Robert O’Brien |

Robert O’Brien

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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