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“Christine and Family, Hello, my name is Colleen Cox and I am a conciliator at the DIA in Fall River, MA. Both Gus Gonsalves (also a conciliator)and...Read More »
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“I knew Jim from his work at the State House and all of the great work he did for the in the Labor Movement on behalf of working families in...Read More »
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“My deepest condolences to Jim's family. Recently, while we were waiting for a conciliation to begin, Jim and I traded stories about his kids and my...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Ann McNamara - Boston, MA

“My deepest sympathies are extended to Jim's family and collegues.I can recollect many days at the DIA with Jim sharing 'war stories'. His years as a...Read More »
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“To the O'Brien family: My name is Attorney Tim O'Leary, and I practice workers' compensation law and had many, many cases in which Jim was the...Read More »
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“After being remiss as a friend for 35 years, I finally reconnected with Jim just recently, and now I have lost him again. Losing a friend like Jim...Read More »
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“My deepest sympathies to Jim's family. I knew Jim professionally and admired his knowledge of law and great sense of humor. He will be deeply missed....Read More »
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11 of 13 | Posted by: Lauren Minnehan - Medford, MA

“Jim........you were such a special part of our lives. I can't believe that you're gone. I will forever cherish the memories of happy times together...Read More »
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James L. O'Brien, 54, died at Lynn Union Hospital unexpectedly Saturday, Dec 13th. Born in Stoneham, he lived in Melrose for over 35yrs, 8 yrs in Malden and had been a resident of Lynnfield for the past 9 years. Jim graduated from Melrose High Class of 1968, recieved his Bachelor's Degree in 1972, his Master's Degree in Labor Relations in 1975 at University of Mass, Amherst, he recieved his J. D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1979 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. While earning his degrees at University of Massachusetts, he was a teaching assistant at the Labor Relations and Research Center from 1981 - 1986, he was an attorney with Rowerdink and Orlandi, from 1986 - 1989, and he served as conciliator for the Department of Industrial Accidents. He joined McNaught, Moriarty & McNaught in 1989 and became a partner of Moriarty & Associates in 2001 in Wakefield. Jim was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield and an coach and instructor for the Lynnfield Youth Soccer League .Husband of Christine M. (Lucas) O'Brien.Father of Maryanne K. " Maisy " O'Brien, Leanne C. O'Brien and Matthew B. O'Brien all of Lynnfield. Brother of Charles O'Brien of Danvers. Son of the late Bernard J & Eleanor ( Lawrence ) O'Brien. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W Foster St, Melrose, Thurs Dec 18th at 9 AM. Funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 758 Salem St, Lynnfield at 10 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Wed 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 PM. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Memorial contributions may sent to No. Shore A. R. C., 64 Holten St, Danvers, 01923.