Mr. Michael J. O’Brien, of Waltham, died on March 17, 2014 in his home surrounded by family. He was 62.
Michael was born in Galway, Ireland, on September 30, 1951, a son of Mary (Connors) O’Brien and the late Alfred O’Brien.
At the age of five he moved to United States, living in Watertown for a short time before settling in Waltham. He graduated from Waltham Vocational High School in 1970 and then joined the Air Force, serving during the Vietnam Era.
He studied at Sylvania Technical Institute and worked for over thirty-eight years as an electronics technician at Raytheon in both Waltham and Andover.
He was proud of his heritage and loved all things Irish, especially its music. He worked hard to provide for his family but always made sure to be home in time to share dinner with them.
He was the ‘jack of all trades’ and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. The family looked forward to their trips to Cape Cod to visit and spend time at Mary O’Brien’s home.
He was the husband of the late Noreen T. (Spracklin) O’Brien and is survived by his children, James M. O’Brien of Waltham, Daniel W. O’Brien and his wife, Christina, of Watertown and Stephen J. O’Brien and his wife, Brooke, of Alabama; his granddaughter Fiona O’Brien and also leaves his girlfriend Lori Arena of Waltham.
Family and friends will honor and remember Michael’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, March 20th, from 3 to 7 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Burial will follow at 1:15 p.m. in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. To share a memory or offer condolences visit www.joycefuneralhome.com