FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

John E. O'Brien

John E. O’Brien died peacefully in his home on Monday, May 29th, 2017 in Rockland, Delaware at the age of 65.

John is survived by his wife, Dawn O’Brien; his two children, Liam O’Brien, of New York, NY and Maura O’Brien, of Wilmington, DE; his step-children Jesse and Steven James; his step-granddaughter Nevaeh James; his uncle Francis J. Maucher (wife Brenda Maucher); his aunt Margaret Szewczyk and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Helen and Bill O’Brien of Centerville, DE.

John was born on November 14, 1951 in Wilmington, DE to Bill and Helen (Rybienski) O’Brien. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, University of Delaware and Lehigh University. He received degrees in engineering and had over forty years of experience in structural steel erection and fabrication with affiliated companies Falcon Steel and Helmark Steel. From 1976 to 2005, he served as President of Helmark Steel and Vice President of Falcon Steel.  In 2005, John founded O’Brien Steel Consulting.

John had a love for the beach, fishing, scuba diving, karate, traveling, cooking and fine wine.

A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate John’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice at 405 E. Marsh Lane #4, Newport, DE 19804 or the Mary Campbell Center at 4641 Weldin Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803.  MealeyFuneralHomes.com

 

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Submitted by Sharon Downward on
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I am so sorry to hear that my fearless leader has passed away I loved John like a big brother and I learned so much from him I will truly miss him and his sarcastic wit

Submitted by Sharon Downward on
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I am so sorry to hear that my fearless leader has passed away I loved John like a big brother and I learned so much from him I will truly miss him and his sarcastic wit L&K

Submitted by The Smiths on
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We wanted to share our condolences with the O'Brien family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3, 4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

Submitted by Tammy L and Eri... on
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Eric and I are very sad to hear of John's passing. Our condolences and prayers are with you both. Thanks to John and your generosity, we were able to do some fun things. He will be missed. I love you and miss you cuz. I am here if you need me.