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“Chris, Kevin and All of the Laverty Clan,Prayers and condolences to all on the passing of Joe. He was a great guy. Joe and Rita made a wonderful...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Sue Daly - Melrose, MA - Neighbor

“Chris and Kevin, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Allyson Murphy Wyner - Friend

“Chris and Kevin,I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Your Dad was a great man and he will be truly missed and will always be...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: William Tobey - Melrose, MA

“Very special individual. Angel in heaven. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Elizabeth Higgins - Melrose, MA

“Christopher and Kevin ,So sorry about the passing of your dad he will be missed at bingo .. thoughts nd prayers are with you both during this...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Kathy Graham - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Joseph B. O'Brien passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2016 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was born in Melrose on March 19, 1931 to the late Edward P. & Grace A. (Walsh) O'Brien. Joseph was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1950 and has been a lifelong resident. Mr. O'Brien attended the University of Wyoming, left school and enlisted in the US Army. He served his country with pride in the US Army during the Korean War and was a highly decorated veteran, recieving two bronze stars for his bravery. After his discharge he returned to Melrose and worked as a truck driver for Pier Fish & Seafood Company in Medford for over 40 years. He was a longtime member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield where he was instrumental in developing the Boy Scout Troop 725 in Wakefield. Joseph was a Boy Scout Leader for over 30 years retiring in 2005, 3 years as a Cub Scout leader, 20 years as a scout master and 10 years with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. Mr. O'Brien was also instrumental in starting the Melrose Youth Soccer program. He loved to travel with his two sons and family meant everything to him. Joseph was the beloved husband of the late Rebecca "Rita" (Laverty) O'Brien. Cherished father of Christopher E. O'Brien & Kevin M. O'Brien both of Melrose. Caring brother of the late Eleanor, Eddie, Bobbie and Dotty. Loving brother-in-law of Matthew & Eleanor Lafferty of Wakefield, Patricia & Jim Gallagher and Michael & Theresa Laverty all of Greenock Scotland. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 9AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held ... READ MORE →