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Thomas O’Brien

THOMAS J. O’BRIEN, age 79; beloved husband for 42 years of Denise (nee Hearey); loving father of Kevin, Sean (wife Jeannine) and the late Conor; devoted grandfather of Henry and Olivia; dearest brother of Margaret “Peg” Danek (husband Frank) and the late James (wife Kathleen); dear brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many.

Thomas moved to the Cleveland area from New York in 1969 and was a resident of Gates Mills since 1980. A graduate of St. John’s University, he came from Honeywell in New York to found Neoterics Inc., a computer consulting firm. After selling the firm in 1974, Tom bought, in 1978, The old Chandler and Price Manufacturing Co., a builder of specialty printing equipment since 1847. Now named C&P Manufacturing, Thomas ran the company before its successful sale in 1989. He then bought and operated Geauga Springs, a bottled water company in Geauga County. After selling Geauga Springs to Minnehaha, he worked for Cuyahoga County for over 20 years, as Business Administrator at the Board of Elections and Senior Information Systems Administrator at The Department of Children and Family Services, before retiring. Thomas was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He also enjoyed sailing, cooking, the Cleveland Browns and classical music and theater. Thomas will be fondly remembered as a serious, reserved, kind, dependable man who was protective, generous and happy to give of himself.

Contributions may be made in Tom’s memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110.

Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 10 AM. Cremation following by DeJohn Crematory. Inurnment Private.

Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Tom at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) MONDAY 4-8 PM.

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  1. Jessica Spector Somerlot :

    I am so sorry to hear this. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Brian and Lindsay Adkins :

    Sean, Jeannine, Olivia and family,

    Brian and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. O’Brien. He accomplished so much during his time here on earth. Your family is in our thoughts. Xo

  3. Randy and Hillaire Heigh :

    Dear Denny and family, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

  4. Kathleen (O'Brien) Dorsey :

    So very sorry for your loss Aunt Denny, Kevin and Sean. You are all in our very hearts, thoughts and prayers.

    Kathleen, Scott and our children

  5. Sandy & Peter Batcheller :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We will always remember Tom as he was the one who brought Peter & I together. Your family is in our prayers.

  6. Sandy & Peter Batcheller :

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Tom as he is the one that brought Peter & I together over 45 yrs ago. Your family will be in our prayers.

  7. Dear Kevin,
    I am thinking of you and your family with love on your father’s passing.
    Peace and blessings to all. May you all be lifted in light and love.

  8. BJ and Melissa Sommer :

    My heart goes out to the entire family. May he be at peace and I know he’s with”C” in heaven. God bless all of you during this difficult time.

  9. What a shock! I’m so terribly sorry to learn about Tom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Dennis + Lu Collins :

    deepest sympathy! thoughts and prayers to your family.

  11. Fannie Loconti-Phillips :

    Praying for your family for your loss..he sounded like an amazing man..May God Bless you and keep you wraped in his arms through this time.

  12. Thomas & Kimberly Danek :

    Aunt Denny, Kevin and Sean,
    Uncle Tom was a resilient man, and he will be greatly missed. We hope the coming days will bring you rest, give you peace and help you draw strength from family and friends around you.

  13. Aunt Denny, Kevin and Sean,
    We are all very sad to hear about Uncle Tom. We’re wishing you much peace in your time of loss.
    The Colorado O’Briens–Chris, Becky, Brendan and Doolin

  14. Raymond & Nancy Kochevar :

    Dear Denise, Kevin, and Sean:
    Nancy and I just became aware of Tom’s passing. We are so sorry and weep with you. You have borne great sorrows during the years we have known you as neighbors, but Tom is now at peace and in a better place. May God rest Tom’s soul and bestow His blessings on you all.
    Raymond and Nancy Kochevar

  15. Madeline LoConti Winney :

    Although I have never met Mr. O’Brien, I think of the passage 2 Timothy 4:7. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith . . .” Through Jeannine and her pictures and writings, I have embraced the O’Brien family vicariously. It is apparent that Mr. O’Brien knew the lives he touched and the memories he has made for those he loved. He gave generously of himself in all he encountered. His unwavering persistence for all he stood for was evident in his life of faithfulness to those he loved and the dedication to his professions. I am certain he will be greatly missed. I pray God watches over all of you through this time.

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