Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA


George Joseph O'Brien

April 13, 1949June 26, 2020

George Joseph O’Brien a longtime Scituate resident, died unexpectedly on June 26, 2020 at age 71. He leaves behind his wife of 47 years Laura (Carey), his son Michael, and wife Lisa of East Greenwich, RI. He was the cherished grandfather of Brendan & Jackson O’Brien, and Tyler Sampson who will miss him dearly. He also leaves behind his beloved sister Margaret Hirtle of Weymouth, and was predeceased by his three brothers Robert, John (Puddy), and William Murphy. He will be lovingly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.

Born in Dorchester, he was the son of the late George F. and Dorothy (Gerstel) O’Brien. A graduate of the Boston Trade School he went on to join the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked tirelessly for over 30 years as a self-employed contractor and property manager at James Landing in Scituate. George thrived on socializing with other people. Whether it was spending time with his family, fishing in his boat, or being invited on other’s boats in Scituate, he always sought to form a connection & bond with others. George was very compassionate and kind, always willing to lend an ear. He loved gardening, home improvement, and being a member of the Scituate Rod & Gun club. George also loved animals and had numerous dogs over the years that he treated like family; Trina, Jasper, and Fawn in more recent years. George loved to visit his family in Rhode Island, and really enjoyed when they visited him in Scituate. They will miss him tremendously. With heartfelt gratitude, George's family would like to thank everyone that knew George and spent time with him in conversation. Visitation will be private. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate contributions in George's name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://afsp.org/give-a-gift or the Scituate Animal Shelter https://scituateanimalshelter.org/donate. Words of comfort can be left at www.richardsongaffeyfuneralhome.com


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Maura Dawley

July 8, 2020

I saw George and Fawn a couple times a week at the Driftway or the golf course. He was always so pleasant and easy to chat with. He always had a ball or toy and happily shared with the other pups. I’m sorry for your tremendous loss. I’m sure there are many of us dog owners out there that will miss his easy smile and manner.

amy guillemin

July 6, 2020

georges family and friends you have our deepest condolences. we knew george and fawn from dog walking in scituate, the golf course and the boat launch. george was always throwing fawn balls and she was the fastest dog around. george was always friendly and never got mad when our dog thief jasper stole a ball. we had many fun ball sessions together. he will be sadly missed. sending prayers and positive thoughts to his family.

Liam Fitzgerald

July 6, 2020

Of the years that I've spent with George at Boston Trade High School, he was one of the most affable guys i had known. He and I along with Gus Derle (RIP) had joined the crew team to row on the Charles River where we not only competed with other schools but we had a blast doing it! My grand sorrow is that since we have been conversing, I've meant to visit him although it is too late now, my heart is still with him in friendship forever! As a brother Marine, i shall always cherish his memory. Semper Fi, Obie G.....To Laura, my deepest sorrow to you and family! Obie G was 'da best'!

Jackie Collari

July 5, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about George. I only knew him from chatting at the Driftway park, where we would often be walking dogs at the same time.. He was always so friendly and willing to say “hello!” I will miss seeing him.... so sorry for your loss.

Jared Karlberg

July 5, 2020

I will miss seeing George all fall long when I get out of the woods from deer hunting. So sad to hear, I'm glad I was able to make friends with him over the years. My condolences to the O'Brien family and his best little buddy Fawn.

Leslie Sennett

July 4, 2020

So sorry to hear about George's passing. We saw him at the dog park, McEachern Park and Widow's Walk during the winter.
He always had a smile and a story to tell. He will be missed.

Jerry Klimek

July 3, 2020

I was very saddened when I heard that George had passed on. I will always remember him as a nice guy to talk with as we walked our dogs. I recall taking a picture of him and his dog Fawn during one of those walks (see attached). I pray for the family as I have for George that they will find peace in knowing that he touched so many lives in a positive way. My deepest condolences to the family. God Bless them all. Sincerely, Jerry

Barbara Davenport

July 3, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the O'Brien family on George's passing.
I lived at James Landing in the late 90's and again these past three years.
George was always such a pleasant man, always helpful , kind, and a true gentleman.
I will remember him that way.

Mike OBrien

July 3, 2020

My dad was never envious of the rich or anything material. What he wanted more than anything in life was to spend time with us (and that means you too if you knew him).
Not being able to spend time with us the past few months was really tough on him. He worried deeply for those of you older or medically fragile.
A video tribute to my dad can be found here:

Shirley Young

July 2, 2020

I was shocked and saddened to hear about George. I am so very sorry Laura. George was the first one to extend his friendship when Audrey and I moved to James Landing over 20 years ago. It was always great to run into George, a guy with smiles and a good sense of humor. He loved his family, friends and his country. George also had a very strong belief, which gives me comfort that he is at a better place.

Rest In Peace George! I will miss running into you at the gym.