SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Richard “Obie” O’Brien passed away unexpectedly at his home Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. He was 78 years old. He was born May 2, 1941 in Gardner, Mass. He was married to Debra Parsons (O’Brien) June 20, 1998, although they had been together since Nov. 23, 1975.
Obie attended school at Saint Joseph’s in Fitchburg, Mass. He had been employed at many places, but his favorite place was with the town of Springfield at the Recycling Center as a receiver.
He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping, and loved being at the beach. His favorite thing to do was play Santa for everyone.
He leaves behind his wife Debra O’Brien of Springfield; his children Charlotte Warrington of Canada, Jon Gaudette of Massachusetts, Gardner Sinclair III of Massachusetts, Debra Sinclair of Vermont, and Tammy O’Brien of Vermont; his sisters MaryJane Putnam of Massachusetts and Regina Fortin of Florida; his grandchildren Laura Richie, Ryan Ritchie, Frank Garceau Jr., Jacob Garceau, Trinity Garceau, Colby Sinclair, Gardner Sinclair IV, Timothy O’Connor, Austin O’Connor, and Elizabeth Crawford; 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Roy O’Brien, mother Helena (Richard) O’Brien, brother Raymond O’Brien, and son Richard O’Brien.
Visiting hours will be Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St. in Springfield, Vt. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 at Running Bear Campground 6528 in Windsor, Vt.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests for donations to the GoFundMe account to help pay for service expenses. Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements.