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Obituary of Richard C. O’Brien


Richard C. O’Brien, 85, of Cortland, NY passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday December 4th. He was born on July 26,1938, the son of the late James F. O’Brien and Beulah (Peg) Alexander.


Richard was a loving and caring husband and father. He enjoyed bowling in his younger years and then went on to play golf. He played on a golf team at Willow Brook Golf Course in Cortland for many years. He served in the United States Army from 1955-1958. Richard was also a member of the DAV in Florida.

Richard is survived by his children Kelly (Brian) Barber, Karen (Alan) Griffin, Kevin (Jane) O’Brien, Kurt (Mindy) O’Brien, and Koreen (Roger Benjamin) O’Brien, his brother Gary (Virginia) Alexander, his 9 grandchildren, his 17 great grandchildren, his brother-in-law Paul Thompson Jr., and many nieces and nephews.

Richard is predeceased by his wife of 65 years Donna L. O’Brien, his brothers Robert O’Brien and James Alexander, and his stepfather Henry Alexander.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday December 9, 2023 at 10am at the Cortland Rural Cemetery, 110 Tompkins St., Cortland, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 5 Oak Ave, Sidney, NY 13838 or www.cancer.org, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5015 Campuswood Dr, East Syracuse, NY 13057, or www.alz.org, in care of Donna O’Brien.

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