Michael C. O’Brien of Ashland, formerly of Brighton, passed away on January 10, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved father of Christopher O’Brien and his wife Kelly of Waltham, Patrick O’Brien of Los Angeles, CA, and Matthew O’Brien of Ashland. Life Partner of twenty-two years to Cheryl Coleman of Ashland. Devoted son of Barbara (Wilhoite) Martin of Fort Myers, FL, and the late Robert O’Brien and Stepson to Jack Martin of Fort Myers, FL. Dear brother of Teresa Gorman and her husband Peter of Sturbridge, Robert “Sean” O’Brien and his wife Diane of Dedham, and Kerry O’Brien and his wife Nicole of East Boston. Loving grandfather of Theodore, William, and Reese O’Brien. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Michael graduated from Brighton High School in 1977 before enlisting in the United States Army, where he served his country proudly. After his time in the Army, Michael had many different jobs throughout his career. He approached each job with the same dedication and hard work he became known and respected for over the years. As the oldest of four children, Michael always cared for others and put others first. Michael loved music in every form; he made it a point to share that love for music with all who knew him. Michael enjoyed spending time at his camp in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, reading a book on the beach, peacefully working in the yard, and spending time with his dogs. Michael was always known for having on a new pair of sneakers and a hat and loved cheering on his NY Football Giants. He loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports, compete at Scouts, and he was never one to turn down a good video game with the kids. He was an amazing father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, partner, colleague, and friend. He touched the lives of so many people. He will truly be missed and will never, ever be forgotten.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the visitation at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, on Wednesday, January 18th, at 10:00 am, followed by a funeral mass beginning at 11:00 am. Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Michael may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org
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