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Stephen J.  "Steve" O'Brien, Jr.
  • In lieu of flowers, a donation in Steve's name to the Wounded Warrior Project 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140 ( would be appreciated.

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“Dear Betty, Steven, Sean and Michael, I just found out today July 28th of Steve's sudden passing, and am terribly saddened by the news, and words are...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Kevin P. McArdle - Dallas, TX

“I can't imagine Betty without Steve. Betty, my thoughts and prayers are with you! May God protect and guide you. To all of his family and friends,...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Sandi and Tim Gunderman - MA

“Mrs. O'Brien, Steve, Sean and Michael, We are so sorry for your loss. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.All love,Sheri, Sara & Justin ”
3 of 39 | Posted by: Sheyron Banks - West Roxbury, MA

“Betty and family, Joe and I are sad to read of Steve's passing. He was a great guy! The Morrisseys' and the Dohertys' knew each other way back in...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Patricia (Doherty) Kelly - MA

“Mr O'Brien was at Franklin when my children were there. He was so great and helpful to the parents, he always said hello and made me laugh. After he...Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Steve, I will never forget the little, but BIG things you did for so many people, including me. Steve, in God's care may you rest in peace my friend...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Michael Kozul - Natick, MA

“OB will be sadly missed but fond memories of ball trips, parties at the Elks and "making a sandwich" will keep his memory alive! RIP OB! ”
7 of 39 | Posted by: Tami - Watertown, MA - Friend

“Every Christmas Steve and I would compete to see who would be the first to put up the Christmas lights. Then we would see who could put up the most...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Betty Sherman - Newton, MA

“Great Guy!!! You were always greeted with a smile. Enjoyed him and Betty. Great supporter of his boys during their early years and their sports...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Nick & Sally Pasquarosa - MA

10 of 39 | Posted by: CAROL WALSH - WALTHAM, MA

“So sad, my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to my very good friends Betty, Steve, Sean and Michael. ”
11 of 39 | Posted by: Mike Murphy - Dedham, MA - Friend

“To one of the nicest caring giving person around. You will be greatly missed by all. Thank you for always making me feel welcome and part of the...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Bobby Egan - WORCESTER, MA

“So shocked to hear of Steves passing so sada great loss a friend for 26 years He will be missed Des & Mary ”
13 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“One of Cork City's finest,my thoughts are with the whole family Ed MacAskill ”
14 of 39 | Posted by: Edward MacAskill - Foxboro, MA

“I will sincerely miss seeing and talking to Steve every day of the week. Work will just not be the same without Steve's outgoing attitude and urge to...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: Leah Castellano - Waltham, MA

“ALWAYS will remember OB showing me around the Red Sox Spring Training Complex down in Ft Myers and the good times I had with him up at the Elks. I...Read More »
16 of 39 | Posted by: Dennis Gill - Watertown, MA

“I remember Steve as a very loving and gentle man. He always had a smile and a thoughtful thing to say. He was a man that truly loved his family and...Read More »
17 of 39 | Posted by: Barbara Matyi - Wayland, MA

“I love reading how much our father was loved and respected by so many.Thank You for all your kind words.I know my brothers and mom and the entire...Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Steve O'Brien - Worcester, MA

“The O'Brien Family. Steve was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and a true friend to all who had the pleasure of being his friend. A...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Paul Darcy - Shrewsbury, MA

“steve was one of the fabolous seven we changed the law books and he was a big part of it what a wonderful guy to his family there are no words ”
20 of 39 | Posted by: larry walsh - needham, MA

“steve was one of the fabolous seven we changed the law books just a wonderful person ”
21 of 39 | Posted by: larry walsh - needham, MA

“Will miss OB, always a good time when he was in the room, RIP OB My condolences to Betty and the BOYS ”
22 of 39 | Posted by: Brian &Sue Loughlin - Yarmouth, MA

“Dear Betty and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Steve as a little boy, he was a gentle giant, who watched out for so many of us...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Dorothy-Littleton Welch - MA

“Your kindness,friendship and humor.Working out at the Y or watching a game at the Elks.You will be missed.R.I.P. ”
24 of 39 | Posted by: Richard D'Angelo - Needham, MA

“My deepest sympathy go out to all of Steve's family and friends. Peace, Prayers and Blessings. ”
25 of 39 | Posted by: Linda Taber - Newton, MA

“One of a kind man... ”
26 of 39 | Posted by: Cheryl J.Boemer - west roxbury, MA

“I will never forget the great times spent with Steve at Red Sox spring training trips and BC Tailgate parties. He was a gentleman and a good friend....Read More »
27 of 39 | Posted by: Jim Donovan - York, ME - Friend

“Betty, Steven, Sean and Michael, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and with all of your family. Our deepest sympathy and love....Kevin and Carolyn ”
28 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Betty and family,My deepest sympathy to you all at this very diffcult prayers and thoughts are with you.God Bless .aurelie Antine ”
29 of 39 | Posted by: aurelie antine - sherborn, MA

“Betty an Boys My heart goes out to you all. My prays an thoughts are will you Love Fran ”
30 of 39 | Posted by: Fran DeStefano Francione - FL

“Mrs. O'Brien, Steve, Sean and Michael I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts love and prayers are with you. I have many great memories of your dad....Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Jennifer (Murphy) Sharpe - MA

“To the O'Brien family, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
32 of 39 | Posted by: The Marchant Family Newton Centre

“Betty: Please accept my sincere condolences in the passing of Steve. As you know we have been friends for well over 40 years and I have so many...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Russ Pillion - Chester, NH

34 of 39 | Posted by: Kathleen Murphy - Marlborough, MA

“My condolences to the whole O'Brien clan. ”
35 of 39 | Posted by: Kathleen Murphy - Marlborough, MA

“Dear Betty and Family. I remember Steve when I was growing up. He was good friends with my brother Steve. He was the tallest person I knew in...Read More »
36 of 39 | Posted by: Lena Toli - Newton, MA - Friend

“So sad, my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to my very good friends, Betty, Steve, Sean and Michael. ”
37 of 39 | Posted by: Mike Murphy - Dedham, MA

“Betty and family,I can not tell you how sorry we are. "OB will always be remember in a very fond way. Over the years we have so many great memories...Read More »
38 of 39 | Posted by: Paul and JoAnn coppi - Watertown, MA

“God Bless your family, always know that he is there with you... ”
39 of 39 | Posted by: Sara OBrien - Bourne, MA

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Stephen J. O'Brien Jr., a lifelong Newton resident, died suddenly July 7, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. He was 73.
Following his graduation from Newton High School, Steve served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for many years as a custodian for the Newton public schools until retiring, and then worked for the Newton YMCA, He was a life member of the Newton YMCA and Chapter 23 DAV, and a longtime member of A.L. Nonantum Post 440 and the AOH in Watertown. Steve was also a longtime active member and P.E. R. of Newton Lodge No. 1321 B.P.O.E.
Steve was the beloved husband for 51 years of Elizabeth "Betty" (Morrissey) O' Brien, the proud father of Stephen J. Jr. and his dear friend Carol Hoogasian of Worcester, Sean and his wife Mary of Waltham and Michael and his wife Kathleen of Attleboro, dear "Papa" of Maggie, Danny, Colleen, and Shea, and brother of Maureen Fessenden and her husband Frank of Falmouth, Margaret O'Brien and her dear friend Jeanne Griffith of Framingham and the late Paul F. O'Brien and son of the late Stephen and Mary (Lydon) O'Brien. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sat July 11 at 10:30 AM in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton, followed by interment with Military Honors at St. Joseph's Cemetery West Roxbury. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be in the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home 465 Centre St. Newton Corner on Fri from 4-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Steve's name to the Wounded Warrior Project 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140 ( would be appreciated.

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St. Joseph's Cemetery

990 LaGrange Street West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 327-1010