Brigid H. O'Brien
Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home
2900 Summer Street
Stamford, CT
O'Brien, Brigid H.
Born Brigid Dwyer Hume on November 25, 1933, at Norwalk Hospital, she was the daughter of Raphael Hume and Mary Ellen Butler Hume. A lifelong Stamford resident, she graduated from the Academy of the Holy Child in Suffern NY, and attended Rosemont College and Yale University. She is survived by her son, John Patrick O'Brien, his wife Erica and their daughter Sophia, and by her daughter, Polly O'Brien Morrow, her husband Robert and their daughters Kristin and Kaitlyn. She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Louise Hume and Justine Shultz, her sister-in-law, Tulita Hume, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years, John Robert O'Brien, her sisters, Dorothy Knapp and Elizabeth Ciseau, and her brother, Thomas Hume. She grew up on Westover Road in the house on Chub Creek designed by her architect father. She taught preschool before marrying her husband John on May 3, 1958, at St. Maurice Church in Stamford. They resided in Woodside Village before moving to Ralsey Road in Shippan in the late 1960s. Soon after John's passing in 1998, Brigid moved to her beautiful Heywood Heights condominium. She was a homemaker, loving parent, Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Troop Leader, and was always ready to lend a hand wherever it was needed. She was an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Woodway Country Club, the Shippan Point Garden Club, and had been a friend of Bill W. since 1984. A wonderful cook, she took classes at the New School and briefly worked for St. John's in Noroton and Smith Barney in New York City during the 1980s. She shared her love of cooking with many friends and family members and was a fabulous hostess who particularly loved hosting tea parties in recent years. She was a prolific painter with a passion for watercolors – the wetter the better! She studied with Diane Faxon, Rowayton Arts Center, Silvermine, and at artists' workshops at the Greenville Arms in the Catskills, and the Coastal Maine Art Workshops in Port Clyde with teachers such as Barbara Nechis, Frank Webb, and Stanley Maltzman. Her works have been displayed at the New Canaan Carriage Barn and Bar Bel Jewelry store. Brigid was a passionate supporter of the environment, and loved was an adventurous traveler. She loved visiting her sisters in Berkelely, CA, and Oxford, England. National Parks visited included Acadia, Bryce, Monument, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. She also crossed the Arctic Circle on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. Closer to home in recent years, she enjoyed visiting family and friends in Martha's Vineyard and Decatur, Georgia. She was known for her kindness, faith, and generosity of spirit, and was a terrific friend, confidant and advisor to many. Above all else, she was gracious, and always had a positive thing to say about everyone. One of the words often used to describe her was "sweet." Visiting Hours will held at Leo P. Gallagher and Sons Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford on Monday, August 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, 1200 Shippan Avenue in Stamford on Tuesday, August 25 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to your favorite environmental organization or charity. Among Brigid's favorites were the Bartlett Arboretum (, where she painted many a beautiful flower and landscape, and the National Parks Conservation Association ( Online condolences may be made by visiting

Published by Stamford Advocate on Aug. 23, 2015.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Funeral services provided by:
Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

25 Entries
For Brigid, who understood every reference...
"et venga tosto, perche Morte fura/prima i migliori et lascia star i rei:/ questa aspettata al regno delli dei/ cosa bella mortal passa et non dura."
Mary Anne Shea
September 11, 2015
Rest in Peace dear Brigid. It was a pleasure being around you for two years, I had great afternoons sitting at the pool talking to you and watching the girls with your help!
You were and will always be the best host grandma!
Letícia Pavan
September 10, 2015
Dear O'Brien family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sorry I was out of town and missed the wake and funeral. I would have liked to pay my deep respects. Brigid was a unique and shining gem who lit up the room with her kind radiance.By her quiet example she showed others how to "trudge the road of Happy Destiny," and that is just one of her many legacies. She'll be missed by many.
mary ann mahan
August 30, 2015
I'll miss my friend Brigid....RIP my sweet friend
deborah cole
August 27, 2015
On behalf of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we offer our condolences for the passing of your loved one, who was a sister in Girl Scouting. Her dedication to girls was remarkable and respected by all. We offer you our sincerest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Mary Barneby, CEO
Mary Barneby
August 27, 2015
Dear Obrien family,

Bridget is a good friend and I use the present tense on purpose. I just got a note from a friend that she passed 5 minutes ago. I'm very sad. If she's not in heaven already I don't know if there is any hope for the rest of us.

I shared this poem with her and I'd like to share it with you it's called "A Miracle in Time" she liked it.
We are just a whisper in the miracle of time.
What now, what hour, what day,what decade,or what year.
We're sand grains in the moment washed away with just a tear.
So take a chance and laugh at life he's counted every hair.
Just fall into his arms of love.
Be channels of his peace.
We're grains of sand it rest in the moment of his grace.
We are the children of a kind and gentle God who showers us with blessings every day.
His love has no conditions there are no strings attached
so take a chance and laugh at life he's counted every day,just fall into his arms of love behold is Holy Face.
Surrounded with his grace.
Jla 2007
Thank you Bridget for all your help you were definitely a miracle in our time. Joe
Joe Avalos
August 26, 2015
Polly and Pat,

May your fond Memories of your Mom bring you Peace.
Sheila Greer
August 26, 2015
Always kind.loving,and smiling
Youll be missed at the Club by many
Brian Kane
August 25, 2015
Brigid, you helped me for 25 years at The Club with your wisdom, gentle ways and quiet support. I have missed you and all our friends since I moved. Thank you! You helped many. Rest in Peace.
Fran Kraus
August 25, 2015
RIP Brigid - you were a true gem
Mike & Dawn Lyons
August 25, 2015
A tree is known by the fruits it bears. Brigid's compassion and wonderful spirit are beautifully evident in Polly's life of compassion and service. Peace and blessings to the family.
Sheryl Battles
August 24, 2015
Dear Polly, Patrick and family,
I feel very blessed to have been able to get to know Brigid. Thank you so much for sharing her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
With love,
Sue Rigano
August 24, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 23, 2015
Brigid I so respected you and your many years of gracious living in the moment, taking care of your husband and still smiling
I love you and thank you
August 23, 2015
I loved being around her. She was a great spirit -- kind, generous, sincere, and gentle. She will be so greatly missed and remembered lovingly.
Jennifer Betts
August 23, 2015
Polly & family,
Brigid was a kind, patient woman, always helpful when I called at odd hours looking for your father. Having worked with him for several years, I can tell you his family was everything to him. Sorry for your loss.
John Roman
August 23, 2015
My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Adele Gordon
August 23, 2015
Brigid was just so kind and sweet. My condolences to family. We will miss her at "The Club"
Dan Nicolini
August 23, 2015
Brigid I always called you Bridgette. You always took the time to say hello ,and you always asked me how I was doing? And took the time to listen and really care . I knew you were sick but you never complained ,that was your way . I will always miss seeing you at the club. That table now will have one more empty chair, I always admired you. I picked up a 30 year coin today at the club. May you always rest in peace. You are loved by by me
Marc Cumming
August 23, 2015
Dear Polly,

Sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. Thoughts and prayers are with you and you family at this time.

Dawn Solomon
August 23, 2015
Our thoughts and sympathy are with you, we will miss my Aunt Brigid
Bernard Knapp % Megan Madden
August 23, 2015
Mrs. O'Brian was a neighbor at Haywood Heights the past 13 years. I would often see her walking her dog when I was walking my dog.
Mrs.O'Brian was a lovely lady.
I extend my deepest sympathy.
Sandy Bliss
August 23, 2015
Truly "sweet" is a wonderful way to describe Brigid. She will be missed by all that were blessed to have known her.
Pat R.
August 23, 2015
I feel honored to have known Bridget and will cherish my memories of her. She was a true lady and one of my role models. We enjoyed discussing art and literature. I knew, as a fellow wordsmith, that she understood my literary references. She left a beautiful legacy for many people.
Barbara Curran
August 23, 2015
I'm very sorry for your loss Polly.
Sue rahaim
August 23, 2015
Showing 1 - 25 of 25 results