Robert “Bob” Patrick O’Brien died July 18. He was 77. A memorial mass will
be held at 11 a.m., August 9, at St. Patrick’s Church with inurnment
following at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church
Bob was born June 24, 1931, and resided in San Francisco. He attended
Mission High School and was Senior Class President of 1948. He was a member
of the high school dance band and had his own professional dance band at the
age of 16. He was also the All City tackle football star. He joined the San
Francisco Police Department when he was 22 and retired as a Lieutenant after
28 years of service. He was actively involved with the Police Athletic
League and was responsible for initiating the deep sea fishing program for
underprivileged children. After retiring from the Police Department he
became a Commercial Fisherman and received his Coast Guard Captain’s
Bob and his wife moved to Grass Valley in 1987. He became involved
with St. Patrick’s Church and contributed to many of the church’s
fundraising events. He was very proud to become a 4th degree Knights of
Columbus and was an Honor Guard for several Knight of Columbus events. He
was well known in his Alta Sierra neighborhood and greeted all fellow dog
walkers with pockets full of dog bones for the neighborhood dogs. He lived
for 14 years battling a hereditary illness and never complained. He died
peacefully with his wife and two daughters by his side. He will be greatly
missed by one and all.
Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy O’Brien; his daughters
Genie O’Brien and Bobbie O’Brien; son-in-law, Blaise Hurley; grandchildren
David Holm, Erin Holm, Robert C. O’Brien, Sarah Staton, and Michael M.
O’Brien; great-grandchildren Kali Williams, Cory Williams, Levi Prinz and
Jaiden McGinnis; brother, Donald O’Brien and sister-in-law Virginia;
sister-in-law, Dolores O’Brien; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends,
and his white four footed furry best friend, Daisy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Hazel O’Brien;
brother, Charles Jr., and his son, Patrick Kevin. In honor of Bob, donations
may be sent to Mount St. Mary’s School, YLI of St. Patrick’s Church, or
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