Chas. Peter Nagel Funeral Directors

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Brian A. OTEY

December 20, 1965July 26, 2019

Brian Alan Otey, 53, formerly of Weirton WV, passed away peacefully on July 26th 2019 in New York City. He was born on December 20th, 1965 in Steubenville OH, a son of the late Harold Otey and Helen (Smogonovich) Otey. A Roman Catholic by faith, he was a member of our Lady of Good Counsel in New York City. Brian graduated from Brooke High School in 1984, enlisted in the US Army, and served in Germany. After the army he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Steubenville and then his law degree from West Virginia University. Brian was employed by Citigroup In New York City as a corporate tax attorney. He was an avid golfer, reader, and student of history. He is survived by his wife Patricia Costello, his mother Helen Otey, his brother Harold (Butch) Otey, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins across the country. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 11th at 10 AM in Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church located at 230 E 90th St., New York, NY 10128. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org, Telephone number (800) 822-6344, or mailing address 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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11 September

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

230 East 90 Street
New York, NY 10128


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The Brooklyn Oteys

August 12, 2019

Our great sorrow at the loss of our cousin Brian is balanced at this very unsettling moment, by the love and admiration we have for him and the courageous and dedicated life he led up until the time he left us on July 26. We grieve for our Aunt Helen, our cousin Harold (Butch), his wife Trish and family, his uncle Chuck Otey (our Dad) and wife Verena, and our cousin Danny of New Cumberland, W.Va.

Brian’s legal and career achievements will inspire us so long as we live. Like our father, he was born and grew up in Weirton, W.Va. in the heart of the Rust Belt. Inspired by his dad, the late Harold Otey, our Uncle Sonny, who was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, Brian served four years of military service in the U.S. Army before completing his law degree at W.V.U. He came to New York City where he specialized in corporate tax law and was, for a number of years, practicing on behalf of Citigroup until the time of his death. 

We are his Brooklyn cousins–Elizabeth, Anne-Marie, Katherine and Robert–we each felt and are uplifted by his love for his family.

Ian Pinto

August 9, 2019

We were deeply saddened to hear of Brian's passing. We would like to express our sincere condolences to Trish and Brian's family. I first met Brian in the elevator when he moved into our building in NY. He was so elegantly dressed with his signature hat and from that first moment his kindness was so apparent. Rain or shine, Brian always held the elevator door open for us and greeted us with a smile. He was always the consummate Gentlemen and would engage in conversation with my 2 young boys . I have had privilege of having numerous conversations with Brian, be it in the elevator, during Saturday night laundry sessions or prior to walking Dino, during which he would always inquired about my wife and boys. I was fortunate enough to learn a bit about his childhood in WV.
Brian, you will be dearly missed my friend! You will be in our thoughts and prayers for a long time to come.

thomas meehan

August 7, 2019

I was so sad to hear about Brian passing away.We became friends in Yorkville. my heart goes out to his family, I last saw Brian at mass in our lady of good counsel church, volunteering his time doing the collections. it was Easter sunday. I never thought it would be the last Holliday i would have with my friend. and no one ever looked better in a fedora.God bless you Brian.I'll see you on the other side.

Bernie Clare

August 1, 2019

I never knew Brian, but Butch is my brother here on the West Coast ... if Brian is half the man Butch made him out to be these past years, then you all are very lucky to be a part of his too short life.

Rest In Peace Brian, heartfelt condolences and much love to anyone reading this.

Scott Radman

July 30, 2019

I’m deeply saddened to learn of Brian’s passing. Brian and I studied together in law school and he always took time to help me understand some of the legal subject matter that I was struggling to grasp. No matter how stressful it got in law school, he always had the ability to make me laugh. My thoughts and condolences to his family.
Scott Radman
WVU law class of ‘97

Scott Holcomb

July 29, 2019

I want to share my deepest condolences to Brian’s loved ones. He was an outstanding person with a terrific sense of humor, and he was also one of the kindest and most giving persons I’ve ever known. What an incredible loss.

We became fast friends during our first year of law school and then were roommates during our second and third years. When Brian moved to NY for NYU, I’d visit him regularly and we’d stay out late and laugh the whole time. We kept in touch over the years, and I always thought about him during the Super Bowl. Brian told me once that he was the same age as the Super Bowl, and I never forgot that.

And to build on what David Torres wrote, Brian was the type of guy that, no matter how long in between visits or phone calls, you could pick up your conversation where you left off.

He will be greatly missed.

Rest easy, brother.

Ken Pliska

July 29, 2019

Brian, i was blessed to meet you here in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan. Chatting with you over a drink, discussing the Steelers, your crossword puzzels , OLGC matters or any of the topics of the day. I will miss your smiling face but mostly your friendship. You were truly one of the "good guys" in my life. God bless you and your family.

Toni Costello

July 29, 2019

Uncle Brian was the best person I ever had the good fortune to meet, he changed our family and made us better people from the moment he met aunt Trish. He touched each one of us through his kind words of wisdom and personally took me under his wing when I lived with him and tish in the city. He educated me on the history, architecture, photoagraphy and art in new york. There was nothing he didnt know something about.
I will cherish the memories I have of him, the pizza we shared, the intellectual late night conversations and the early morning wispered goodbyes before he went to work.

We are so lucky to have had Brian as our family, and I know the wisdom he shared will guide us through the rest of our lives and those same words will be passed down to the next generation.

Rest in peace Brian.

Keith Kodosky

July 29, 2019

So sorry to hear the news of Brian's passing. Brian was one of my best friends in law school and I share many of the same memories of Brian as others have already expressed -- he was simply one of the nicest, funniest, and most thoughtful, considerate, sharing and loyal people I've ever met. Been far too long since we'd seen each other last but as someone else mentioned, if we'd gotten together tomorrow we wouldn't have missed a beat, he was just that kind of guy. God bless his family. We're all going to miss you, O.

Liam McCormack

July 29, 2019


(Uncle) Brian was a sweet , gentle person.
Nehama & I both were very fond of him.
Wishing you our love & prayers during this troubling time.
May he rest in peace
Liam & NehamaMcCormack.