William J. O’Brien Jr. of Lowell, MA
He was the husband of Patricia A. (McSorley) O’Brien with whom he celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Aug. 29th.
Born in Lowell, MA on August 8, 1929, he was the son of the late William J. O’Brien Sr. and Mary (Dowd) O’Brien. He was predeceased by his birth mother, Josephine (Burns) O’Brien who died August 14, 1929. Bill was raised in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1948. He earned his Associates Degree in Textile Chemistry and Dyeing from Lowell Textile Institute now University of MA Lowell.
During the Korean War, he served in the US Naval Reserve.
Bill worked as Textile Chemist with Vertipile Inc. of Lowell and Leominster for 37 years, Synthon Industries in Chelsea and retired in 1994 from Spectro Coating in Leominster. In retirement he volunteered as a Medical Driver for Elder Services of Merrimack Valley for 12 years.
He was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell.
Bill was a life member of the Alpine Square Dance Club of Chelmsford, Lowell Lodge of Elks. In the 1960’s he served as a board member of the Greater Lowell Mental Health Association, member and the Treasurer of the Belvidere Residents Association, 10 year Secretary of the Clover Club of Greater Lowell, and member of the American Assoc. of Textile Chemists and Colorists. He was a Webelo Leader for Cub Scout Pack 38 Reilly School. For the last 17 years, he also belonged to the Alpine Seniors Bowling Friends at the Brunswick Bowling Lanes in Lowell, MA, and the Chelmsford Senior Swimmers at the Radisson Hotel.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, William J. O’Brien III and his wife, Alison of Essex, MA and Gary T. O’Brien and his wife, Nancy of Meredith, NH; two daughters, Jody Gallagher and her husband, Daniel of Lowell and Beth Ann Barros RN and her husband, Manuel “Barry” of Lowell, MA; a sister, Ellen Chisholm of Crofton, MD and eight grandchildren, Cole, Claire, and Cooper O’Brien, Brady Gallagher, Korey and Nolan O’Brien, Andrew and Taylor Barros. Bill was also survived by two cousins, David W. Dowd of Chelmsford and James A Dowd of Stoneham as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother James H. O’Brien of Hampton, NH, and his cousin the late John R Dowd of Lowell, MA.
The family would like to thank the nurses, aides and staff on IMC Floor at LGH Saints Campus for their tireless, compassionate care for Bill.
Visiting hours Mon. from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Tues. at 9am from the funeral home with a Funeral MASS at 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 3 Fayette St. Lowell, MA 01852. Burial St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. For those that wish contributions in his memory may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund. Arrangements by the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA 978-251-4041.