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April 3, 1923-March 7, 2014
John E. O’Brien, a retired registered nurse and lifetime area resident, died on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He was 90.
The son of the late Kathryn Kelley and John E. O’Brien Sr, he was born on April 3, 1923 in Port Jervis, NY. “Jack” grew up and worked on his father’s dairy farm in Slate Hill and never lost his love for the country, the outdoors, and the Hudson Valley. He married Mary Amondio, who predeceased him in 2001.
He was a graduate of Middletown High School, Middletown Psychiatric Center School of Nursing and received his Associates’ degree from Orange County Community College. Throughout his nursing careeer as a staff attendant, registered nurse and later a nursing instructor, he worked as Head Nurse and staff nurse at MPC, Sullivan County Office of Mental Retardation and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services,and the Family Care Center at MPC.
In his younger days, he was very involved with Youth Sports as an umpire for baseball and a soccer official. He was a member of the National Assoc. of Sports Officials, member and past president of the Orange-Sullivan Soccer Officials Assoc, member and past president of the ASA of the Mid-Hudson as well as the Orange County Baseball Umpire’s Assoc. He was also a member of the McQuoid’s Engine and Ladder Co. No. 3.
Until his vision failed, he was an avid reader. Jack was a neat, quiet and simple man. He was a lifelong hard worker, retiring at 78 from umpiring. He had a passion for politics and a love of polka music.
John is survived by his significant other, Helen Muer of Middletown; his two daughters, Kathleen Bied and her husband, Dr. Joseph Beid of Voorheesville, NY and Sheila Glenn and her husband Doug of Middletown; one brother, Dean O’Brien and his wife Colleen of Slate Hill and one sister, Mary Hogan of Los Gatos, CA. he is also survived by his grandchildren, John C. Glenn, Dr. Adam Bied, Seth and Michaela Bied and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middetown, NY 10940. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am at St. Albert’s Chapel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY 10940. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 149 Cottage Street, Middletown, NY 10940.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 419 East Main Street, Middletown, NY 10940.
The family would like to extend speical thanks to their heros and angels at Middletown Park for the care and concern they gave to their Dad.
Visitation hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am at St. Albert’s Chapel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY 10940. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 149 Cottage Street, Middletown, NY 10940.
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