Niagara Gazette

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May 7, 2013

John J. O'Brien

ST. PETERSBURG, FL —

John J. O'Brien, 82, of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of The Town of Niagara, NY, passed from this life on Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Mt. St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY, following a brief illness. Born on June 6, 1930 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (O'Sullivan) O'Brien.
Mr. O'Brien attended local schools and graduated from the former St. Mary's High School in 1948. Later, John earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Niagara University. He proudly served as Staff Sergeant, in the United States Air Force, during the Korean War, from September 19, 1950, until his honorable discharge on September 7, 1954. On September 8, 1956, Mr. O'Brien married the former Catherine Greene. She predeceased him on December 3, 1997. John was employed by various companies in both Niagara Falls, NY and Maryland, where he specialized in computer operations and computer systems.
Mr. O'Brien was a former member of the former St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Niagara Falls, NY and currently a member of St. Jude the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, FL as well as the Lewiston Council of the Arts, the Air Force Sergeants Association and the Town of Niagara Historical Society. Over the course of his life, John was the recipient of many awards and honors including Marquis Who's Who in the East. He served as President of the National Association of Accountants, President of the Niagara Wheatfield Athletic Association and President of the Niagara Falls Junior Chamber of Commerce. Mr. O'Brien was also active in the YMCA, the Whirlpool Park Little League and the Knights of Columbus. For the past few years, John gave freely of his time as a regular volunteer at the Springs Rehabilitation Facility in St. Petersburg, FL where he developed many new friendships.

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