Danvers — Joseph E. O’Brien passed away peacefully at home on Wed., March 26, 2014.
Born and raised in Beverly, he was a former golden gloves boxing champion. Joe was a veteran of WWII, serving in the 54th Military Police Company stationed primarily in Italy. He saw campaigns in Africa, Panama and Korea. Joe was a graduate of Northeastern University, class of 1954. He worked as a social worker for the Department of Welfare, and personnel at Raytheon and Western Electric. Joe spent the remainder of his career as a caseworker for the Department of Youth Services. He was a 1988 recipient of “The Commissioner’s Award.”
He is survived by his son, Paul O’Brien and his wife, Geraldine, of California; his son, Joseph O’Brien and his wife, Lisa, of Boxborough; and his daughter, Susan O’Brien Martin of Plymouth, with whom he made his home for the last several years. He leaves five grandchildren, Brandi and Michael of California, Joseph and Hayley of Boxborough and Brandon of Plymouth. He was the brother of the late Robert, Thomas and Ralph O’Brien. He is survived by his sisters, Virginia Morrison of Salem, Evelyn Harrington of Beverly and Lorraine Leonard of Salem. He leaves many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 24 Conant St., Danvers. Burial will be held privately in the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne on Wednesday. Visiting hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. www.LyonsFuneral.com.