MORRISVILLE - Charles Kevin O'Brien, 62, died unexpectedly while on vacation in Miami after complications from a lingering illness on Friday, January 7, 2011.
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He was born on April 5, 1948, in Burlington, the son of the late Francis and Mary (Duddy) O'Brien.
Charlie graduated from Rice High School and then served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict on the U.S.S. Halsey and the U.S.S. Waccamaw as a marine mechanic. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Vermont and graduated in 1975.
After graduation, Charlie started a career in the United States Postal Service as a postal clerk in Montpelier in May of 1975. From there he transferred to the bulk mail facility in Springfield, Mass., then became a supervisor at the Concord, N.H. Post Office. He then was promoted to Postmaster in Middlebury and later was Postmaster in Barre, where he retired in May of 2003.
Charlie was a proud member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk's in Hartford, the American Legion in Morrisville and was Club Manager and Post Adjutant of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #9653, in Lamoille County. He also volunteered his time as a coach for the Special Olympics and was very involved in raising money for the Silver Towers. Charlie will always be remembered for being very outgoing and giving to anyone in need.
He is survived by his daughter, Megan Conrad, and her husband Jon and their children, Nathan, Dylan and Caitlyn of Barre; the love of his life, Heather Payne of Morrisville and her two daughters: Hilary Payne-Vinick and her children, Gabriel and Ethan, and Sarah Payne-Vinick and her companion Alex Walker. He also leaves a brother, Shawn O'Brien and his wife Linda of Brackettville, Texas, and his family, Patrick O'Brien and his wife Melissa and their children, Peyton and Kallee; his sister, Mary Frances Gieb and her husband Robert of Fort Worth, Texas, and their family, Erin and Cauley. Charlie also left behind his beloved dog Casey, who died on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 15, 2010, at 10 a.m. in St. John Vianney Catholic Church in South Burlington. Interment will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Charlie's name to the Silver Towers Camp, C/O Brian Gaura, Rutland Elk's Lodge #345, P.O. Box 146, Rutland, VT 05702-146. Visiting hours will be on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be an Elk's service at 7 p.m. with a prayer service to follow from members of the V.F.W. Post #9653 in Morrisville. Arrangements are by the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. in Winooski.
Published in Times Argus from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2011