In memory of
KENNETH O'BRIEN
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In memory of
KENNETH O'BRIEN
Kenneth J. O'Brien, 85 Proud Marine, retired FDNY firefighter, business owner, accomplished builder and carpenter Ken O'Brien, 85, of Port Richmond, died peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2018. A lifelong Staten Islander, Ken was born on Aug. 8, 1932, to Alice and John O'Brien of Rainbow Avenue, Port Richmond. Following his graduation from St. Peter's Boys High School in 1950, he went on to join the United States Marine Corps and proudly served our nation during the Korean War. After returning home from war, Ken met Maria Layman at a dance in Westerleigh Park. They went on to get married in 1952 and had three children together. Ken and Maria ("Mim") shared a rich life, and many more dances. Both members of the Cheers Club, Ken and Maria greatly enjoyed time spent with their friends and family and spent many summers in Dingmans Ferry, Pa. True to his Norwegian roots, Mr. O'Brien was a skilled carpenter and builder. He owned his own business, Clearview Home Improvements. In the late 1970's, Ken and Mim relocated to Clearwater, Fla., where he built dozens of homes and businesses in the Tampa area. In 1987, Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien returned to Staten Island, where he went into business with his son, Kevin. Together, they built dozens of homes, some of which were award-winning and featured in The New York Times. Ken built himself a workshop in his basement, where he hand made picnic tables and benches for the community. In the 1990's and 2000's, Mr. O'Brien became involved with the Marine Corps League and served as Commandant of both Staten Island and New York State, and was then elected by his peers to the national level, serving two-terms as Commandant for the Eastern Region. He frequently traveled the state and country in his role. In recent years, he created a scholarship foundation that provides financial assistance for the higher education of children, grandchildren, and dependents of members of the Marine Corps League. Even in his final months, Mr. O'Brien was looking for ways to help others. He loved his country, his family and his friends. He lived a long, accomplished life filled with moments his surviving family will cherish forever. Ken was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Maria O'Brien; his brothers, Billy and Bobby; and his sister, Alice. He is survived by his brother, Timothy O'Brien of Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; son, Kevin O'Brien (Patricia); his daughter, Colleen McGinley; his son, Tom O'Brien (Carol); and his six grandchildren, Julie Maniscalco ( Joe), Martin O'Brien (Shannon), Thomas McGinley, Timothy O'Brien, Maureen O'Brien and Patrick McGinley. Friends will be received Tuesday, May 22, at Scamardella Funeral Home, 332 Broadway, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service is Wednesday, May 23, at 10 a.m., at Scamardella Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow at Fairview Cemetery. Scamardella Funeral Home 322 Broadway Staten Island, NY 10310 (718) 981-6622
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In memory of
KENNETH O'BRIEN
Kenneth J. O'Brien, 85 Proud Marine, retired FDNY firefighter, business owner, accomplished builder and carpenter Ken O'Brien, 85, of Port Richmond, died peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2018. A lifelong Staten Islander, Ken was born on Aug. 8, 1932, to Alice and John O'Brien of Rainbow Avenue, Port Richmond. Following his graduation from St. Peter's Boys High School in 1950, he went on to join the United States Marine Corps and proudly served our nation during the Korean War. After returning home from war, Ken met Maria Layman at a dance in Westerleigh Park. They went on to get married in 1952 and had three children together. Ken and Maria ("Mim") shared a rich life, and many more dances. Both members of the Cheers Club, Ken and Maria greatly enjoyed time spent with their friends and family and spent many summers in Dingmans Ferry, Pa. True to his Norwegian roots, Mr. O'Brien was a skilled carpenter and builder. He owned his own business, Clearview Home Improvements. In the late 1970's, Ken and Mim relocated to Clearwater, Fla., where he built dozens of homes and businesses in the Tampa area. In 1987, Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien returned to Staten Island, where he went into business with his son, Kevin. Together, they built dozens of homes, some of which were award-winning and featured in The New York Times. Ken built himself a workshop in his basement, where he hand made picnic tables and benches for the community. In the 1990's and 2000's, Mr. O'Brien became involved with the Marine Corps League and served as Commandant of both Staten Island and New York State, and was then elected by his peers to the national level, serving two-terms as Commandant for the Eastern Region. He frequently traveled the state and country in his role. In recent years, he created a scholarship foundation that provides financial assistance for the higher education of children, grandchildren, and dependents of members of the Marine Corps League. Even in his final months, Mr. O'Brien was looking for ways to help others. He loved his country, his family and his friends. He lived a long, accomplished life filled with moments his surviving family will cherish forever. Ken was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Maria O'Brien; his brothers, Billy and Bobby; and his sister, Alice. He is survived by his brother, Timothy O'Brien of Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; son, Kevin O'Brien (Patricia); his daughter, Colleen McGinley; his son, Tom O'Brien (Carol); and his six grandchildren, Julie Maniscalco ( Joe), Martin O'Brien (Shannon), Thomas McGinley, Timothy O'Brien, Maureen O'Brien and Patrick McGinley. Friends will be received Tuesday, May 22, at Scamardella Funeral Home, 332 Broadway, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service is Wednesday, May 23, at 10 a.m., at Scamardella Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow at Fairview Cemetery. Scamardella Funeral Home 322 Broadway Staten Island, NY 10310 (718) 981-6622
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