John W. O’Brien "Toothpick" age 86, of Newton passed away on March, 27, 2019 in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Visitation will be 1-5pm, Sunday March 31st  at Andrew J Magni &Son Funeral Home , 365 Watertown St, Newton Mass. 02458

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 am Monday 4.1.2019, at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish , 573 Washington St in Newton. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne Mass.

John was born in Newton Mass to Mark and Nora on April 30, 1932.  He was married to Marie on November 13th 1954 in Newton until her death in 2011. He worked as an International Transportation and Logistic Professional for  five decades and was President Emeritus of the Boston Foreign Commerce Club.      

He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Air Force and was awarded United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was  also a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Honorary Life Member, Member of the American Legion and Lifetime member of the Elks.

He loved reading the paper, listening to Irish music, going to the Red Sox games, and the Bean Pot Tournament and a dear friend of Bill W.

John is preceded in death by his parents Mark and Nora, his brother Francis and his wife Marie (Deagle)

John is survived by his daughter Sharon and her husband Lenny Lagasse from Burlington Mass , his daughter Karen and her husband John Callan from Lakeland Fl., his son Mark O’Brien and his wife Dawn of Dracut, his son John A. O’Brien of California , his sisters Mary Bibbo, Ann Wolf and Eileen Barry, Grandchildren: Christopher Lanni, Nicole Lanni and Katelyn Callan, His only great grandchild, Olivia Rose Lanni

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Wreaths Across America or the charity of your choice

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