Robert G. O’Brien, 65, of Wareham, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a long illness. He was the husband of Ellen G. (Lord) O’Brien.
Born in Bell Island, Newfoundland, the son of the late Gerald J. O’Brien and Mary (McCarthy) Thompson, Bob came to Massachusetts in 1961 and has lived in Wareham since 1989.
Bob loved his job as a social worker. He worked for Old Colony Elderly Services and High Point Treatment Center. Bob had the ability to reach out to people in the most difficult situations and make them feel heard. Whether he was wheeling around town interacting with the community or spending time with his family and friends, Bob was always trying to put a smile on someone's face and make people laugh.
He enjoyed camping, fishing and the outdoors and took pride in building his own fire pit. Bob's grandchildren are the lights in his life and will continue his story for years to come.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Catherine O’Brien of Wareham, Elisabeth O’Brien of Fairhaven, and Kara O’Brien-Jalbert of Chelmsford; his siblings, Patrick O’Brien and Mary O’Brien both of New Bedford, and Gerald O’Brien of Ontario, Canada; his grandchildren, Leah, Owen, Kaylee and Lucas Gallagher, Audrey O’Brien, and Alaina Jalbert. Also surviving are his son in-law, Michael Gallagher and many nieces and nephews. Bob is predeceased by his siblings Vivian Niles, Sheila Jones and Margaret O'Brien.
His funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham on Mon., June 10, 2019 at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, Onset Ave., Onset at 10 AM. Interment will be private. Visiting hours will be Sunday from 3 – 6 PM at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Assoc., 1661 Worcester Road, Suite 301 Framingham, MA 01701.