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Thomas D. O'Brien



Thomas D. O’Brien, 80, of Kerhonkson, NY, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at his home.

Thomas was born on June 18, 1929 in Manhattan; he was the son of the late Thomas and Clare (Barker) O’Brien.


Thomas grew up on the Upper East Side where he attended the NYC Maritime Schoolship - S.S. John W. Brown. He learned how to work on Military Vessels and Merchant Ships which prepared him for a life long career with the Merchant Marines.


Mr. O’Brien worked in Manhattan as a Boiler Inspector before being called to active duty with United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served aboard the USS Eldorado where he earned the National Defense Medal and the China Service Medal. Following his honorable discharge Thomas returned to sea with the United States Lines as an Engineer and Naval Reserve Merchant Marine Officer for the next 28 years. He retired in 1988.


Thomas was an active, life member of the Kerhonkson VFW Post 8959 and the American Legion in Staten Island.


Thomas is survived by his wife Margot Dannecker O’Brien at home, whom he married on July 7, 1962, his son Thomas J. O’Brien of Kerhonkson and his daughter Margot K. Higgins of Staten Island, two granddaughters Clare and Julie Higgins and his cousins Josie Havern and Rita Gish.


Thomas was predeceased by his brother John F. O’Brien.





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Natalie and Troy Buley - May 15th, 2010 at 11:06pm - Email
With Deepest Sympathy For Your Loss- If you need anything feel free to call us

Bruce & Sue Mitchell - May 13th, 2010 at 4:03pm - Email
Dear Tom & family we are very sorry to hear about your dads passing. If there is anything we can do please ask. Bruce&Sue

John and Charlene Planz - May 11th, 2010 at 7:30pm - Email
Dear Tom, Mrs. O'Brien, and Bubbie, We are sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a great guy and an inspirational individual who always had a an appropriate wise crack for the situation. Will miss his sense of humor. He will be missed by everyone. - John -

George Lukei - May 11th, 2010 at 7:27pm - Email
Dear Tom and Mrs. O'Brien, I was sorry to hear of Mr. O'Brien's passing. He was a very nice man and will be remembered well. - George -

Walter Gill - May 11th, 2010 at 4:23pm - Email
Tom and Mrs Obrien, I'm sorry to hear of your lose. If I can be of any help to you or your family please feel free to ask. You will all be in my prayers.

Khan Khalil - May 11th, 2010 at 9:07am - Email
I am very sorry to hear about your dad's death, my condelence for you Any thing I can do for you Please do not hesitate to call me Sincerely' Khan

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