Naples – Mac and Griffin O’Brien welcomed their father Ed into their world on June 25, 2021. Just after a valiant practically 5 12 months wrestle with cancer, Ed handed peacefully at household.
Born to Donald O’Brien and Loretta Delaney O’Brien on November 16, 1954, Ed grew up predominantly in Port Washington, New York, with the exception of just one 12 months in La Cañada in southern California of which he experienced fond reminiscences. A sports fanatic from an early age, Ed commenced participating in football as a kid with the Port Washington Youth Association and ongoing in higher college with the Schreiber Substantial Faculty junior varsity and varsity teams. Throughout freshman calendar year, he was on the wrestling group. As an grownup he joined a flag soccer league and however it wasn’t usually effortless, he remained a Jet lover for most of his lifestyle.
Right after graduating from Schreiber Large School in 1972, Ed attended New York Institute of Technology and Nassau Group College both of those on Extensive Island, New York. Though he at first experienced intentions of moving into the priesthood, Ed uncovered ladies early on and as a substitute he deemed a job in accounting. Then pretty by incident, he took a career in a friend’s business and as a result started a very long occupation in the printing market. He skilled with Harbor Hill Litho in Port Washington and then labored for 34 yrs at Martocci and Sons in Copiague and Bay Shore, New York. He also owned and ran O’Bjective Printing for various a long time.
Ed married his childhood sweetheart Beth Murchie in November of 1977. They created their dwelling in Babylon and Bay Shore, New York. Their first child was Mac, a Scottish terrier, whom they inherited from Beth’s father in 1998.
The O’Briens relocated to Naples in 2009 and under no circumstances looked again. Ed established a household view and useful man small business. Shortly right after shifting below the O’Briens joined a grass roots movement in Naples to establish an off the leash dog park in the Town. Just after the committee lifted a lot more than adequate to create the park, Town Council agreed to donate land with the guarantee that the committee fundraise to protect the maintenance fees. To that stop Ed labored tirelessly in conjunction with Third Avenue South, organizing the fundraiser Animals on 3rd, a pet parade and costume contest, for a number of years. Griffin and his father turned every day users of the Park making quite a few pals, 4-legged and in any other case. On March 4 of 2015, Mayor John Sorey III proclaimed the working day Griffin and Ed O’Brien Working day a plaque was put at the dog park honoring Ed for his dedication to the facility and for being a superior steward to all who use it.
Ed was a valued volunteer at the Naples Zoo for quite a few many years and he also served as a member of the Puppies in the Backyard garden (DIG) committee at the Naples Botanical Backyard.
A lover of mother nature Ed was endlessly fascinated by the variety of wildlife in southwest Florida. He loved the Gordon River Greenway and Baker Park. Saddened by the reduction of Griffin a pair of many years ago, Ed uncovered solace in having lengthy walks and looking at the dawn on the Greenway each individual early morning.
Ed was an avid reader and was seldom with no a e-book. He carefully followed expert tennis, equally men’s and women’s. He cherished staying on the h2o and liked fishing on Extensive Island with the A single Armed Fisherman’s Club, in Maine with his father-in-regulation, and of study course in Naples.
Ed is survived by his most effective pal and soul mate of 52 several years, Beth his brothers Michael (Penney), Tim (Mary), and Denis (Karen) his sister-in-legislation Vickie Murchie and his brother-in-legislation Jim Murchie (Jenny) eleven nieces and nephews lots of cousins and a great number of pals who cherished and revered him. As for each his own needs, there will be no memorial support. All those wishing to honor Ed’s memory may perhaps donate to the Naples Pet Park, Town of Naples, 280 Riverside Circle, Naples, FL 34102. Be certain to specify “Canine Park” on the verify.
Ed normally mused that when he died, he wished to go the place the puppies go. No doubt that’s the place he is now.
Published by Naples Day-to-day News on Aug. 22, 2021.