Patrick Henry O'Brien

October 30, 1950September 4, 2011

Patrick Henry O’Brien, 60, died Sunday, September 4, 2011. He was born October 30, 1950 in New York, NY to George and Margaret (McMillan) O’Brien.

Patrick is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carmen O’Brien of Cary; son, Patrick H. O’Brien Jr. of Manhattan, NY, daughter, Sharlene Cavanaugh and husband, Owen of Apex, NC; father, George O’Brien of Cary; grandchildren, Erin, Emily and Ethan Cavanaugh.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept 6 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at

Condolences and fond memories can be sent at


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 6, 2011
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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September 9, 2011

We never had a chance to meet your husband, but any close family member , relative or friend , is a great loss, but I am sure loving memories will carry you thru,Carmen. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Verena Ierardi/Heinz Rehse

Don Dutton

September 9, 2011

I only met Pat O'Brien once, at the beautiful wedding that he threw for his daughter Sharlene and my nephew Owen Cavanaugh. He was an energetic and fun host who showed a deep love for his daughter and his new son-in-law. I am truly sorry for his untimely loss and send my condolences to Carmen, Sharlene and all of his family.

Michael R Dutton

September 8, 2011

Robert H. and Michael R. Dutton would like to express their sincerest condolences to you Carmen, and to your son Patrick, Jr. and your daughter Sharlene Cavanaugh.

Patrick Henry O'Brien, Sr., now rests in the comforting arms of God; He is certainly smiling down at you from his place in heaven.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Shirley Finch

September 8, 2011

Carmen I was so saddened when I read your email about Patrick.I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Rosheen Simmonds

September 7, 2011

Dear Carmen & Family,
I am truly sorry to hear of Pat's passing. I had enjoyed working with Pat for seven years. He always had a joke to tell me daily and he was actually funny. Neat as a pin, knew where every piece of paper was and a stickler for being on time. He taught me how to appriciate time and to use it wisley. But most of all he showed me how to appriciate family. One day when I was still fairly new I called him Rich (mistook him for Rich Cohen). I apologized for getting the names mixed up. He reponded by telling me it was ok, he had been called worst names before, he did not mind being called Rich and wish he had the money to go with it. I will really miss him. May God give you all peace through this difficult time.

September 6, 2011

Dear Carmen and Family
My sympathy to all of you during this sad time. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.
Rosemarie Miller

Richard Cohen

September 6, 2011

Dear Carmen and Family - I worked with Pat for about 20 years and he will be greatly missed here at NYU Langone Medical Center. He taught me much and he is one of the foundations that made this medical center truly world class.

His legacy will live for a long time and and his memory a blessing for all.

Katherine Ohmer-Garcia

September 6, 2011

Dear Carmen & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege to work with him for a few short years at NYU.
I will never forget his presence at NYU and what a good & kind man he was. He will be greatly missed and I know he will be looking down from heaven making sure that the people he loved is always taken care of.
Again, my prayers are with you.

Kaushik Roy

September 6, 2011

I'm deeply saddened by Pat’s death. I only knew Pat for a few years I worked with him. I learned so many things from Pat and I'm grateful for it. He was an honest and hard working man in my opinion. My prayers for his departed soul….

September 5, 2011

Dear Carmen & Family,
We are saddened to hear of the death of Pat and we want to extend our deepest sympathy to you................we only knew him a short time but we will cherish those moments always. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
Annette & Hugh Tucker