We are sorry to hear of the passing of our Brother Joseph Andrew O’Brien, a Local 17 member for over 60 years.


Joseph Andrew O’Brien, age 86, of Centerville, formerly of Norwood, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 11, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Joan O’Brien, and son of the late Joseph A. O’Brien, Sr. and Jessie O’Brien.

Joe was born in Milton and raised in Roslindale. He graduated from High Park High School, Class of 1950. He also attended Wentworth Institute. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Joe was a proud Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 member for over 60 years.

He was an avid golfer and was a former member of the Backspinners. He was also a member of the Osterville Men’s Club and the Norwood Elks Lodge.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be dearly missed by all who loved him. In addition to his loving wife Joan, Joseph is survived by three sons, Paul O’Brien of Arizona, Larry O’Brien of Norwood, and Local 17 Business Agent Bob O’Brien of Weymouth, and four grandchildren, Justin, Jennifer, Christopher, and Brandon. He is also survived by his “fourth son” Jim Balnis and his “only daughter” Lauran Levigne.

A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. (Rte. 151), Mashpee, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from 11:00am to 12:00pm. A funeral service will follow in the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home at 12:00pm. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. For online guestbook and directions please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com

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