Mr. William P. O’Brien III
- March 8, 2011
- Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
of William's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to The O’Brien Children’s Fund c/o Rochelle Ketchmore would be appreciated.
The O’Brien Children’s Fund
1407 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001
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Memories & Candles
I Miss you so much. I miss the jokes about when you were a kid and your laughing and I wish you would come back so much. People talk about your death randomly during school and it makes me want to cry. Sometimes I do. I miss you a lot and i wish you would come back. Love, Zoe.
Posted by: Zoe Brady Mar 31, 2012
Mr. O'Brian was an amazing teacher. I learnred so much from him. I think about him every day. I miss him. :(
Posted by: TJ Dougherty - abington pa, PA - My Awesome Teacher Oct 28, 2011
I hear your laughter still.
Posted by: Leigh Duncan - Oreland, PA Mar 27, 2011
The entire family is in my prayers. I hadn't seem him in years but have always had fond memories of him and Barry when we were growing up.
Posted by: Trish Casey - Langhorne, PA - Friend Mar 22, 2011
I love you and miss you Billy.
Posted by: Kelly O'Brien - Philadelphia, PA - Sister Mar 21, 2011
To the O'Brien Family and friends, My heart and soul sympathizes with you. I can see that William was a very special man, teacher, loved by so many! I can see he "lived" a caring and unselfish life, caring so much for others and having such a wonderful sense of humor! God blesses us with each person! Each "one" is special in their own way, the way God made them to be! I can see that William used his gifts
Posted by: Carolyn L. Geisler-David - Haddon Township, NJ - relative of Kimberly Geisler Mar 15, 2011
I met Bill in 1984, and was friends with him until after his time in the military. Once he decided to go to college and get married we lost track of each other, but he is someone that I always rembebered fondly. A great guy, with a great sense of humor, and a great smile. Truly a good dude who when I think about will always bring a smile to my face.
Posted by: Joseph Guld - Philadelphia, PA - Friend from Archbishop Ryan Mar 14, 2011
Bill and I worked together for three years at Roslyn School. Bill taught third, fifth and sixth grade and I was the principal during this time. Since we worked together I got to know Bill and his teaching style well. Not only did Bill have a great sense of humor but he had the greatest laugh. You could not help but also crack up since Bill's laugh was infectious. The students enjoyed learning in his classroom. As a teacher, Bill
Posted by: Kevin F. Osborne - Abington, PA - Co-worker Mar 14, 2011
Mr. O'Brien was the best teacher ever and he made me love school. He had a great sense of humor and always made me laugh. I will miss him so much.
Posted by: Noah Welsch - Overlook 5th grade student Mar 13, 2011
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland
To the O'Brien Family - May God bless and keep you during this most difficult time and it the years to come.
Posted by: The Collins Family Mar 13, 2011
That smile!! That good natured hello....From when he first met Therese, "Aunt Roe, I met the coolest girl..." who Bill went on to marry and have 5 beautiful children with. Our hearts are devastated that you are no longer here with us.
We will love and embrace your wife and children for you. May God have His all embracing arms around you and them. Love, Aunt Roe
Posted by: Roe Hartman - Media, PA - Aunt Roe Mar 13, 2011
It's still hard to imagine that you are no longer with us. You taught Alyssa in 2nd grade and then again in 6th grade at Roslyn School. She has always listed you as one of her "favs" in the teacher catagory. You not only helped her in math and sports (two of her least favorite school subjects/activities) but most importantly, you gave her the confidence to believe in herself. We will always remember your smile and sense of humor. I
Posted by: Deanna Herman - Alyssa's 2nd & 6th grade teacher Mar 13, 2011
We were lucky enough to have Mr. O'Brien as a teacher for my older daughter in third grade at Roslyn four years ago. We have often turned to him as an advisor and a friend. When we moved to McKinley last year, he told my younger daughter what a great school she was going to, ecspecially since his children attended it.
Abington has lost a piece of its heart.
Our deepest sympathies to the O'Brien family.
Posted by: Rath Family - Jenkintown, PA - Parent of Student Mar 13, 2011
I was more than sad to hear the news about mr o'brien I looked forward to seeing him daily as he crossed the playground to eat lunch in his car .He always made me laugh and always had time to listen to me . I missed seeing him this year and always asked about him .I am so very sorry for your loss.
Lynne Lowenstein (Roslyn Playground aide)
Posted by: Lynne Lowenstein - Abington , PA - work at Roslyn Mar 12, 2011
We have so very many wonderful memories. Cathy and Bill we have shared so many great times together with you and your family. We raised our families so closely and with so much fun! Up and down the avenue. You and I sitting in your kitchen while the kids raised havoc in the basement.
We especially remember our great little reunion up in Montrose. Such a sweet time we had. We will never forget.
When billy became a parachute jumper in
Posted by: Frank and Judy Bayer - Danville, , PA - Dear friends Mar 12, 2011
Bill will be remembered so fondly by everyone he came in contact with. His presence and smile always lit up the room and that laugh-wow-truly infectious! I had the honor of seeing him "in action" the last couple of years at Roslyn Elementary and what I will remember most was how deeply and naturally he was able to engage and touch his students. Even those who were not in his class truly loved him and he always had time for
Posted by: Cindy Brett - co-worker Mar 12, 2011
Our hearts and prayers go out to the O'Brien family. Mr. O will be truely missed, he was a great teacher for my oldest daughter, she enjoyed having him. He had given her an award that year, "For Most Improved", and gave her a book in front of the whole school, that is when she really started to like reading. Years after having him, he would still say Hi to her and myself, asking about the how she was doing in school. So sad to hear he has passed.
Posted by: Merry Geibel and family - Roslyn Mar 12, 2011
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Bill was a man with an infectious, booming laugh and a smile that lit his whole face. It is his smile that I will remember most.
BIll was loved and will be remembered warmly by so many people whose lives he's touched. I hope you find some comfort in knowing how many of us share in your loss.
He will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Caryn Gemzik - Willow Grove, PA - colleague Mar 12, 2011
Hi, I knew a Bill O'Brien who worked at Reedman Auto center in the late 1980's--I am pretty sure this is him. If I recall, he was from Philadelphia, his father was a police officer and Bill served in the military--- Well Bill to me was the "cool older guy", We had many great conversations and I remember he did a spot on Jack Nicholson impression! He was as genuine as they come--obviously I never forgot him.
Steve McMahon, Fairless Hills Pa.
Posted by: Steve McMahon - Fairless Hills , PA - friend Mar 12, 2011
I am fortunate enough to be able to say I worked not only with Bill but also that I teach two of his children as well. He was so extremely proud of their accomplishments in their musical endeavors and was always so positive in his comments to me about the music program at school. He will be so very much missed and I know his compassionate and loving legacy will live on in the talents of his children. We were blessed to have him on our staff.
Posted by: Ellen Strange - Abington, PA - coworker Mar 11, 2011
Dear Aunt Cathy, Uncle Bill, Therese, Barry, Kelly, Billy, Olivia, Morgan, Joseph, Kevin and Katie,
Billy, as he will always be to me and my sister, Stephanie, occupies the space in my heart of some of the fondest, most happy, and definitely most vivid of childhood memories. We lived only a few blocks apart for many years, and I knew it was going to be a great night when my dad said we were going to walk to O'Brien's that night.
Posted by: Ginny Bayer Haney - Danville, PA - family friend/cousin Mar 11, 2011
Our deepest sympathy go out to Mr. O'Brien's children and family..Our hope is that you find comfort in the great memories people share.
My daughter had Mr. O a few years back at Roslyn. We will always remember his caring and love for teaching. He would always stop to chat and ask how your day was going. Mr. O showed real interest in his students and made time for their parents.
His smile and infectious laugh will be greatly missed. Our community and school are better for him being a part of it.
Posted by: Reedel Family - Roslyn, PA - Roslyn Family Mar 11, 2011
My memory of Bill will always be his laugh. He had a wicked sense of humor and I will miss his laughter.
Posted by: Nadine Kirkpatrick - Jenkintown, PA - friend and co-worker Mar 11, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to the O'Brien family. We pray they find some comfort in the memories being shared.
Our two sons had the privilege of having Mr. O'Brien as a teacher for their last two years at Roslyn. He was always available and happy to talk to both kids and parents. He sincerely had their best interests at heart. Mr. O. will truly be missed, such a loss for the entire community. He had a wonderful laugh and I know our family will never forget him.
The Close Family
Posted by: The Close Family Mar 11, 2011
You are forever in our thoughts and prayers! your family is one of the nicest and caring family we have the privilege of knowing!
Deepest sympathy goes out to you in your time of need!
Posted by: The Woodling Family - Freind Mar 11, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the children and family of Mr. O'Brien. You were a ray of sunshine at Roslyn School. My children were not fortunate to have him as a teacher but thy still knew him as a person. It didn't matter if you were in his class or not, he made the time for all students. He was so respectful and appreciative of my work and contributions while I was a PTO pesident. If you were having a bad day Mr.O'briens smile and happy attitude surely made things better. He will truly be missed.
Posted by: Jennifer McKay Roslyn,Pa Mar 11, 2011
My sympaths to Mr. O'Briens family. I do remember how much you meant to him. He was my daughters teacher in Copper Beech 5 years ago. He was a teacher that made a difference. My memories of him are always so good he was an encouraging teacher and he got respect from the kids. He was a natural and he shall be missed.
Posted by: Barbara Hughes - Ardsley, PA - Parent of former student Mar 11, 2011
Our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to you, your children and the family. We keep you all close in prayer not just today but everyday as you heal and cherish the precious memories of such a true gentleman and scholar. He was a large part of Nina's life, his SPECTACULAR 5th grade class and Overlook Elementary in such a short period of time. His warm persona, beaming bright smile, infectious laughter and numerous teachable moments shared with his students will be dearly missed, yet forever remembered. Grace, peace and blessings to The O'Brien Family.
The Pinto Family
Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Angel L. Pinto, Jr. & Daughters (Nina and Angelina) - Overlook Student in 5-O'Brien Mar 11, 2011
This was a man who loved his family and took time to make an impression on our kids that will last them a life time. He never taught my daughter but always made a point of talking to her and asking how things were for her and took interest in her school activities. She enjoyed seeing him and the fact he took the time to talk to her each day. I can say for my son he got him to
Posted by: slp Mar 11, 2011
To the O'Brien Family our thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family. He will be sorely missed but FONDLY remebbered. He was an awesome teacher. Not to mention an awesome person. We will keep all of you in our prayers. God Bless....... Mrs.Wiggins aka Mrs. W (McKinley)
Posted by: The Wiggins Family - roslyn, PA - Friend & roslyn school family Mar 11, 2011
I worked with Bill at Roslyn Elementary School for several years. He was such a warm and compassionate teacher, who gave all to his students and was such a pleasure to work with. Bill gave me a pizza receipe and a pizza cutter that is used frequently and each time I think of Bill. I am so very sadden by this sudden lost of such a good soul.
Posted by: Tobey Grand - Colleague Mar 11, 2011
I just needed to post what a true teacher Bill was to my son. He relayed to T the joy that reading could be. Three years later Mr "O" remain T's favorite teacher. You will be missed my friend. I thank you for the time you spent with us in both the classroom and at the campground. I hope to find the Dunk Tank pictures from Samantha's 6th grade class. They are classic Mr. O. I will keep you in my thoughts. Rest in Peace my friend.
Posted by: Mark Penecale - Roslyn, PA - Parent of a student Mar 11, 2011
Our deepest sympathies to the O'Brien family. We had the honor an pleasure of know Mr. O for many years. My son had the opportunity to have him as a teacher for 3 years at Roslyn School. He was an amazing teacher and the Abington School distict has lost an awesome teacher...we will forever remember his great sense of humor and contagious laugh.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Brandenburger Family
Posted by: Louisa Mar 10, 2011