BARRINGTON — Richard J. O'Brien, 84, a longtime resident of Barrington, NH, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Friday November 29th, 2013 at the Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover.
He was born November 23rd, 1929 in Portsmouth, NH. Growing up, he was active in high school sports, before serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Korean War. He worked for Shell Oil Company and owned his own private business consulting firm, before retiring to Barrington.
He celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary, this year, to Joan (Sawyer) O'Brien with whom they had six children, 17 grand children, and five great-grand children.
He loved building furniture, wood carving, playing bridge and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an active volunteer in the Town of Barrington, involved in many town activities and projects, including serving as the town Treasurer.
Richard had two sisters, Kathleen Prindeville, of West Roxbury, MA and Jean Mason, of Atlanta, GA and a brother Edward O'Brien of Portsmouth, NH.
His children, Beth LaSalle and her husband Brian of Yarmouth, ME, Dr. Richard J. O'Brien, Jr. and his wife Anne of Laconia, NH, Theresa Maxwell and her husband Richard of Penacook, NH, Allan O'Brien and his wife Christine of Concord, NH, Michael O'Brien and his wife Norma of Loudon, NH. Grandchildren, Megan Kinsman, Erin LaSalle, Seamus O'Brien, Jonathan O'Brien, Timothy O'Brien, Benjamin O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Susannah O'Brien, Michael O'Brien, Colleen O'Brien, Grace O'Brien, Christopher Maxwell, Andrew O'Brien, Lauren O'Brien, Patrick O'Brien, Rory O'Brien, and Hannah O'Brien. Great-grandchildren, Jacob and Miles Kinsman, Logan Sargent, and Liam and Lisette O'Brien.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Christine.
Visiting hours will be 4-5 p.m. on Friday December 6th followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. at the Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Rd., Rte. 4, Lee, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barrington Community Food Pantry, PO Box 617, Barrington, NH, 03825, or call 664-9007.
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