Michael J. O’Brien, 68, of Falmouth died July 20 in Boston.
Born in Brighton and raised in Canton, Mr. O'Brien was a 1968 graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood.
He continued his education at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. There he was a continuous dean’s list recipient as well as a rugby player and team captain. He graduated in 1973.
He found brotherhood within the Corps of Cadets. Two of the most impactful events of his life began at Norwich. His roommate, Scott Williams, introduced him to his younger sister, Susan Williams, who Mr. O'Brien married. They were married for 45 years.
Also at Norwich, he began his 26-year career in the United States Army, serving as an operations officer with the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Fourth US Army, during Operation Desert Shield. He retired in May 1999 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, TC, USAR.
Following graduation and then marriage, he began his long career with The New England, which would take him and his growing family to Chicago, Boston, Tampa, and eventually back to Chicago. They settled in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he and his wife raised their two children.
When their children settled in Winchester, the O'Briens decided it was time to return to the East Coast, and they moved to Falmouth. Here he played golf at Woods Hole Golf Club and spent time at Racing Beach.
Mr. O'Brien was a dedicated member of the Catholic Church, attending Sunday Mass throughout his life.
In addition to his wife, Susan E. O'Brien, he leaves his children, Kathleen Costello and her husband, Christopher Costello, and Michael J. O’Brien Jr. and his wife, Tricia O'Brien; eight grandchildren, Sam, Hayley, Jack and Georgia Costello and Michael J. O’Brien III and Teddy, Quinn and Vivian Rose O’Brien; five siblings, William O'Brien, Gerard O'Brien, Christopher O'Brien, Anne Marie Gluck and Patrick O'Brien; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Nathalie (Sweeney) and William J. O’Brien.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, July 25, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Highway.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 26, at 11 AM at St. Joseph Chapel, 33 Millfield Street in Woods Hole.
Burial will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.