MANCHESTER - William "Don" O'Brien, 64, of Manchester, died Jan. 27, 2012, at his residence after a brief illness.
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He was born in Manchester, the son of William J. and Marilyn (Ayer) O'Brien, and was a lifelong resident of the Queen City. He was educated in the Manchester school system and was a 1965 graduate of Manchester Central High School.
Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was employed as a printer at Moore Business Forms with over 30 years of service.
He was an ardent sports fan and enjoyed playing basketball as well as coaching the St. Francis of Assisi basketball teams. He was also an avid New York Yankees fan, even though he rooted for them alone. Known to all as "OB," he could sometimes come across as "grumpy," but beneath it all was a big man with a heart of gold who will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors. He loved a good round of golf, was a member of the Derryfield Country Club and leaves behind his many golfing buddies. OB was also a member of the Henry J. Sweeney Post and the DAV Chapter 1 and volunteered at the Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry.
Members of his family include his wife of 39 years, Barbara (Stoklosa) O'Brien of Manchester; his son, Jim O'Brien and his wife, Amy, of Hopkinton; his daughter, Karen O'Brien, and her husband, James Jones, of London, England; his four grandchildren, Aiden O'Brien, Owen O'Brien, Liam O'Brien and Charlotte O'Brien; his brother, Edward O'Brien of Manchester; his two sisters, Estelle Desmarais of Manchester and Mary Cenatiempo and her husband, Ralph, of Manchester; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
SERVICES: A visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St., corner of Beech Street, in Manchester. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Elm St., in Manchester. Interment will follow in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry, 14 Elm St., Manchester 03103. Condolences may be offered at mchughfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 31, 2012