MANCHESTER — Mr. Carl A. O'Brien, 80, beloved husband of Mary Louise (Eaton) O'Brien, passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his family.
Born in Beverly, he was the son of the late Avard and Alice (Troope) O'Brien. He was raised in Manchester and graduated from the former Story High School in Manchester. He continued his education and earned his degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston in 1958.
An honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy, he served his country as a radar technician on a submarine tender during the Korean War.
As an electrical engineer, Mr. O'Brien worked on missile defense systems and ion implantation equipment. Following his engineering career, he taught high school electronics. Throughout his life, he was caretaker for several estates in Manchester.
A lifelong resident of the Town of Manchester, he was a member of the First Parish Congregational Church in Manchester for over 60 years. He was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Bass River Lodge 141 in Beverly, the American Legion Post 113 in Manchester and a life member of the I.E.E.E. He was a "handyman" and a "Jack of all trades," who enjoyed repairing or assembling just about anything.
Carl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage, he is survived by his daughter, Kimberly J. O'Brien of Gloucester; three sons, A. Jeffrey O'Brien and his wife, Debra of Hamilton, Ross E. O'Brien and his wife Carol of Medford, and Eric S. O'Brien of Manchester; four grandchildren, Andrew, Christiana, Erin and Kristina; a brother, Stuart H. O'Brien of Pamona, Calif.; several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Shirley Main and Keith A. O'Brien.