Terrence William O’Brien passed into immortality on January 22, 2023. Terry was Born in Alliance, Ohio March 23, 1946 to Charles & Grace O’Brien. He lived in many places because of his father’s military service including Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, Mississippi, and Florida. Terry graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas in 1965. At the age of 19 on September 14, 1965 Terry continued his family’s legacy of military service dating back to the Civil War. He joined the Marines in Los Angeles, California. He proudly served until 1971 earning an honorable discharge. In the Marines he achieved the rank of sergeant/ E5. He served his country proudly in Vietnam, where he participated in 9 operations. Medals he earned included the National Defense , Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement, Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, Army Good Conduct, Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign, Ohio National Guard Commendation, Ohio National Guard Faithful Service Ribbon, and Ohio National Guard Award of Merit.
Terry went on to join the National Guard in November of 1977 and served until 1980. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant/ E6. He then joined the Army Reserve where he served from 1980 through 1983. He attended the 101
Airborne Armor School in August of 1980 followed by jump school in 1981. He joined the Army Reserve Special Forces in July of 1982. He was part of the 2
Special Forces Group 1
Special Forces. He received an honorable discharge from both. The most distinguished of his service was to become a Green Beret with the Special Forces. It is a great honor to achieve and not a lot of people make it further showing Terry’s aptitude and loyalty to his country.
Following his full-time military service, he worked at Hoover briefly before he then went to work for Ohio Bell in 1969 where he worked for 24 years until he retired in July of 1993. He proudly served the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter/emergency medical technician from 1970 TO 1978 again furthering his duty to serve his fellow man. Terry was a brave soldier whose struggles on earth are over now, he rests in the arms of the angels.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years Brenda, his cats Bella, Buddy & Scooter. His son Colin O’Brien & his partner Dan O’Connor. His son Corey O’Brien, his spouse Lyndsi & their children Mary, Elise, Corrine, Charley & Owen. His Uncle Joe O’Brien. Cousins Kathy, Meghan & Dennis O’Brien. His sister Maryanne Shaw & her spouse Dick. His nephew, Paedric Shaw & his partner Stephanie, and their dog, Peaches who was a great source of comfort Terry while he was in long term care at Heather Knoll nursing home in Stow Ohio. His mother-in-law, Nancy Francis. Sisters in law Kathleen Satterfield & her spouse Les, Donna Miller & her spouse Todd. Brother-in-law, Dale Francis & his spouse, Michelle. Nieces and nephews, Karri Barnes, Noel Cocchi, Jake Francis, Albert Francis, Kayla Miller, Mike Miller, & Josh Miller. He is preceded in death by his mother Grace Mae O’Brien [Bieri], Charles Joseph O’Brien, and his sister Jean Marie O’Brien, niece Meghan Shaw Kennedy & her son Gavin Shaw.
Thanks, and gratitude to Valli Spahn for making Terry’s transition to the other side easy and peaceful, for holding the sacred space for us to say goodbye. I will never forget what you did for us. Many thanks to the VA for the years of care they gave Terry. Especially the PACT 4 team at the Akron VA consisting of Michelle Carson, Beth Harris and Heatherlin Bartholemew. His family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful staff at Heather Knoll in Tallmadge for taking such good care of Terry while maintaining a sense of humor for the character he could be at times. For listening patiently to his stories. Special thanks to Beckie, Karee, Mel, and Bill. I am sure we have forgotten the names of some but, we knew your faces. We appreciate your love and support that went above and beyond. Many thanks to Wellspring Hospice for their guidance and advice. Thank you, Holly DeVore. And to the Chaplain Danny for visiting with Terry. Grateful thanks to Andrew J. Gonzales, Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church for responding to the family’s spiritual needs on short notice, giving Terry anointment, last rites and comfort.
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