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Gregory Robert O'Brien

Born: Sat., Nov. 17, 1951
Died: Sun., Oct. 4, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Oct. 12, 2020
Location: Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Oct. 13, 2020
Location: Sts. Martha and Mary Church

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Gregory Robert O’Brien, 68 of 1 Hazel Street, Lakeville passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020 after long fought battle with cancer.

Born November 17th 1951 in Bronx, New York to Michael (Mickey) O’Brien & Aileen (Fettin) O’Brien.  Their family soon moved to Long Island, New York where Greg spent most of his childhood graduating from Hicksville High School in 1969. Here is where he formulated his great love for the game of baseball together with his brothers and father at Met and Yankee stadiums’ where he became (for those of you who knew him)  a “die-hard” New York Yankees fan!

Following high school, Gregory enlisted into the United States Navy. Serving 24 years (active and reserve service) as a Radioman. His shipmates referred to him as “GOB” derived from his radio chops. Gregory was stationed at the United States Naval Facility (NAVFAC) located in Eleuthera, Bahamas as a first duty station and then transferred to U.S Naval Communication Station in Norfolk, Virginia. Here is where he met his wife of 45 years, Karen (Krystofolski) O’Brien. They quickly became soul mates and married in 1975. Most of his remaining Navy Reserve duty was proudly attached to the U.S.S John F. Kennedy I (CV-67) Aircraft Carrier.  As the Navy would quote to those leaving us, “Fair Winds and Following Seas”.

In 1985, Gregory & Karen settled in Lakeville, Massachusetts where they raised their two daughters Kristi Michelle & Kimberly Ann. Gregory was the best father any girl could have. He dedicated his life to his children, and was involved in every aspect of their lives. Whether it was spending his Sunday’s sitting on school bleachers cheering on his girls as they competed in majorette competitions, or being their confidant. Gregory’s love, understanding and strength made him an inspiration to his daughters. His wisdom and sense of humor will live on inside of them forever. He has given them so many lessons that are more precious than anything in this world.

After being saturated by his wife and two daughters, Gregory got to add one more girl to his life in 2009. Gregory then became Papa to his granddaughter Khloe Elizabeth-Olive. Khloe, was his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and the light of his life. Papa was Khloe’s hero. Their bond, incredible to witness. A bond that will never be broken.

Gregory earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island with a major in Accounting and Minor in Management.

Formerly employed by New England Medical Center (now known as Tufts Medical Center) in Boston, MA as a Financial Analyst in Research Administration relocating to   employment with Northeastern University, Boston, MA in Research Finance Administration.

Affiliations include the National Council of University Research Administrators, (NCURA) and Society of Research Administrators, (SRA) and a member of the American Legion, Post 121, Berkley, MA.

Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his wife Karen, daughters, Kristi and Kimberly, and granddaughter, Khloe.

Survived, also, by his brother, Michael (Mike) O’Brien and his wife Marilyn of St. Augustine, Florida. His brother Kevin O’Brien and his wife Kathy of North Babylon, New York. Along with three nieces and three nephews. Gregory is also survived by his best and lifelong friend of 50 years Jonathan (Vome) Vomero and wife Sue of Lodi, New Jersey.

We will be watching for your Irish eyes to be looking down upon us, 143, now and forever.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in memory of Gregory O’Brien to the American Cancer Society and feel free to send a card to the family at P.O.BOX 842  Lakeville Massachusetts 02347  to make them aware of the your generous donation.

Visitation will take place on Monday October 12, 2020 from 4-7 PM in the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St. Lakeville, MA.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM in Sts. Martha and Mary Church, Lakeville.  Anyone planing to attend the Funeral Mass must go on the Sts. Martha and Mary and register.


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Jessica and Salvatore Guttilla (Jon Vomero’s niece and family)
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
Sending our deepest condolences to all family and friends.

Ron and Calli Langlois
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
So sorry to hear of Gregg’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kenneth & Jackie Branco
   Posted Sun October 11, 2020
Rest in peace my Navy Brother. We will never forget that million dollar smile of yours, and your friendship. To Karen and family we extend our deepest sympathy.

Karen and michael walsh
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
So sorry to hear of your husbands passing my condolences to you and your children

Robin and Brenda Hood
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
RIP Shipmate

Helen Anis
   Posted Mon October 26, 2020
It was a pleasure to know Greg and his family over the years at Northeastern University. I was surprised and saddened to read about his passing. My sympathy to Karen, his daughters and granddaughter. My thoughts are with you.

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