Mr. Robert Christopher O'Brien
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Mr. Robert Christopher O'Brien
  • February 18, 1997 - September 27, 2015
  • La Canada Flintridge, California

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“My condolences mr o'brien I saw your son in California club many times I'm sorry for send this message late I heard about it but I wasn't sure this...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: William Ramos - Los Angeles

“Dis eers met die Kerskaartjie dat ons gehoor het. Ons innigste meegevoel met die tydelike verlies. Mag julle in die jaar van aanpassing mildelik...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jacques du Plessis - Milwaukee, WI

“I am so terribly sorry, my heart is heavy for all of you. Sending love and prayers to your family, can't stop thinking of you. Robert was an...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Mariann Byerwalter

“dearst O'Brien FamilyI was in Don's office and noticed your lovely Christmas Card of your beautiful children.Sadden to hear of your loss.May you...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Lori Edgar - Santa Rosa, CA

“God Bless You ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy Tavoularis - Orange, CA

“Tender condolences to a great loss, I and my family send you strength and to endear this loss. I have read that he seemed to me a exceptional young...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Carlo Mascolo - Bodega Bay, CA

“I just learned of your loss. The Boys and I will pray for you. Remember families are forever and you will one day all be together again. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Lori Juma - Altadena, CA

“My heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Rob. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Ken "Moke" Ishimaru - CA

“Robert, Your parents love you unconditionally. I know you are in a good place and you will see your parents again. God bless you. Dan Runde ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Daniel Runde - Mclean, VA

“Dear Robert, Lo-Marie, and Family: You are in my prayers and those of many others from around the world. May God's love fill your hearts with peace...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Kimberly Reed - Washington, DC

“My prayers are with you. Heartbroken for your loss. God be with your family in this difficult time. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Daniela Romero - Pasadena, CA

“Robert was a wonderful man and best friend to my son...Robert always had a smile on his face, and kind words in his heart! Robert will be greatly...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: mark mozilo - pasadena, CA


Robert Christopher O'Brien (18), a 2015 graduate of La Canada High School, died early on Sunday morning, September 27, 2015. He slipped, hit his head and fell into his home pool resulting in his tragic accidental drowning.

Robert was born on February 18, 1997, in Geneva, Switzerland, where his father was working for the United Nations. He moved to La Canada with his family when he was two years old and has resided there since. Robert graduated from La Canada Elementary School and La Canada High School. At LCHS, Robert played varsity tennis, football and ran track. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 398 in 2014.

Robert deferred attending the University of Utah for two years for a planned mission for the LDS Church. He was a student aviator this fall in Santa Monica; working on earning is private pilot's license.

Robert enjoyed adventure and had gone on several African safaris with his family and friends. In addition to tennis and golf, he enjoyed surfing, skateboarding, driving too fast, playing low stakes poker with his friends and, lately, flying. He loved movies, especially "classics" from the 80's like "Top Gun", "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Risky Business." Robert had many good friends in La Canada and Pasadena, especially his Owl Pack buddies. He was blessed with wonderful teachers, coaches and church and scout leaders in this community.

The family is grateful to the paramedics of the Los Angeles County Fire Department who responded and made every attempt to revive Robert. They also appreciate the prompt and thorough investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and medical examiner that were able to rapidly determine the accidental nature of Robert's passing.

Robert is survived by his loving parents, Robert and Lo-Mari O'Brien, and his devoted sisters, Margaret and Lauren, of La Canada. He is also survived by his grandmother, Judy O'Brien, of Sonoma, California, and his grandparents, Chisto and Maretha Thuynsma, of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Funeral services for Robert will be held on Saturday, October 3, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, La Crescenta Stake Center, 4550 Raymond Avenue, La Crescenta, CA.