MANCHESTER - Edward "OB" O'Brien, 64, died Aug. 17, 2012, at Elliot Hospital after a long illness.
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Mr. O'Brien was born in Manchester on May 3, 1948, the son of William and Marilyn (Ayer) O'Brien. He attended local schools and graduated from Manchester High School Central in 1966. He was a lifelong, loyal Manchester resident.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
"OB" was an avid sports fan. Whether it was Fisher Cats, Monarchs, Celtics, Patriots or his beloved Red Sox, his passion and support never wavered. Ed loved life and lived it his way. His unwavering loyalty to his family and friends will be greatly missed. He was a man who would give the shirt off his back for anyone. "OB" was truly one of a kind.
Ed's generosity and gentle character was limitless. He had many lifelong friends in Manchester; more importantly, Ed was a friend of Bill W. for 13 years.
"Though I hate to say goodbye, my friends, my time has come, goodbye!"
He was predeceased by a brother, William "Don" O'Brien of Manchester.
Members of his family include his partner in life, Connie Van De Veghe of Manchester; two sisters, Mary Cenatiempo and her husband, Ralph, of Manchester and Estelle Desmarais of Manchester; a sister-in-law, Barbara O'Brien of Manchester; nieces and nephews, Lucien Morissette and his wife, Julie, of Deerfield, David Morissette and his wife, Kristen, of Exeter, Adrian Newton and her husband, Kenneth, of Webster, Karen O'Brien and her husband, James Jones, of London, Jim O'Brien and his wife, Amy, of Hopkinton, Kimberly Desmarais of Manchester; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
services:There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held in Ed's honor on Friday, Aug. 24 at 11:30 a.m. at Faithbridge Church, 301 S. Main St., Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made in Ed's name to the Farnum Center of Manchester, 235 Hanover St., Manchester 03104.
The Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, 285 Manchester St., is assisting with arrangements.
Go to durningbykowskiandyoung.com to sign an online register.
Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, Inc.
285 Manchester Street Manchester, NH 03103-5210
Published in Union Leader on Aug. 19, 2012