy. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he resided in Trenton and Bordentown for many years before coming to Whiting in 2002.

Jack is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Viola (Keller) O'Brien and by his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Irene O'Brien. Jack was loved and will be deeply missed by his loving bride, Donna (Britton) O'Brien. He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth A. "Beth" Smink & her husband Raymond of Jackson; a son, John O'Brien Jr., & his wife Ruth of Monroe; 3 grandchildren, Jessica, Jillian & Colleen; and 2 step grandchildren, Julia & Amanda; a brother, George V. O'Brien & his wife Carol of Franklin Park. John also is survived by his nieces, Lauren & Dana O'Brien, Heather, Meghan, Melissa and a nephew, Timothy J. O'Brien of Charlotte, NC.

Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 115 Lacey Road, Whiting. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3 from St. Aloysius R.C. Church, 935 Bennett's Mills Road, Jackson, NJ 08527. 732-370-0500. Committal will follow at the North Crosswicks Cemetery in Crosswicks, NJ 08515. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request considering a donation to Jacey's Journey, a foundation dedicated to helping children with Spinal MuscularAtrophy. This can be done online at For more information, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 1, 2014
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