John J.  O'Brien


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Newbury, MA - John J. O'Brien, or just simply, "Johnny O," 69, of Newbury, died peacefully at his home early Sunday morning, July 28, 2019, as the sun rose, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family. He was the devoted husband of Ann (D'Addario) O'Brien, to whom he was married for 36 years.

Born in Cambridge, November 9, 1949, he was the son of the late Dr. Frederick and Helen (Griffin) O'Brien.

John was a veteran of the Vietnam War, proudly serving with the United States Air Force from January 6, 1969, until his honorable discharge on January 5, 1970, with the rank of Sergeant.

In addition to his beloved wife, Ann, he is also survived by his three children, Sacha Field and husband Zach of Amesbury, Ashley Hopkins and husband Wayne of Newbury, and Shawn O'Brien of Manchester, N.H. John was also the loving Popi to his granddaughter, Marlie Field, who he absolutely adored. He had three brothers, Joseph, Mark and Frederick O'Brien; two sisters, Carmeline O'Brien and Gail Ann Houlahan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends. Although his passing has left a great void, they will honor his legacy by enjoying life to the fullest.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green Street, Newburyport. Burial will be private for the family. Per John's request, rather than flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, where he received the most incredible and compassionate care (
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Rebekah Stafford
Aug 16, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of John J. O'Brien.  Plant a tree
Caroline Leavitt
Aug 11, 2019
I have loved Annie since Junior High, and as soon as I met John, around 6 years ago, I loved him, too. I remember one remarkable dinner at the house in Plum Island. He took the time to show me how to douse! We talked about quantum physics, life, love, art, and by the end of that first evening, John and I hugged because we felt we had known each other forever. And we had. And we will. I am showering the whole family with love. What an honor and a blessing it was for me to know this remarkable man.
Cindy and Richard Smigliani
Aug 05, 2019
Dear Fred & Elaine,
Thinking of you and your family during a most difficult time. Our most sincere condolences to all of your family.
Cindy and Richard Smigliani
Joanne Morin
Aug 01, 2019
Ann and family- I am so sad and shocked to hear of John’s passing. My heart breaks for you all. Tom and I feel very blessed to have met him a few years ago- the love and joy in your family was palpable. May God provide you His peace and comfort now and in the days to come. Much love from our family to yours.
Susan Newhouse
Jul 31, 2019
Dear Sacha -
Charlie and I are so saddened to hear of your Dad's death. Our hearts go out to you and all your family.
Paula Lennerton
Jul 31, 2019
Sweetest Sunrise Bouquet was purchased for the family of John J. O'Brien by Paula Lennerton.  Send flowers
Riverfront Marine Family
Jul 30, 2019
In the short time we were blessed to know John, he made a huge impact on our lives in a positive way. He will be deeply missed on the Parker River.
Gail-Ann Houlahan
Jul 30, 2019
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of John J. O'Brien by Gail-Ann Houlahan.  Send flowers
Keith and Cindy Chipman
Jul 30, 2019
John was privileged man to have
been surrounded by the love of his family, sorry for your loss.
Peg Brady
Jul 29, 2019
You are all in our thoughts and prayers! God Rest His Soul!
Kathy Rando ODonnell
Jul 29, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. It was great that you had 36 years together and enjoyed your family together.
Richard and Bernice D’Addario
Jul 29, 2019
John we will miss you terribly.
Carol Danner
Jul 29, 2019
Sacha - I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Pedi. Hem.-Onc.
Harry Lennerton
Jul 29, 2019
I am sad at John's passing. My heart goes out to Anne and the family. Soar with the angels John. We will meet at the appointed place.
Paula Harold lennerton
Jul 29, 2019
We're so sorry to learn of John's passing. We are so happy we got to spend some time with you and john. What a wonderful man. Our condolences to you and your family. Love you.