John O'Brien

John O'Brien

Thursday, March 10th, 1938 Thursday, May 7th, 2020

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Obituary for John Robert "Jack" O'Brien

John Robert O'Brien, 82, of Wall Township and Juno Beach, FL, died very peacefully while surrounded by his children on May 7, 2020, at his son's home in Asbury Park. Born in Elizabeth to John M. & Estelle (Mitchell), as a young boy Jack moved to Neptune City with his family. He later graduated from St. Rose Grammar School, The Pingry School ('55) and Holy Cross ('59) before enlisting in the US Marine Corps ('59-'61) and achieving the rank of Captain. His education and military service forged within him a deep sense of responsibility, determination, honor and purpose, all of which would guide his future.
In 1966, Jack opened the O'Brien Funeral Home in Wall Township. Years of dedication to his community, from serving on the Planning Board to Kiwanis Club to simply helping other businesses grow and expand, helped to establish both Jack and his business as pillars of that community. His hands-on approach to building the funeral home led him to future real estate developments in Wall Township, and his success as a businessman not only brought Jack to service as Officer for several local banks, it also led him to open another branch of O'Brien Funeral Home in Brick in 1999. Jack was a proud and longstanding member of Manasquan River Golf Club, having served on both the Finance and Membership Committees. A devoted parishioner of St. Catharine - St. Margaret Parish, Jack was a former Usher and participated in the St. Catharine Church Restoration Project.
To Jack, anything worth doing was worth doing right. He embodied the value of hard work, and he led by that example. As comfortable in a board room as he was on a job site, Jack was a true friend to all. He believed that trust is something that must be earned, but he showed us that respect was something we all deserve. His knowledge of geography rivaled that of Rand-McNally, but it was more than just the name of the town - Jack knew which "tribe" came from which "municipality". He had a one-liner for any situation. And while grown men could justly fear him, small children would find comfort in him. He will be missed by many.
Even as his professional interests faded, his devotion to his family was evident until the end. Jack was the father to Lauren O'Neill (& Jeff Groezinger) of Manasquan, Kara (& Michael) O'Shaughnessy of Brielle, John (& Laurie Levan) of Red Bank, and Kevin (& Mark Norkus) of Asbury Park.; devoted Pop to his cherished grandchildren- Mark, Luke, Ava, Max, James & Jude; and brother, uncle, friend and father-figure to so many.
Burial will be at St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt. Memorial Mass with Military Honors will be held in the future.
Jack always reminded everyone of the Eighth Wonder of the World - "the magic of compound interest". While he was most often talking about financial investing, those who knew him well knew that Jack also saw the value of investing in people; and then watching them grow. In lieu of flowers, please invest in the future of someone you love, and that will certainly pay you a nice dividend.
"Semper Fi - Oorah!"

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    St. Catharine Cemetery & Mausoleum
    1000 West Chicago Blvd.
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Kevin Martin

Jack was simply a great person - through and through. Embellishments are not needed. He was a great cousin.
I am VERY sorry to know of his passing. I hope the best for all his family. - KEVIN MARTIN
Comment | Posted at 10:37am via Condolence

Kevin Martin

In memory of my cousin John ("Jack") O'Brien.
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Kevin Martin

Jack was really a great human being. It's that simple. KM
Posted at 10:38am

Frances Levitt

The Family Of Jack O'Brien:
My Spiritual Condolences to the Family
I met Jack @ OR in Juno Beach' and It
was a party of maiden name is Vaccaro, needles to say a whole history resurrected
I am so very sorry of his passing & send my Love .
Warmest wishes, Frances A Vaccaro Levitt
Comment | Posted at 03:36pm via Condolence

Kathy Regan

To the O'Brien Family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Jack. He was a true pillar of the community, who will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 01:35pm via Condolence

Kevin O'Brien

Thank you very much. We will certainly miss him, and also do our best to honor his memory.
Posted at 09:30am

Daniel E. Finn

Jack - You were an absolute HOME RUN with our entire Family! My Dad always relished the time that he played basketball with your sponsored team, "O'Brien's R.I.P." I also remember a month before I got married that you and my Dad were talking with me about my wedding. You said to me, "Dan - What are you doing with your Bride's arrival at Church?" After I responded that I did not know, you said to me, "There will be one of my hearses picking her and her parents up 15 minutes before the wedding!!!" I could not believe how you had just made my day!
Jack - May you and your entire Family always remember you! God bless!
Comment | Posted at 10:07am via Condolence

Kevin O'Brien

While I wouldn't put the joke past him... I bet my Dad sent a limo for Donna and her parents!! (and not a hearse!!)
Posted at 09:28am

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