Peter W. O’Brien

September 25, 2015

Peter W. O’Brien
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War Veteran

PETER W. O’BRIEN – Ret. Captain, WPD, of Woburn, Friday, September 25th, Beloved husband of the late Lorraine M. (Peary) O’Brien. Devoted father of Kathleen O. Langhan and her husband Paul of Burke, VA. Cherished grandfather of Jeffery Langhan and his wife Michelle and Matthew Langhan and his wife Lauren. Also lovingly survived by his two great-grandchildren, Grace and Charlotte, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Peter also leaves two brothers-in-law, Robert Peary and his wife Myrt of Woburn and John Nash of Winchester. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday September 30th at 9:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances in Peter’s name may be made to the Woburn Police Relief Association, 25 Harrison Ave, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Peter W. O’Brien, retired Captain of the Woburn Police Department, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. He was eighty five years of age. He was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine M. (Peary) O’Brien who passed away in 1992.

Pete was born in Woburn, son of the late John F. and Catherine (Gillespie) O’Brien. He was a lifelong resident and a graduate of Woburn Memorial High School with the Class of 1947. Pete loved all sports and was a record setting stand out for the varsity basketball team. Following high school, Pete worked for a short time for General Electric in Everett before entering the U.S. Navy. He served his country honorably in the Korean War aboard an aircraft carrier. Upon returning home, Pete continued to dedicate himself to service of his community and country. He was appointed to the Woburn Police department in 1955 by Mayor Shaughnessy. Pete steadily rose through the ranks earning promotions to Sergeant by Mayor Ed Gill, Lieutenant by Mayor Ed Gilgun and finally Captain by Mayor Higgins. Pete took great pride in his work in Woburn. He was a proud officer that earned the respect of both his coworkers and community.

Pete took just as much pride in his family as he did in his job. He married the love of his life, Lorraine in 1951. They had known each other for years and were high school sweethearts, even having gone together to the prom. After marrying, Pete and Lorraine welcomed a daughter, Kathleen, into their lives and made their family home in Woburn. Summers were spent enjoying time with family and friends at Sawyer Lake in Gilmanton, NH. Pete spent many hours fishing there and all around New England. A true outdoorsman, a hunting trip with friends was never to be missed. In his later years, he delighted in attending his nephew’s ballgames. More than anything, Pete enjoyed the time he spent with family and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, Pete was sadly predeceased by his siblings Frederick O’Brien, Daniel O’Brien, Margaret Gillespie, Catherine Hogan and Rita Shaughnessy.

He is lovingly survived by his daughter, Kathleen O. Langhan and her husband Paul of Burke, VA; his two grandchildren, Jeffery Langhan and his wife Michelle and Matthew Langhan and his wife Lauren; his two great-grandchildren, Grace and Charlotte; his brothers-in-law Robert Peary and his wife Myrt of Woburn and John Nash of Winchester; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday September 30th at 9:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances in Peter’s name may be made to the Woburn Police Relief Association, 25 Harrison Ave, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Catherine Oakley

    I remember uncle Pete on my visit to Boston in 1978. He’d been told to lose weight and was saying how he’s giving up everything he may as well dig a hole and lie in it and wait. Well, he’d have had a very long wait!
    My sincere condolences to you all. (I’m uncle Pete’s mothers sisters Josie’s granddaughter)

  2. Uncle Pete,

    My parents send their best and are sorry they were unable to make the trip from Vermont. It was great to see you at Dad’s 85th and we we all be forever grateful for your kindness to our grandmother. We know you are in a better place with Lorraine to greet you. You are now within the great company of your wife along with many others. You’ll have plenty of laughs again with Uncle Freddie, Aunt Eleanor, Lainey and Chris. You will be missed. Rest in peace.
    Much Love,

    Howard (Sonny) and Nancy Johnson via Nancy(Johnson)Dhaliwal

  3. Uncle Pete we remerber all the fun up at the camp when our mom brought us up in the summer I remember our brother hitting uncle pete on the head to wake him up on the pourch
    please rest in peace we will al pray for you Corrie,Shawn,Jennifer Jeffrey and Stacey
    Say hello to mom up there for us

  4. Our deepest sympathies to the families of Mr.O’Brien. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. With love and heartfelt respect,
    The Mauthe Family

  5. David Pelletier

    Pete
    I’m sure glad that I met you and that we both had an opportunity to get to know each other during the few short years that went by.
    I know you’re truly going to enjoy this new kind of life you’re now experiencing. Because I know there’s nothing but joy where you are now.

    Take care,
    Dave

  6. Jack & Inese Hogan
    Uncle Pete will forever be in our hearts and minds. I am sure he has received a warm reception from his brother and sisters, until

  7. O’Brien family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live with in our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

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