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Richard W. O'BrienOctober 21, 2017
Richard W. O’Brien, 88, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, PA. 10 days short of his 89th birthday.
Born October 31, 1928 in West Haven, CT, Richard lived in Connecticut most of his life. He was the son of the late Stephen A. O’Brien, attorney and Edith MacDonald, his parents had divorced when Richard was quite young.
Richard grew up on Hoydens Hill in Fairfield, CT at his Uncle Walt’s dairy farm. He attended grammar school in Fairfield, CT and graduated from the Warren Harding High School, Bridgeport, CT , in 1946. After serving in the Army for two years, stationed in Germany after the war, he then attended and graduated from UCONN, The University of Connecticut, in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He was a lifelong member of Jesse Lee United Methodist Church, in Easton, Ct., and a 50 year member of the Ashlar-Aspetuck Lodge No. 142 in Easton, CT. Richard worked at Marsh Dairy until they closed and then for Electric Maintenance in Black Rock for many years as accountant and bookkeeper retiring in 2006.
Richard is survived by one nephew, Denis O’Brien of Pelham, MA and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother; Thomas O’Brien and a nephew, David O’Brien both of the Amherst area of Massachusetts.
Later in life, Richard relied on the care of his cousin Warren Cederholm. He moved from Connecticut to Pennsylvania nine years ago to be closer to his cousin, he resided at Cole Manor in Coudersport, PA . While he was able, he attended Park United Methodist Church. In keeping with Richard’s wishes, burial will be private in the Lawn Cemetery, Huntington, CT. The Reverend Cederholm will preside at the service. Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA.
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