James R. O'Brien
James R. O'Brien, 86, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Mineville, NY, on August 23, 1930, he was the son of Patrick and Helen O'Brien. Jim was a graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy and started his career as a pharmacist, working for Harvey Co. Pharmacy and MacFinn Pharmacy in Saratoga Springs. In 1954 he moved to Ballston Spa and worked at Lattimore Pharmacy. In October 1, 1960 he bought the pharmacy and O'Brien's Pharmacy was established. He loved his customers and always had a story to share. When he wasn't at the pharmacy, Jim enjoyed gardening, movies and reading a good book. There was no Western in print or on film he didn't know by heart. Of course, he loved all things Irish. He was predeceased by his wife, Alberta; daughter, Suzanne; and brothers, Arthur and Patrick. Jim is survived by his son, Sean O'Brien (Mary) of Ballston Spa; daughter, Sharon Baker-Anderson of Ballston Spa; son-in-law, Ricky Baker (Cheri) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Michael Baker, Melissa Wyatt (Bryan), Meghan Baker, Michelle Baker, Devin O'Brien and Hannah O'Brien; sister, Rosemary Bigelow (Galen) of Westport; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held, 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 15 at St. Mary's Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions, in memory of Jim, may be made to St. Mary's School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com .
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