William O’Brien

Former resident William Patrick O’Brien Sr., 93, died July 7 at home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

He was the husband of Dorothea M. (Neville) O’Brien, whom he married in 1951. They raised their four children in State College, Pennsylvania, and Sayville, New York.

Mr. O’Brien loved Cape Cod and enjoyed 23 years living here. During their retirement, he and his wife initially lived at their home in Mashpee and, later, at Atria Woodbriar Place/Park in Falmouth.

Born in Flushing, New York, he was the son of Irish immigrants William and Mary (O’Donnell) O’Brien. He graduated from Flushing High School in 1945 and served in the United States Navy during World War II.

He received a bachelor's degree in English from Fordham University, where he ran cross-country and track, and a master's in English from Pennsylvania State University in 1965.

Mr. O’Brien had a career in education. An English professor, he taught at Penn State and then Suffolk Community College on Long Island, New York.

Also a writer and poet, Mr. O’Brien published many poems, short stories, editorials and technical manuals throughout his lifetime.

He was an avid runner, only slowing down to a walk in his mid-80s. He was a longtime member of Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee and served as a Eucharistic minister at Falmouth Hospital.

He enjoyed the Big Band era and all the music of the 1940s, college football—especially the Penn State team—track and field, professional football and baseball.

In addition to his wife of 68 years, he leaves their children, William P. O’Brien Jr. of Eugene, Oregon, Paul O’Brien of Haymarket, Virginia, Marianne O’Brien of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and Deirdre Traynor of Fairfield, Connecticut; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and extended family.

He was predeceased by two siblings, Mary O’Brien and Dan O’Brien.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 16, at 10 AM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth, then a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 o'clock at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street.

Interment will follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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