648 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
Fax: 508-842-0061
Paul O'Brien

Paul J. O'Brien

Saturday, November 15th, 1952 - Friday, January 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Paul J. O’Brien, age 67, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2020 from end stage Alzheimer’s and Primary Progressive Aphasia. He was lovingly cared for at the end by his family and the staff at Bridges in Mashpee, where he lived for the last few months of his life.

Paul spent his early years in Quincy, MA, then Milton, MA. Most of Paul’s adult life was spent in Auburn, MA, retiring to East Falmouth, MA and Port Charlotte, FL five years ago. Paul graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School, Clark University, and Suffolk Law School. He ran a law practice in Auburn, MA for over 37 years, serving on many town boards and community service clubs throughout his career. He was active for many years in Kiwanis and a leader in the Boy Scouts.

Paul leaves his wife, Elizabeth Getchell O’Brien, their children, Conor O’Brien of East Falmouth, MA, Tierney O’Brien of Webster, MA, and Katie O’Brien of Jacksonville, FL. His daughter, Elise O’Brien, predeceased him. He is predeceased by his parents, George O’Brien and wife Eliane. He is survived by his siblings, Christopher O’Brien of Hingham, MA, David O’Brien and wife Valerie of Portland, OR, Elaine O’Brien Tinlin of East Falmouth, MA, George O’Brien and wife Jane of Marlboro, and nephews Patrick O’Brien, James O’Brien and Sean O’Brien. He is also survived by his uncle, Maurice McCarthy and wife Barbara, and many loving cousins.

Paul enjoyed time with his family and many friends. He never forgot a friend and kept in touch over the years with childhood, school, neighborhood, and all other friends he made over the years. They truly were part of Paul’s family, as were his youngest children’s birth families. Paul loved being outdoors. His favorite activities included sailing, bicycling, hiking, camping, and swimming. He took great pleasure in listening to all types of music (especially Irish), cooking, history, and reading. He was an avid Red Sox fan.

We want to thank the staff at Bridges in Mashpee for supporting Paul and his family in his last days. And a special thanks to everyone at Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, who assisted us for the last few years through support groups, friendships, counseling, and advice at every step of the dementia journey.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Paul’s family between 4:00 and 8:00 PM on Tuesday January 14, 2020 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA. Paul’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, 2095 Main Street, Brewster, MA, 02631 or via www.alzheimerscapecod.org
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Britton-Wallace Funeral Home
    Address
    91 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    North American Martyrs Church
    Address
    8 Wyoma Drive
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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    Officiant
    Rev. John F. Gee
  • Interment

    Location
    Hillside Cemetery of Auburn
    Address
    65 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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    Notes
    Burial will be held privately by Paul's family.

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Donna Gladney

Posted at 02:46pm
Liz, thinking of you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my heart and prayers. Love and hugs. Donna Costello Gladney
LB

Laurie Raphaelson Ballantine

Posted at 04:40pm
Dear Liz and family,
My deepest sympathies on your loss. Paul was one of the kindest men I ever knew. I was always happy to run into him at court, the registry or on Main Street. We walked the cancer relay for many years together as well. He always had a smile on his face and was happy to share stories about his wife and children. I am so sorry that I am in AZ and will be unable to share my condolences in person. May Paul rest in peace and may your family enjoy your memories of such a great guy.
JC

Jim Cosgrove

Posted at 08:01am
Elizabeth and all Paul’s Family,

I was terribly sorry to learn of your loss. Paul was the consummate lawyer, and helped out some of my clients with issues I could not handle for various reasons. Always joyful and astute, now born to eternal Life and love with Our Lord. He and each of you are and will remain in my prayers.

Jim Cosgrove

Mark O'Brien

Posted at 03:59pm
A terrific friend and honorary 'brother'. Mark O'Brien
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