Obituaries

Robert E. O'Briant

Died: 2012-07-14
Resided in: Winchester, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2012-07-20 / 5-8pm
Service type: Funeral Service
Service date: 2012-07-21 / 11am
Service location: Christ the Redeemer Church, Danvers MA
Burial type: Burial at a later date
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Contributions: See Below for details.
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Robert O'Briant of Winchester passed away on July 14 at Lahey Clinic with his beloved wife, Susan at his side. He was 85 yrs. old. Born in Mt. Tirzah, NC , he was the son of Abner & Lonie (Oakley) O'Briant.

A retired Baybanks Vice-President in Commercial Lending, Bob was a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Alpha Fraternity. He also attended both George Washington University Law School and Suffolk University Law School where received his Law degree.

In WWII he served in the 33rd Infantry during the Philippine Liberation . During the Korean War, he transferred to the Air Force achieving the rank of Master Sergeant and was stationed in Korea and Japan.

He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Winchester Rotary Club, as well as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marblehead Flotilla. He was past Commander of the Salem Flotilla. An avid sailor, Bob was a member of the Palmers Cove Yacht Club in Salem. He and his wife, Susan also enjoyed skiing and hiking in the White Mountains.

Besides his wife, he leaves a brother, Dr. C. Rex O'Briant of Gilbert, AZ and three sisters: Irma Strickland and Margaret Collier of Fayetteville, NC and Sara Walker of Lillington. He also leaves a brother and sister-in-law, Stephen & Armanda Manning of Pawtucket, RI and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend the wake on Friday, July 20 from 5-8pm at the MacKey Funeral Home, 22 Conant St., Danvers, MA. A Funeral Mass with military honors be held at 11:00 am on Saturday at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St. (Rt. 62) , Danvers, MA. A private burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Westborough, MA at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church.85 Constitution Lane, Suite 200A; Danvers, MA 01923 ... see www.mackeyfuneralhome.com

Susan, Bob will be sorely missed. I loved seeing him (and you) at the Coast Guard events. Our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow. Sincerely, Aileen and Gary Cordette
My family is ever grateful to Bob and Susan for making our getaway in Porter Maine a reality. I cherish the times he posed for us. It was always a challenge to capture his character in one portrait because he was blessed with so many dignified attributes. He called me "Kimosabi" and my dog "Dummy".... God Bless you Bob Mark ,Margot, Sean and Connor Hayden
My thoughts, prayers and love are with you and Robert's entire family of relatives and friends. Love, Debbie O'Briant
Bob was a great friend and mentor to me, he will be missed greatly. His wisdom and perspectives were strong contributors to my growth as a human being. He has left this world a better place through his reflections on his friends and family during his life. My very best regards to all of his family and friends. Nick Helides
So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him, even those of us who had only a passing acquaintance. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Susan, and your family at this sad time. David and Judith Curtis and family.
Susan, so many people here at Parkview have stopped me to say how much they will miss Bob. When he walked by my window on the terrace he carried himself like someone who was sure of who he was and what the world was. He was every inch a gentleman.-- Ed Mitchell

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