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O'BRIEN RAYMOND VINCENT O'BRIEN Raymond Vincent O'Brien, born April 20, 1939, in Providence, RI, entered eternal life on August 13, 2013, in Winchester, VA. The youngest of five children of Thomas and Mary O'Brien, Raymond graduated from LaSalle Academy and Providence College before moving to Washington, DC in 1961. There he met his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Daly O'Brien, whom he married in 1964. Together, they raised a family in Falls Church, VA, until her death in 1992 after 28 years of marriage. In 1997, Raymond married Deirdre Baran O'Brien. They relocated to Winchester, VA in 2009. In 1963, after serving as a Washington Monument tour guide and Capitol Policeman, Raymond began serving as an Aide to Speaker John McCormack in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his years in the Speaker's office, Raymond amassed both friendships and stories of old time politics that would remain with him for the rest of his life. Raymond took a job as a lobbyist with ITT Corporation in 1966. He stayed with ITT until his retirement in 1994. Raymond spent his retirement as an active volunteer with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington and San Damiano Spiritual Life Center. Raymond was an active Knight of Columbus, volunteer CYO basketball coach, sports commissioner and religious education teacher at St. John's Catholic Church in McLean, score keeper for McLean High School basketball, volunteer for Lazarus at the Gate and So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.), lector and extraordinary minister at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Washington, DC, and volunteer at the Knights of Columbus soup kitchen in Winchester. In addition to his community and church involvement, Raymond was an avid sports fan and golfer. When not volunteering during the day, he could be found on the golf course. His March 2005 hole-in-one on the thirteenth hole at River Bend won him mention in the Washington Post's sports page. He was passionate about the Washington Capitals, Providence College Basketball, professional baseball, and any sport his grandchildren were playing. Raymond was predeceased in death by his parents, his first wife, Elizabeth Ann, and his four brothers and sisters. He is survived by his second wife of 16 years, Deirdre, his four daughters, Kathy (Paul) Degutis of Herndon, VA, Colleen (Richard) Nappi of Berryville, VA, Kelley (John) Campbell of Stephens City, VA, and Sheilia (Donald) Forrer of Springfield, VA. He is also survived by his 20 grandchildren who adored their Poppy: Erin, Katie and Matthew Degutis; Joseph, Alana, Vincent, Sheilia, Richard, and Mary Kate Nappi; Collin, Elizabeth, Brigid, Brendan, Timmy and Luke Campbell; and Genevieve, Declan, Therese, Marcella and Colman Forrer. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, at Murphy's Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 19, at 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave., Falls Church. Burial immediately following at St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CCAP (Congregational Community Action Program), 112 S. Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601, ccapwinc.org.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 16, 2013
Raymond Vincent O'Brien
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