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Edward G. O’Brien

Posted By Hans Funeral Home On February 21, 2017 @ 7:33 am In Obituary | 17 Comments


ALBANY – Edward G. O’Brien, 81, of North Albany passed away at home on Friday, February 17, 2017.  Edward was born in Cohoes on March 20, 1935 and was the son of the late Adele Potyrala O’Brien and Edward O’Brien.  He served in the US Navy and retired from the NYS Department of Labor.  He was a devout communicant of Sacred Heart Church in North Albany.

Edward was predeceased by his daughter, Elaine O’Brien Pettit and his sister, Carol A. Tierney.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Davis O’Brien of Albany; his son Timothy (Lisa) O’Brien of Colonie; his daughters Karen (Jay) Driscoll of Albany, and Christine O’Brien Inger of Delmar; his son in law Derek S. Pettit of Albany; his loving grandchildren Conor Driscoll, Margaret Driscoll and Jack Driscoll of Albany, Julia Pettit of Albany, and Kathleen Inger of Delmar.  Edward is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in North Albany.  There will be no calling hours as Edward’s wishes were to have his remains donated to Albany Medical College’s Anatomical Gift Program.  Those who wish may send a remembrance to Sacred Heart Church Food Pantry, 33 Walter St., Albany NY 12204; or to Stride Adaptive Sports, 4482 NY Highway 150, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Condolences for the family of “Edward G. O’Brien”

Condolence from Trish Fisher on February 21st, 2017 8:45 am

So sorry to hear about Mr O’s passing. He was so special to all of us. Love and hugs to the entire family and everyone he touched. He will forever be smiling on you. ❤️

Condolence from Sheila Walsh Vadney on February 21st, 2017 8:46 am

Christine and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Remember all the good times you had together. Speak his name and he shall forever remain in your heart…..

Condolence from Lynn Gardner and family on February 21st, 2017 10:13 am

With deepest condolences. You will be missed, Mr. O’Brien. God bless you and your family at this time of deep sorrow.

Condolence from Beverly Pach on February 21st, 2017 10:45 am

Mary & Family,

I am so saddened by the passing of your Husband & Dad, Also for one of the Lector’s at Sacred Heart Church.
He sure will be missed dearly. he was so full of fun, whenever he spoke to you, always had something funny to say. Well he is at least out of his sufferings, and I am sure he is up with Our Lord & Savior JESUS CHRIST.

Bev. Pach

Condolence from Joyce Graham on February 21st, 2017 11:03 am

Christine I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and you family

Condolence from Joelle on February 21st, 2017 7:35 pm

From all of us at TJ’s Cafe you will be truly missed! Our sincerest thoughts are with you and your family, god bless.
Todd& Joelle & the staff at TJ’s.

Condolence from Carol Herbst on February 22nd, 2017 8:04 am

I have so many wonderful, funny memories of Mr. O’Brien (Eddie Spaghetti) from our days of Cobb’s House of Meats and beyond. He was like a second father to me. I loved going to the O’Briens’ after Christmas Eve mass at Sacred Heart. Some of my best childhood memories were made with the O’Brien family!
May you Rest In Peace and be embraced by the angels. You will be sorely missed. ❤️

Condolence from Doreen Alderman on February 23rd, 2017 6:13 am

Mary, So sorry to hear this. Prayers to you and your family. Doreen Alderman

Condolence from Fran Meltz on February 23rd, 2017 8:01 am

Mary and family,

My deepest sympathies at Ed’s passing. Such a good man – salt of the earth. With love and peace,


Condolence from Sharlene Vanderbilt on February 23rd, 2017 8:44 am

Mary, Christine, Karen & Tim,
I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Condolence from Mel and Charlyn Pettit on February 23rd, 2017 9:03 am

Mary and family,

We are in Florida and Derek informed us of Ed’s passing. Ed was a very friendly and kind man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Condolence from Ann Ferenczy on February 23rd, 2017 7:39 pm

Mr. O’Brien always had a kind word to say to us in passing. He enjoyed watching our dog play. Mr. O’Brien always took time to smile and wave when he would see me out on the street. He has been a steady fixture on the street here for almost all my life! Please know my family’s thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Blessings and peace. ~~Ann Feisthamel Ferenczy ~~

Condolence from Frank Flynn on February 24th, 2017 7:00 am

Mary and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences at this sad time. Ed was a GOOD man whom I had the pleasure of working with for decades. I’ll always remember the Christmas parties held at the O’Brien household with Ed and Mary hosting and dozens of co-workers in attendance. May he rest in peace!

Condolence from Tricia,Mike, Lindsey, Aidan &Brandon on February 24th, 2017 7:28 pm

We will miss him so! Our love to all of you!!!

Condolence from Barbara Schultz Kling on February 25th, 2017 11:06 am

To the O’Brien Family,
Mary, Tim, Karen, and Christine,

My sincere condolences, Mary, to you and yours. Many wonderful memories of time spent working together and sharing life will remain in my heart forever. My thoughts are with you, and my prayers are to God to comfort all of you.

Condolence from Adrienne Rexford on February 26th, 2017 6:46 am

Mary, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Remembering so many years with State , and how kind you and Ed always were. My best to you and your family

Condolence from FRANK WILLIAMS on June 2nd, 2017 6:01 pm


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