Daniel F O'Brien
1949 - 2017
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O'Brien, Daniel F,

O'BRIEN , DANIEL F. age 67 of Big Flats , NY passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday January 7, 2017 at home . Danny was born October 28 , 1949 in Brooklyn , NY the son of the late William B. and Catherine C. Wikelaitis O' Brien . His family moved to Horseheads , NY in 1965 when his father worked for Ann Page . Danny was a graduate of Horseheads High School Class of 1968. Danny married his wife , Donna Marie Raville O'Brien, on May 27 , 1972. He joined The Chemung County Sheriff's Department and retired as Senior Investigator . Dan was a graduate of The F.B.I. National Academy . Danny was a member of The U.S. Army Reserves for many years. He was a long-time Town Board Member for The Town of Big Flats and volunteer at Big Flats Community Days. Dan went on to become a Chemung County Legislator serving District 2 . He was also a member of The Corning Country Club for many years. He was Head of Security at the Arnot Mall before he decided to leave and start his own business. Danny owned and operated O'Brien Investigations and was retired from The Chemung County Sheriff's Department. Danny was pre-deceased by his father William B. O'Brien on September 4 , 1966 , his mother Catherine C. Wikelaitis O'Brien on January 18 , 1998 , his brother William B. O'Brien Jr. on August 19, 2000, his nephew William B. O'Brien III on June 7 , 1992 , his mother-in-law and fathers-in-law Joyce Dumas Raville Panzarella on October 29 , 1983 , Edward Raville in August 1992 , and Frank G. Panzarella on September 2 , 1995. Danny was an avid New York Giants Football Fan ! He was a former communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church and presently attended His Tabernacle Church in Horseheads , NY . Danny loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them especially his grandchildren Paige and Jacob. Danny is survived by his wife Donna M. O'Brien ; daughters and son-in-law : Shannon L. O'Brien McInerney & Patrick McInerney of Erin , NY and Jennifer A. O'Brien and fiancé Joan Rule of Rochester , NY ; grandchildren : Paige McInerney and Jacob McInerney of Erin , NY sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law ; Joy & Mark Barney of Malone , NY , Lisa Panzarella & fiancé Kevin McCarthy of Horseheads , NY , and Michael Raville of Malone , NY ; step-mother-in-law : Nancy Raville of Malone , NY ; sister-in-law : Sharon E. Wood O'Brien Maloney & Dan Maloney of North Carolina ; several nieces , nephews , grand nieces , grand nephews , cousins , and a host of caring friends . Relatives and friends are invited call at the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS , NY on Wednesday January 11 , 2017 from 4-8 PM . Danny's Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday January 12 , 2017 at 11 AM with Pastor Michael Spencer officiating. Danny will be laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads, NY. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made towards an Educational Scholarship Fund for his grandchildren: Paige and Jacob, C/O Shannon McInerney 36 Shamrock Drive Erin, NY 14838. Words of Condolence and memories may be shared at www.lynchsfuneralhome.com .




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Published in Star-Gazette from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, 2017.
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January 2, 2020
Too young, Daniel. I was in the army with Dan, in a group of 12 or 13 who went through together. Everyone knew Dan. He had such an outgoing, gregarious personality that he couldn't be missed by anyone. Wish you were still around for a get together.
Doug Surine
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January 2, 2020
Dan, You were always there to help. Miss your laughter. You left us to carry on the good works you started. Hope that we we do that. Rest In Peace.
Paul Reidy
January 25, 2017
Jenn, Donna, and Shannon,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
-Karen (Huff) Curtis
January 14, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Danny you were my boss at the mall for many years and became a good friend. I learned a lot about law enforcement from you. God speed.
Dean Swan
January 11, 2017
May Condolences and Prayers be with the family. Danny was a great guy, Used to detail his car at United detail, he always told me to tell Jason the cowboys were going down when they met the giants. You will be greatly missed in our area Danny, So long my friend.
Eric Weigel
January 11, 2017
Very sad news. I had sent Dan a facebook message just last week after being out contact for many years. Was hoping to reunite with Dan and the others of 'The 12' who went through the army together. Too late. Dan was always the life of any group and was and will be remembered fondly.
Doug Surine
January 11, 2017
Donna,Shannon ,Jen
I'm so sorry to hear of Danny's passing . Growing up you all were a big part of my younger years . Your in my thoughts and prayers always
Helen Barber
January 11, 2017
Dan,
You'll be missed by many. Rest in peace my friend.
Bob Osborne
January 10, 2017
Dear Donna,

I am quite sad to hear the news of Dan. And I'm so sorry.

If you recall, we met after army days in Endicott and maybe a mutual trip to Ithaca. I have very fond memories of Dan. He was a wonderful person as you well know and we are all lucky we crossed paths with him. I was hoping to see him once again with all the other Drill Sgts from those interesting times.

Take care and God bless.
Phil Morris
January 10, 2017
Donna so sorry for your loss . We remember all the fun times and fond memories to be cherished forever. God bless you and your family . I'm here if you need anything . Pat and John
Pat and John Mahon
January 10, 2017
Jeff Black
January 10, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Danny's passing. My heart goes out to all of his family and friends in this sad time. Danny and my Dad went way back and we had several opportunities to share a drink and a laugh as he regaled me with amusing stories from time gone by. He was a great guy and he will be missed. God Bless.
Jeffrey Black
January 10, 2017
My Condolences To The Family Of Mr.Daniel O'BRIEN.He Will Be Missed.Sending Prayer's For All.James and Denise Strait
Denise Strait
January 10, 2017
Danny O'Brian...gone, such a nice guy, his brother Bill also gone, I knew them both and liked them because they were fellow officers and my friends.
When they first arrived in our area they were hard to understand because they were from Brooklyn NY, but it was evident that they were both great guys . Both became law enforcement officers and were good at the job...sorry that both are now gone.
Al Wilson Capt. Elmira NY City Police (RET.)
Al Wilson
January 9, 2017
Prayers for Danny's family for peaceful hearts thru this difficult time. I am honored that I had a chance to know Danny he was a good man and a good friend. He was the best of the best at his profession. His presence will be missed. God Bless. We'll see you when we get there Dan.
Colleen Osborn
January 9, 2017
To the O'Brian family, We are so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in your time of sorrow. He was a friend and will be sadly missed. Sincerely, Roger and Bonnie Walton
Roger and Bonnie Walton
January 9, 2017
I remember Dan from my days of working with him Big Flats Community Days yearly event and his support to the Big Flats Parks programs. Always a gentlemen and willing to help and lead.
i am sure heaven will accept him with arms open.
Larry Werts
January 9, 2017
Dan was a good friend and served Chemung County for many years.
Mike Berry
January 9, 2017
O'Brien family,
So Sorry to hear about Danny passing. Our prayers will be with all of you.
Sandy&Curt Roberts
January 9, 2017
So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family during this very difficult time.
Lori Kline Peters, Ashley and Payton Kline
Lori Kline Peters
January 9, 2017
Sorry to see you are gone, Danny. You always seemed bigger than life. I'm going to the grill just to lift a glass of dewars on the rocks in tribute to you. :'-(

And for Danny's family, my sympathy in this difficult time of such sadness.
Josephine DeTar
January 9, 2017
Very sorry to hear about your dad (Shannon and Pat & Kids), you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Evans Family
January 9, 2017
Donna
I was very sad to hear of Dan's passing. So many fond memories of our high school days. May he rest in peace. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Sincerely, Berneice
BERNEICE (DAILEY) HASKELL
January 9, 2017
I'm so sorry Donna. Prayers to you and your family
Bonnie Deraiche
January 9, 2017
I'm at a loss for words. Such a wonderful man. My prayers go out for his family with deepest sympathy.
Janeen Kelly
January 9, 2017
Donna,so sorry to hear about Daniel,sending my Condolences to you and the Family. You and the Family are in my paryers.
Catherine Pensabene-Snyder
January 9, 2017
Donna and Family,
So sorry to hear about Danny. Way too soon! My thoughts are with all of you.
Don
Don McNulty
January 9, 2017
I was saddened as I was shocked to hear of Danny's passing. Thankful that I just ran into him awhile back and of course we talked about my dad, Ed Black, and he asked about mom. Always a story to tell. He was a wonderful , funny guy who will be greatly missed. May your memories ease your present sorrow. In my thoughts.
Susan Szewczyk-Black
January 9, 2017
My condolences to the Obrien family. Dan was a great guy and will be missed by all. RIP Dan.
Nick Chalk
January 9, 2017
Danny and Donna graced our lives for Kimmy Chapman's wedding (my niece and beloved God-daughter) down here in Gainesville, Florida. His and Donna's broad smiles and loving demeanors lit up our night and made this wedding in early December 2016 one of the loveliest and happiest I can ever recall. Danny had the ability, with a single smile, to erase a thousand years of not seeing him - and turn those years into a beautiful blessing. God bless you, our dear friend. And, BTW, if you ever decide to renew those wedding vows, I am ALWAYS at your service. You are both loved eternally.
Linda Cirulli-Burton
January 8, 2017
For Jen, Shannon and Donna,Thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you grieve this very special man. He was always so kind to me and offered hugs when I would see him around town. He will be missed. Love, Wendy Sweely Jackson
Wendy Sweely- Jackson
January 8, 2017
Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tina Scott-Corum
January 8, 2017
Dawn Fritz
January 8, 2017
Dear Sweet Cousins, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my heart and prayers. May the Lord wrap you in the White Light of His Love and give you comfort. ❤ MaryM
January 8, 2017
Donna, Shannon and Jennifer, I'm so sorry to hear of Danny's passing. He was a big part of my youth. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donna McNulty Sauers
January 8, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
steve choe
January 8, 2017
Informal Gathering of the CC Legislayure circa 2002
Our heartfelt condolence goes out to the family of our good friend Dan, whom I had the pleasure of serving with on the Chemung County Legislature and knowing as a personal friend. We always enjoyed his company. The news of his passing was a shocker. Dan, our good friend may your Soul Rest in Peace.
Sid & Jo Graubard
January 8, 2017
Love u all shannon, pat, paige, jacob, donna and jen...our deepest sympathies and love ur way....a great loss to his family and the community....
Cindy and Sean Mcinerney
January 8, 2017
June 1972 - I got to connect with a great person, a friend. Many memories and lasting friendship. Danny was like a brother. This world gets smaller with Danny moving on to the Heaven above. My heart bleeds for this loss, to all family and friends, may the angels bless.
Larry Preston
January 8, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was such a nice guy. He will be missed. Please let me know if I can do anything for you
Stacey Huftalen
January 8, 2017
Please accept my condolences. I worked with Dan for many years, both in his capacity as a criminal investigator and a private investigator. He was always a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with.

Dick Moriarty
Richard Moriarty
January 8, 2017
We send our deepest sympathy to the family of Danny. Your fella was a really personable man. Enjoyed knowing him when we lived in Big Flats.
Judy and Walt Seyter
Judy and Walt Seyter
January 8, 2017
Donna, Shannon and Jennifer,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I first knew Danny as one of the grownups in the neighborhood as I was growing up, but when I moved back home after college I'd run into Danny through work and he watched out for me like the big brother I never had. Regrettably I hadn't seen him in many years but I will miss him forever. Prayers that God brings you peace and comfort at this difficult time.
NancyLynn (Schurr) Thiele
January 8, 2017
Donna, Shannon and Jennifer, my Prayers and sorrow are with you all upon learning of Dan's passing. Dan will be missed by many and loved by all. He was a great friend and co-worker....Rest In Peace Dan and may God be with you.
Wayne & Nancy Ellison
January 8, 2017
We have so many great memories of Danny. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Judy and Dean Zimmerman
January 8, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Danny's unexpected passing! Our prayers are with your family!
The Andersons
Sharon Anderson
January 8, 2017
To the family of Danny. I am so sorry for your loss. I have gotten to know some of you over the years and I can say he was a lucky man to have you all in his corner. He had a good heart and was lots of laughs. Peace be with you all.
leslie mccarthy
January 8, 2017
Donna, Shannon and Jennifer; Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. Danny was a great guy and will be missed by all. Many fun times remembered. Prayers for the entire family.
Bill and LouAnn Howe
January 8, 2017
I have known Danny since we worked in the A & P Plant in 1968.

We played together in the Corning Member-Member years ago. On hole number 15, a par 3 along side the halfway, he teed off and put his shot directly through the window about 30 feet away. He wasn't a golfer but was a great partner.

We cannot say I have ever met a man with a sunnier outlook on life each time you met him. We will miss him.

Please accept our condolences regarding Dan's untimely passing.
John & Kathy Mustico
January 8, 2017
O'Brien Family and Friends:
So Sorry for the loss of Danny. He will be greatly missed. A great classmate and friend,Alwayys a smile and happy times when he was present.
Judy Segar-Rhodes
January 8, 2017
Condolences to Danny's family. Always enjoyed talking with Danny and enjoying his sense of humor. We also shared a love for the New York Giants football team and that led to some interesting times.
Mark Fleisher
January 8, 2017
Our sincere sympathy to the family. Our unique relationship has endured more than 45 years. You will be missed Dan. So sorry for your loss....
Maureen & Sonny Brown
January 8, 2017
Memories of working with Dan on Big Flats Community Days and help he offered in many other ways make this news especially hard to accept. My condolences to your family. I'm sure many other friends an colleagues feel the same sense of loss.
Paul Reidy
January 8, 2017
Mrs. Obrien, I am so sorry to hear about Danny. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, he was a great person. Margaret(CCC)
Margaret Briggs
January 8, 2017
To Dan's family,
Dan and I went to high school together and were pretty good friends, but then we both went our different directions. He was such a great man and good friend.
I'm at a loss for words.......
Larry Catlin
January 8, 2017
Dan you surely will be missed I've known you for yrs, you were a great guy.
Penny Andrews
January 7, 2017
Linda Cirulli-Burton
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