Lawrence J. O'Brien
Lawrence J. O'Brien
  • February 8, 1947 - December 10, 2017
  • Keene, New Hampshire

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Lawrence J. O'Brien, Sr. 70, of Pearl Street, Keene, NH, passed away at his home in Keene on Sunday, December 10, 2017, surrounded in the love of his family, following a brief illness.

Larry's parents, James L. and Natalie (Champbella) O'Brien, Sr. proudly welcomed their son into the world on February 8, 1947 in Keene, NH.

A lifelong resident of Keene, Larry attended St. Joseph Regional School and was a 1967 graduate of Keene High School.

The day following graduation, Larry enlisted in the Navy and served during the Vietnam War as a commissary man third class onboard the USS Robert H. McCard from June 20, 1967 through June 19, 1973.

Following his service obligation, Larry worked for 44 years as the warehouse manager and truck driver with Keene Industrial Paper of Keene, retiring in January of 2017.

He was a member of the Gordon Bissell American Legion Keene Post #4 and the Winchendon, Mass. American Legion Post. Larry was also a past member of the Veterans of Foreign War Keene Post 799.

He loved to go fishing and camping, and also enjoyed his many trips to Foxwood. He especially enjoyed sitting on Hampton Beach people-watching. He loved playing poker and would start his weekly game with his friends all gathered at the house to watch an episode of the Three Stooges before the start of the game. Larry was an avid Star Trek fan with his favorite episodes being that of the original Star Trek. He also enjoyed watching the Star Wars movies as well.

Larry will be greatly missed by many in the community, especially his wife of 43 years, Sandra L. "Sandy" (Pennington) O'Brien of Keene; a son, Lawrence J. O'Brien, Jr. and his wife, Tonya, of Georgia; his six grandchildren, Brittany Rose, Meghan O'Brien, Jacob O'Brien, Matthew Jaillett, Andrew Leeseberg, Nathan Leeseberg; a brother, James L. O'Brien, Jr. of Florida; four sisters, Sharon Bowren of Swanzey, NH, his twin sister, Barbara Nicholas of Keene; Patricia Parker of Spartanburg, SC, Carol Davis of Mooresburg, TN; his mother-in-law, Louise Lachappelle of Keene; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved dogs, Jake Lee, Molly Lee, Katie Lee and Zoey Lee. He was predeceased by a daughter, Kelly O'Brien in 2014, a granddaughter, Madison Grace O'Brien in 2006; and a brother, Henry J. Decoteau in 1957.

A graveside service with military honors will be held in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Keene, in the spring at a date and time to be announced.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. O'Brien's memory to The Community Kitchen, PO Box 1315, Keene, NH 03431; or to the Tribute Program St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38105.