SOUTH PARIS, Maine — Paul F. “Obie” O’Brien, 74, of Oxford, Maine, and formerly of Wakefield, died Friday, March 20, at the Market Square Health Care Center in South Paris.
He was born on May 3, 1940, in Cambridge, a son of William and Dorothy O’Brien. He attended local schools, graduating from Wakefield High School in 1958.
On Sept. 23, 1967 he married Patricia Curran at St. Florence Church in Wakefield, where they made their home until 1980 when they relocated to the shores of Thompson Lake in Oxford.
In Massachusetts, Paul worked for the Wakefield Municipal Light and Gas Department. After moving to Maine, he primarily worked as a delivery driver for various companies. He also enjoyed part-time work as a bartender at various restaurants and bars.
He was a member of the Wakefield Elks Lodge #1276 and the West Side Social Club. In Maine, he also enjoyed singing with Hillsman Barbershop singing group.
Obie was fanatical about New England sports teams and was fortunate to have had season tickets to the New England Patriots for many years. He loved his home on Thompson Lake, particularly the sunsets, rides on his pontoon boat and took great pride in the maintenance and small flower pots he planted around the house. Although he never worked as a carpenter, he took a lot of pleasure in time spent in his garage woodworking, crafting many wonderful pieces.
Paul is survived by his wife Patricia of Oxford; two sons, Patrick O’Brien and his companion Cheryl Barker of Oxford, and Michael O’Brien and his wife Susan of Poland; mother-in-law Ardis Curran Lavoie of Windham, N.H.; daughter-in-law Laura O’Brien of Sabattus; grandchildren, Brenden and Michele Barker, Charles Larson and his companion Katie St. Michel, Timothy O’Brien, Travis and Gina LaBrecque and Jeff and Renée Richardson; six great-grandchildren, Emilee, Kadi, Coura Beth, Cheyeanna, Mathias and Mya; a brother, William O’Brien and his wife, Anne of Reading; brothers and sister-in-law, John, Gerald, Edward, Paul and Kevin Curran and Linda Rea; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Robert O’Brien and his wife Mary; a sister, Kathleen Byron and her husband, Gerald; a brother-in-law, Dan Curran.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at St. Catherine of Sienna church, 32 Paris St., Norway, Maine.
Memorial visitation will be held, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at Oxford Hills Funeral Service, 1037 Main St., Oxford, ME.
Spring interment will be at the Highland Cemetery in Poland, Maine.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com.