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Walter J. O'Brien

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“We will miss you Walter, plenty of great memories. Will miss the old habit of holiday martinis!! All of our love,Picciotto family of Cotuit, MA. ”
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“My grandfather was a wonderful man. He left this world in style & with grace. His intelligence and curiosity for life was inspirational to all who...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Alexa - Saugus, MA

“My most sincere condolences to Joann and her family. "Wally" and I were colleagues and friends for many years at TWA. We never flew together due to...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Capt. Albert J.Mundo - Marblehead, MA

“Mr. O'Brien was very wonderful to us as kids. His family took us skiing to Loon Mt every school vacation for many years. It could not of been easy,...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: robyn - Chelsea, MA - friend

“Dear Joanie, Maureen, Susan and Family, We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you at this very sad time. We have been thinking about you and...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Elaine & Leo Carroll, III - MA

“Walter O'Brien Captain TWA and AA - a friend. It is traditional for Pilots gone West (passing) that we turn to the following reading in their honor....Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: RIchard Ruthfield - Wakefield, MA

“Dear joanie Robert and I are praying for you ”
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“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 »
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Walter J. O'Brien, of Saugus and formerly of Melrose, passed away surrounded by his family on March 26, 2015 at the age of 83. Walter was born on July 19, 1931 in Somerville, MA to Walter J. and Lillian M. (Potterton) O'Brien. He was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School. In 1950, Walter enlisted in the United States Navy where he honorably served for two years during the Korean War. Following his service he became an airline pilot and worked as a captain for Northeast Airlines for four years and then for Trans World Airlines for 28 years before retiring in 1985. Walter married his beloved wife Joann T. (Taracevicz) O'Brien and they raised their family in Melrose. Walter and Joann lived in Melrose for thirty years and were members of the Incarnation Church. Following their time in Melrose they moved to Saugus and spent another 16 years there by each other's side. Walter enjoyed vacationing with his family during the winter time at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. Walter was very proud of his entire family and loved them all dearly. Walter is survived by his beloved Joan T. (Taracevicz) O'Brien of Saugus. He was the loving father of Maureen Picciotto and the late Saro of Saugus, and Susan Aristizabal and Gustavo of Saugus. Walter was the proud grandfather of Alexa, James, Isabella, and Katherine. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31st at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose from 11AM-1PM. A Funeral Service will be held the same day at Gately Funeral Home at 1PM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Massachusetts General Hospital at Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1300, Boston, MA 02114.