James F. (Jim) O'Brien
1927 - 2021
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James F. (Jim) O'Brien
June 23, 1927 - Feb. 15, 2021
Resident of Los Altos
James F. (Jim) O'Brien, a 59 year resident of Los Altos, passed away on 02/15/2021. He was born and raised in Queens, NYC.
Jim was preceded in death by siblings Joan C, John T, and Jeanne M, as well as daughter Kathleen S. He is survived by Sharon E, his blue-eyed bride of 60 years, plus sons Kevin J and Daniel C.
An Army veteran, Jim first served in the European Army of Occupation during 1945-47, and from 1951-53 during the Korean War.
Interspersed with his military services, Jim earned an Economics degree from Fordham University and an MBA from NYU. He was also a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
After 11 years in New England, Jim transferred to Sylvania Electric Products in Mountain View, CA. He later co-founded ESL Inc. where he served as CFO until the company was acquired by TRW.
At Jim's core was his Catholic faith. He loved his family, his country, and enjoyed most sports. He was a much-loved AYSO/baseball/basketball coach for many years, played tennis for 60 years, and was an enthusiastic volunteer at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room for 34 years. Jim also helped coordinate funeral receptions at St. William Church for 15 years.
A private memorial mass for Jim will be held at St. William Church, Los Altos. Interment with his beloved daughter, Kathleen, is also private at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, if so inclined, the family requests donations be made to: St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room, 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025. http://paduadiningroom.com/ Please view/sign guestbook: cusimanocolonial.com


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
May God comfort and console you during this especially sad time. Please accept my sincere condolences, I am so sorry for your loss.
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