Richard J. O’Brien Jr. Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend
Richard (Rick) J. O’Brien Jr., 70, of Lowell, MA, peacefully passed away on April 8, 2022 after a valiant battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on December 12,1951, the son of the late Richard O’Brien and Alice (Barry) O’Brien. He was a graduate of Xavier High School in Concord, MA and received his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University in 1974.
Rick worked for 48 years in the changing printing industry. His role evolved to solutions architect on digital print projects and strategies at WorkflowOne, Standard Register and Taylor Communications.
He was the devoted husband of Patti (Swenson) and recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. He will be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness, wry sense of humor and integrity. He enjoyed traveling, reading, golf, bocce and skiing. Most importantly, he valued his family time in Lowell, Rye Beach and Lake Winnipesaukee throughout his life.
In addition to his wife, Rick is survived by his son, Richard O’Brien and wife Stacey, their two children, Hunter and Madeleine O’Brien, his daughter Rachel O’Brien, and sister Sally O’Brien of Rye, New Hampshire, his mother-in-law Patricia Swenson, his brother and sister-in -law John and Susan Swenson, along with many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends.
Friends will be received on Wednesday at 10am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 144 East Merrimack St. Lowell, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11am. He will have a private burial.
In lieu of flowers because of Lent, the family requests you donate to the charity of your choice.
Written by Cathy Lewis on April 11, 2022 . Posted in Obituaries
11 Condolences for Richard J. O’Brien Jr. Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend
April 11, 2022 at 10:21 am | #
So much love, Rick. You will be missed.
April 11, 2022 at 10:51 am | #
Rich and Stacey,
Deepest condolences to you, your mom and sister and entire family. I’m sorry we never met your dad but I imagine you inherited much of your spirit and outgoing personality from him. We are so sorry for your loss, Love Karen and Mark DiPietro
Sally & Jack
April 11, 2022 at 11:07 am | #
Dear Patti, Sally, and entire O’Brien family.
We will always remember our great times at Gables condo association, hanging out by the pool, and our numerous conversations. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Love, Sally & Jack Lynch
Richard Imondi Jr
April 11, 2022 at 11:51 am | #
Rick Sr you were such a great egg. You brought up Rick Jr and Rachel the right way! #PVO!!
April 11, 2022 at 12:45 pm | #
Rachel I am so sorry for your loss of your dad he was a great man . Love and pray for your family in the hard time😢
Rich & Janice Kane and family
April 11, 2022 at 7:35 pm | #
Patti, Rachel, Richard, and Sally….
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband , father and brother. Rick was a wonderful person and we cherish the good times we spent over the many years together at both the Gables and in Rye .We are blessed to have called him our friend and we will forever remember the great times and many laughs we had together.
Love ,Janice & Rich and family
April 12, 2022 at 4:47 pm | #
Patti, Sally, Rich, Rachel and All the Family, So sorry to learn of your loss. Always loved Ricky, beginning with the days of Richard and Alice’s big social gathering room in the best home on the New Hampshire shore. A smile and sense of humor that never quit. Rick, now born to Eternal Life and Love in Our Savior, and each of you, are and will remain in my prayers. Jim Cosgrove
April 12, 2022 at 7:59 pm | #
To the whole O’Brien family, we are so very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I can’t count the number of stories Alex has told me over the years of memories made with Rich and his dad. I especially love the bocce stories. Rick always made me feel welcome, and his kindness and warmth never went unnoticed. We are thinking of you all during this time, and sending our love.
John & Ann Scannell
April 13, 2022 at 1:13 pm | #
Sorry for your loss Patti, Ricky and Rachel. I can’t remember if I met Rick at the Reilly or Moody but he followed me to Xavier and then to Villanova. CYO ski trips, weekends at his parents house in Rye during the summer and many trips to ski country in my white Chevy. One trip to Killington we got caught in a blizzard and a state of emergency and had to sleep in my Chevy. Best man at my wedding and best man at his wedding. My dad loved Rick and they ribbed each other every time they met. He was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed. My condolences to the family and I’m sorry I can’t be there for the service as I’m away
April 13, 2022 at 10:09 pm | #
Rick was an awesome guy to grow up with…..very sad to read the news today. His parents and sister Sally were the nicest people to know……from school activities to skiing the family was always there for support….. Best to all Family Members….RICK WAS THE BEST