community was saddened at the news of the death of John O'Brien,
Clonard Grove which occurred at St Vincent's Private Nursing
Home, Elm Park on Sunday June 8th 2002. Born in Enniscorthy,
Co Wexford in October 1937, John was an accountant by profession.
He was employed for a time by Ericsson and subsequently by
Jhonsons Brothers Ltd in Ballymunt, Walkinstown, until he
retired in 1999.
was truly one of nature's gentlemen. His quite pleasant manner
and ready smile endeared him to all of us who had the pleasure
of knowing him. He was above all else an outstanding family
man. While his wife Brenda and his four sons, John, Tony,
David and Barry will miss him sorely, he has left them many
very pleasant memories to treasure.
had a great love of sport, particularly hurling and Gaelic
football. He rarely missed attending a game when one or more
of his sons were playing, and he could always be relied on
to provide transport. It gave him great pleasure when his
youngest son Barry was selected on the Dublin under 21 and
senior hurling panels this year. It was only last September
that John was asked to serve on the Executive Committee of
Naomh Olaf GAA Club as treasurer. As usual he was willing
to oblige. It was particularly busy time in the club as the
development draw was in progress.
carried out his functions quietly and efficiently, creating
a lasting impression in a relatively short period of them.
When passing a vote of sympathy to his family and before adjourning
the club's fortnightly meeting as a mark of respect, the club
chairman Chris O'Grady recalled a recent visit to John while
he was in the nursing home. While they were looking out the
window of Elm Park Golf Club. Chris asked John if he played
much golf. John replied "Once a year with the firm. If
I got too fond of the game the children would suffer".
I visited John five days before his death the only concern
that he expressed was that I would thank on his behalf all
those who had visited him as well as the many people who had
sent cards and messages of goodwill to himself and his family.
I think that this speaks volumes about the sort of man John
was, always placing the needs of others before his own.
Late John O'Brien Go ndeanna Dia trocaire as a anam dilis..
Late John O'Brien
There was a large and representative attendance the the
removal of John's remains from his home to the Church of the
Ascension of the Lard, Balally, on Monday 10th June. Naomh
Olaf GAA Club provided a guard of honor as the coffin, draped
in the Club flag was carried by John's four sons in the church.
Father Brian Edwards officiated. Following the removal, the
O'Brien family invited everyone present to the Clubhouse for
funeral mass was celebrated by Father Edwards assisted by
Father Charles Archer of the Salesian College Cellbridge,
where John's brother, Jim had thought until sir recent retirement.
John's wife Brenda read the first reading while his brother
Jim read the second. His four sons said the prayers of the
faithful. Father Edwards preached a most appropriate homily.
offertory gifts included a family photograph, a hurley and
a jersey of John's native county Wexford. The singing of the
adult choir was much appreciated. Following the ceremony the
remains were taken to Mount Jerome for cremation.
O'Brien family bore their grief with great courage and dignity
that was matched only by the manner in which John had accepted
his illness and death. Go ndeanna Dia trocaire as a anam dilis..