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Leonard P. 'Obie' O'Brien

July 20, 2020

Peonard p. 'Obie' O'brienLeonard P. "Obie" O'Brien, 79, of Clayton passed away Monday morning, July 20, 2020, at River Hospital, Alexandria Bay after a long, hard battle with cancer.

Obie was born in Theresa on November 15, 1940, son of Gordon L. and Marion Langois O'Brien. He was a graduate of Clayton High School and attended JCC for two years. A marriage to Sheila Cipullo ended in divorce.

For 23 years he was the bar manager at O'Brien's Hotel. He also was the caretaker for the Custis family on Grindstone Island for 45 years. Obie was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and was in charge of St. Mary's Basketball for two years, winning a Watertown City Championship. He ran the girl's basketball program in Clayton for 25 years, Clayton Minor Hockey for 14 years, and the Clayton Youth Commission for four years. Obie was selected Clayton’s Citizen of the Year in 2003. Obie was one of the founding members of the Maverick Ski Club in Clayton, NY, and an devoted LA Dodgers fan.

Obie is survived by his son Tobias P. O'Brien and wife Rhonda, Clayton; daughter Kerry E. Bearup and husband Kenneth, Redwood; three grandchildren, Michelle Mitchell and Caitlyn and Colby Burrows; great-granddaughter Evelyn Marie Mitchell; brother James O'Brien and wife Rebecca, Watertown; half brothers Larry Ritter and wife Patrica, FL ; Gary Ritter, Watertown; Mike Tubolino, Watertown; two half sisters, Melia Tubolino, Potsdam, and Cindy Ritter, WI; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Brian O'Brien.

Obie AKA "Hey Man" was loved by his family and community. He always had a kind word and smile for everyone he met. His dedication to the youth will be remembered by many. Whether it was a dollar bill, a pair of hockey skates or a bicycle to a kid who did not have one, he made his mark and will be missed by all.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary's Church at a time and date to be announced. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery will be at his family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leonard's name may be made to the Clayton Youth Commission, P. O. Box 191, Clayton, NY 13624.



#36 Ronald Gamble Sr 2020-08-08 08:44
So sad to hear of Uncle Leonard's passing. He was a great man. May God comfort the family during this time.

Ronald and Diane Gamble
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#35 John/Carol DeForest 2020-07-30 10:34
Our condolences to Obie's family. Our neighborhood will never be the same. From the time we moved to Alexandria Street, he welcomed us like we had been friends forever and always made us feel special with his "hey man" how you doin and his love for all the dogs. May the love of Christ comfort you in this difficult time and bring you peace. He will never be forgotten!
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#34 Paula Dickson Deckman 2020-07-28 14:31
My condolences to Obie’s family, he was such an inspiring man. From coaching us young girls on Saturday morning’s for basketball, to his “fresh air” child Targee, to my first “official” drink with my Dad at O’Briens, I will always respect and remember him.
Hey Man, Rest In Peace after a life well lived!
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#33 George Bourdon 2020-07-25 12:22
Our families were so saddened to hear of cousin Leonard's passing. We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to O'Bie's family. We know the contributions he made to the youth of Clayton. What a great enduring legacy to a selfless human being.. I personally was fortunate to be in Ciayton in August of 2018 and talk by phone to Leonard.{From O'Briens] I'm so grateful now that I made that call.He was genuinely happy to hear from me,upbeat and sincere as always,Rest in Peace O'Bie and may God hold Your family in the palm of His hand. Carol & Roger Williams
Barb & Rene Hart George & Donna Bourdon Jim & Nancy Bourdon and families
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#32 CATIE Bogenschutz 2020-07-23 21:03
My heart is heavy that I will never come accross you in my life again. It would be a hug, a HEY BEAUTIFUL! How are the boys?!! I loved running into you as a child, giving me courage to tackle thjngs I never thought I would even attempt (hockey) and even more so as an adult watching you interact with my children. There will never be another you!! And I am so honored to have known you and loved you so much!! Rest In Peace my friend! You deserve it so!! Xoxoxox
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#31 Tim LaLonde 2020-07-23 17:16
Not to repeat all the great comments already made, of which I would echo, I was lucky to be sitting next to Leonard when we (St. Mary's) won the County Parochial Basketball Title. As we both watched Terry Augliano dribble out the clock for the win and the St. Anthony's gym was going nuts, Leonard leaned over to me and said so calmly, "isn't that a wonderful thing". I'll never forget it or him. All my best to the family. What a special man.
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#30 Bonnie Pernice 2020-07-23 15:39
I have sweet memories of O’Briens. Obie was always fun and kind - a good man. Rest In Peace, Obie.
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#29 Joel & Patty Johnson 2020-07-23 13:48
To Leonard's family and loved ones, our deepest sympathy for your loss. We know he will be greatly missed by all, but his memory and contributions will continue on.
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#28 kevin larkin 2020-07-23 08:49
My sincere condolences to Obie's family and friends. Obie shared a life well-lived, and may his memory inspire to others to give back to their communities as he did.
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#27 Loker Wilson Family 2020-07-22 15:16
My family came to know Obie through the Custis family and we will miss him. Such a friendly, good natured person is rare in this world. His enthusiasm about country music and sports were a real delight. He was a great guy and we are grateful to have known him.
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