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Robert "Bob" O'Brien died on April 8, 2014 as a result of a fall-related head injury. He was 82 years old. He leaves his wife Caroline, his sister Margaret O'Brien Lavallee, and a large family of 7 children and step-children, 17 grandchildren, a niece, 3 nephews, and 7 great-nieces/nephews. Bob grew up in Providence, RI, attended Manhattan College and later Harvard Business School, and also served as an artillery officer in the US Army Bob had wide-ranging pursuits and accomplishments throughout his career. He was a successful entrepreneur in the 1960's with pioneering ventures including the first company to market corporate fitness programs and an early cable-TV venture that linked surgeons to rural low income hospitals in Puerto Rico. He advised both Massachusetts and Puerto Rico governments on the development of commercial fisheries and he launched a company that consulted with the Federal government on bio-dynamic and ocean-related research. He worked for many years as a management consultant for a broad range of corporate and pro-bono clients, ranging from several Fortune 500 companies to St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts. He was a longtime Board Director for the Carroll Center for the Blind and also for the National Braille Press. He tutored and mentored many students at the School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Florida. Bob loved his hobbies as well. He was an avid reader, a beautiful writer, an accomplished amateur historian and a lover of classical and jazz music. He spent thousands of hours restoring, tinkering with and showing off his collection of old cars. He loved sailing, from his boyhood summers on Narragansett Bay to later summers on Cape Cod and Boston Harbor. In recent years he took up soaring and greatly enjoyed his time both in the air and on the ground with his fellow glider pilots. He was a regular visitor to St. Joseph's Abbey, and his time spent there with his "brothers" and in retreat helped him to reinforce his faith and to maintain a sense of peace with changes in his life. More than any of these interests and accomplishments, though, Bob loved his family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. While juggling the pressures of his career, he took time each night to read to his children while they were growing up and also shared many special projects and activities. As the grandchildren arrived and grew, he similarly built and cherished a special connection with each of them. He wrote and called regularly, sent thoughtful gifts, found special projects to share, and sought to spend time with each person individually during family get-togethers. He and Caroline traveled regularly across the country and to Europe to visit their children and grandchildren. Bob and Caroline's homes in Maine and Florida hosted many boisterous family get-togethers over the past decades, gatherings that reinforced family bonds and created many happy memories. His long devotion to his family created his most memorable and lasting legacy - a close-knit, loving and thriving extended family that misses him greatly. A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph's Abbey in May. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either St. Joseph's Abbey (167 N Spencer Rd, Spencer, MA 01562) or to National Braille Press (88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115) Read Obituary
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Margaret Louise Stoughton, March 26, 2014 of Lithia, Florida, formerly of Belmont Mass. Born in Waltham, Mass., daughter of Merton and Margaret McDonald and sister of Jeanette McDonald. Beloved wife of Robert Stoughton. Loving mother of Candace Thibodeau, Jenna Wilson, and Kristin McClellan. Cherished grandmother of Jessica Kennedy, Kaitlyn Ripley, Dianna Ripley, and Robert Ripley. Great grandmother of Collin and Brynn Kennedy. Peggy was a graduate of the Boston University School of Business. She went on to work at WNAC and WBZ, where she met her husband of 52 years. Peggy also spent over 18 years working in the Registrar's Office of Lesley University. Peggy was an avid tennis player and a passionate Boston sports fan. She was actively involved with the Belmont Recreation Program, fellowship at Plymouth Congregational and the Sun City Center United Methodist Churches. She also enjoyed travel and camping, touring on her motorcycle and playing bridge. Peggy was an incredibly special person who deeply loved her family. She loved talking to people and possessed the rare ability to listen in conversation. When she talked to you she made you feel like what you had to say was the most important thing in the world. Peggy was genuinely thoughtful and kind. She will be truly missed. At her request, no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peggy's memory to the donor's favorite charity. Her family will be holding an informal Celebration of Life at the Sons of Italy in Watertown, MA on April 22, 2014 from 3 to 6 PM. On line guest book at www.brownandhickey.com Read Obituary
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