Eugene Edward O’Brien, age 89, of Stratford, Conn., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on October 21, 2017.

Born to Terese (née Dunn) and Thomas Chester O’Brien Sr., Gene was a longtime resident of Rye and a graduate of Rye High School, class of 1946.

After serving in Europe during the Korean War, he earned his bachelor and master degrees in International Relations at the Universidad Interamericana in Mexico City.

He then returned to Rye, and went on to a long career in promotions and advertising at Dunham & Smith, a leading military marketing and services company located in Greenwich and Norwalk.

Mr. O’Brien and his wife Maureen (Kelley) later moved to Fairfield, where they spent the last 18 years enjoying retirement.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his two sisters, Karin Carozza of Bridgeport and Marjorie Mori of San Mateo, Calif.; fourteen nieces and nephews; four stepchildren, Brien E. Kelley (Patricia), Ellen R. Kelley, Regan Kelley Orillac (Manuel), and James P. Kelley (Brigid); and twelve grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas, and sister, Mary Gratia, O.P.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church in Stratford. A future private burial will take place in Rye. Donations in Eugene O’Brien’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Peace Sanctuary Fund.

Regan Kelley Orillac

45 E 82 Street, Apt 10E

New York, NY 10028


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