John T. O’Brien, 65, recently of Newark and previously of Ellicott City, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Brandywine Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after several years of health struggles and decline.
John was born in Plainfield, NJ, the son of the late Nancy (Wodtke) and John Patrick “Pat” O’Brien. He was a graduate of Heidelberg College with a degree in English, a great love of the American novel and coffee in the Castle, and retired after 41 years in the insurance industry as a Director for MetLife Insurance Company. Though he found his way into the insurance industry by accident, he fostered tremendous respect and loyalty among his coworkers, employees and supervisors over a long and productive career.
John was a gifted essayist, a wonderful father and a great friend to many. He had the exceptional ability to turn a group of strangers into friends, and was beloved by coworkers, friends and family alike.
John is survived by his children and their spouses, Katherine O’Brien and Erin Hanlon of Newark, and James and Dayna O’Brien of Cincinnati, OH; his granddaughter, Edith and brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Joanne O’Brien of East Hampton, NY and their children, Kevin (Tara), Curt (Jennifer) and Maral.
A memorial celebration will be scheduled at a later time. Memorial contributions may be sent to the National Book Foundation at nationalbook.org in honor of John’s lifetime love of reading and writing.