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Terence M. 'Terry' 'OB' O'Brien

April 28, 2021

Terence M. Terry O'BrienTerence M. "Terry" "OB" O'Brien, 53, of Black River died Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Terry was born in Providence, RI on December 11, 1967, son of William and Katherine Lortie O'Brien. The family moved to Watertown where he graduated from Immaculate Heart Central School in 1986, before moving on to SUNY Potsdam.

On December 16, 1995, he married Paige E. Johnson at Holy Family Church.

For 25 years Terry worked for the Department of Corrections at the Watertown Correctional Facility. He transitioned into real estate obtaining his Associate Broker License while at Exit More Real Estate and then became co-broker/owner of Bridgeview Real Estate Services alongside Maxine M. Quigg. For several years he was a top producer for the local board of realtors.

Terry coached lacrosse for 19 years at the College of the Holy Cross (MA), JCC, IHC and finished his career coaching his daughter at the modified level at Carthage Central. He was a member of the North Country Goes Green Executive Board and held a Director’s seat at the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors.

He enjoyed fitness, travel, and being on the water. But more than anything, Terry enjoyed the time he spent with his wife Paige, and his children Gabrielle and Lelan. He was a loving husband, father and a devoted friend to whom many could turn to in times of need. He will also be remembered as an exemplary leader as demonstrated through his years as a coach and small business owner. Terry touched the lives of many athletes, colleagues and community members.

Terry is survived by his wife, Paige, Black River; parents William and Katherine O'Brien, Watertown; daughter Gabrielle E. O'Brien, Washington DC; son Lelan M. O'Brien, Hamilton College, Clinton; four siblings, John (Colleen) O'Brien, Camden, Dennis (Lorie) O'Brien, Dexter, Joseph O'Brien, Watertown, and Mary O'Brien, Watertown; one aunt, one uncle, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, May 4, from 4 - 7 PM. The funeral service will be held at Holy Family Church on Wednesday, May 5, at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers Terry's family wishes donations in his name to North Country Goes Green, P. O. Box 6143, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#39 The Mitchells 2021-05-05 09:59
The O'Brien family represents what is good and right about this community and with the tragic loss of OB it won't be the same. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the immediate family, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace Terry.
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#38 Amanda strock 2021-05-04 22:49
I’m so sorry for y’all’s loss.... I love y’all so very much:)❤️ God bless y’all ❤️
Sincerely yours,
Amanda strock
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#37 Terry Burgess 2021-05-04 21:01
Sending prayers to the family at this difficult time. I taught Terry at IHC. He was a great guy who obviously touched many people in his life. He will be missed by so many. May the love of family and friends give you strength.

Terry Burgess
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#36 Ed & Sharon Brown 2021-05-04 17:11
We are so very sorry for your loss. Terry was such a great guy and will be missed by so many people. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and in our hearts. Mere words cannot adequately express our true sorrow.
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#35 Carolyn Gaebel 2021-05-04 15:42
Paige, Gabrielle, and LeLan. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I worked with Terry at Exit More Real Estate and at de Bridgeview Real Estate Services. I have also worked alongside him at the Irish festival for years. He will be greatly missed! My prayers are with you all!
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#34 Lynise Lassiter 2021-05-04 10:59
My family and I are sorry for your loss.

I didn't know Terry. However, I worked with his sister Mary while I served as the IHC principal. I also partnered with his brother, Sergeant Dennis O'Brien, who lead active shooter drills at the school. I couldn't help but think about them and their families when I heard the news.

My family and I continue to pray for the O'Briens, others connected to them, and the entire community.
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#33 Christopher Jank 2021-05-03 20:58
So sorry for your loss. I knew Terry from high school lax and football. A great guy who will be missed.
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#32 Norma Stuyvesant 2021-05-03 19:47
My deepest sympathy to the O’Brien family.
Sincerely, Norma Stuyvesant
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#31 Susan Swanson 2021-05-03 19:43
Our deepest condolences to Paige, Gabby, Lelan and the O’Brien family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.
Sending love and hugs,
Susan and Abby Swanson
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#30 Coimbra Sirica 2021-05-03 14:37
Dear Gabby:
My family and I send our condolences to you and your family. I hope you know that your friends at Burness are with you in spiriit at this terribly sad time.
Sending lots of love, Coimbra
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