John L. “Jack” O’Brien Jr.

September 19, 2021

John L. “Jack” O’Brien Jr.
U.S. Veteran

USMC

Korean War

John L. “Jack” O’Brien Jr. – a lifelong resident of Woburn, died peacefully, September 19th at the age of ninety-one. Beloved husband of 61 years to Joanne (Donlon) O’Brien. Devoted father of the late, John L. O’Brien III and daughter-in-law Julie O’Brien Norris, Siobhan Pike, her husband William of FL, Michelle Ryan, her husband Lawrence of Scituate, Dr. Timothy O’Brien, his wife Kristen of MT.  Cherished “Buppa” of John, Cole, Bennett, Chloe, James, Liam, Zoe, Phoebe, Lily, Grace, Jack, Maeve, Rose and Finn. Dear brother of Kathleen Kerrigan of Holliston, MA and the late Mary Donahoe, Alice Moody and Robert O’Brien. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, September 23rd, at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church  280 Main St., Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 22nd from 4 – 7 pm. Remembrances may be made in Jack’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn c/o St. Charles Church 280 Main St., Woburn, MA.

John L. “Jack” O’Brien Jr. – a lifelong and proud resident of Woburn, died peacefully, September 19th at the age of ninety-one. He was the beloved husband of Joanne (Donlon) O’Brien, with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage on September 10th.

Born and raised in Woburn, Jack was the son of the late John L. and Alice (Corcoran) O’Brien. He was educated at Woburn High School. After High School, Jack served his country proudly as part of the US Marine Corps during the Korean War, until being honorably discharged as private first class.

After returning from his military service, Jack met Joanne and the two married in 1960.  They were blessed with four children and together, raised them all in Woburn.  Jack then joined the Metropolitan District Commission “MDC” police department which later merged with the Massachusetts State Police.  He served for over 30 years on the police force. During these years, with much study, he rose through the ranks starting as a Patrolman rising to Sergeant, then Lieutenant and ultimately achieving the status of Captain of the Massachusetts State Police Department.  He loved working to protect and serve the citizens of the community. During this time, Jack also earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and then his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.

Jack was physically active throughout his life and enjoyed staying fit and exercising daily by lifting weights. He always said “God gives you one body and if you take care of it, it will last a lifetime.”  He was a testament to this motto.  Jack was also a car lover and enjoyed spending time working and wrenching on his classic cars. He solved crossword puzzles daily and never missed morning coffee with his friends at Nick and Mike’s Montvale Service Station.

Jack’s family was his priority and his wife, children and grandchildren were always his number one focus. He was their biggest cheerleader and never missed a sporting event or football game. He also would travel all around the country to visit his family and enjoyed taking trips with his wife to places like Alaska, Ireland and Italy.

Jack was the most dependable and loyal person. He was extremely handy and could fix anything. He used to say that he was a “Jack of all trades and a master of none” but to his family he was a master of all and the man you would call when you had a problem. He will be forever remembered by the ones whom he loved and helped.

Along with his wife Joanne, Jack is survived and will be deeply missed by his children including his son the late John L. O’Brien III and daughter-in-law Julie O’Brien Norris, his daughter Siobhan Pike and her husband William of St Pete Beach, Florida, his daughter Michelle Ryan and her husband Lawrence of Scituate, Massachusetts and his son Timothy O’Brien and his wife and daughter in law Kristen of Bozeman, Montana.  Cherished grandfather, known as “Buppa” he loved his 14 grandchildren including John, Cole, Bennett, Chloe, James, Liam, Zoe, Phoebe, Lily, Grace, Jack, Maeve, Rose and Finn. He was the dear brother of Kathleen Kerrigan of Holliston, MA and the late Mary Donahoe, Alice Moody and Robert O’Brien. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 23rd, at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church 280 Main St., Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 22nd from 4 – 7 pm. Remembrances may be made in Jack’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn c/o St. Charles Church 280 Main St., Woburn, MA.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Thursday, September 23rd, at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church  280 Main St., Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 22nd from 4 – 7 pm. Remembrances may be made in Jack’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn c/o St. Charles Church 280 Main St., Woburn, MA.

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  1. My sincere condolences to jacks family use like bumping into him when he was with Dan Gatley and a few other guys remember him from when I worked at record wagon on Nashua st

  2. On behalf of the Civittolo and Amadeo families, we are so sorry – as one of our Dad’s (Joe) closest friend, we are so saddened. We loved Jack like an uncle. May you know God’s comfort at this time of sadness.
    With much love and sympathy,
    Ron and Diane Amadeo and family

  3. Jack, Dan Gately and my Dad had a friendship that beyond. These three men help form me into the Man I am today–RIP Jack–I love you

  4. When I started my police career in 1983 with the Metro Police Sgt. O’Brien was one of my bosses. He was an interesting individual and quite a character. He was a fun guy to work with. Enjoyed his company at many RAMP yearly gatherings at the Irish American. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🙏🙏

  5. Joanne & family,

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

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  6. Marie Muse Anderson

    Joanne – My condolences to you and your family on Jack’s passing.

    I have fond memories of Elmwood Ave. and Greenwood Ave.

  7. Jack was my Sergeant back in the day at the MDC Police Fells Station. He was a great boss and gentleman. We became good friends. My sincere condolences.

  8. Just received the news from my son Peter. Jack was a good friend of my husband Don and so many others. My condolences to Joanne and the family. Jack was a great man and will be missed by all. Rest In Peace ✝️

  9. Retired Association of Metropolitan Police

    On behalf of the Retired Association of Metropolitan Police, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this time of sadness.

  10. Joanne and family, my deepest sympathy to you and your family…please know you are in my thoughts and prayers…may he Rest In Peace .Love Adeline

  11. Devastated, sorry for our loss. He was the best of the best. A mans man. He will certainly be missed by all. May the peace of God rest upon your great family. I loved the man.

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