Peter Donald O’Brien, 87, of Watertown

Peter Donald O’Brien, 87, of Watertown

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Peter Donald O’Brien, 87, of Watertown, NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 6, 2018.

Peter was born May 9, 1930 in Ogdensburg, NY son of Peter F. & Mary L. O’Brien. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and Clarkson University where he enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball. After college, he served in the Marines.

After returning to Ogdensburg, he met the love of his life, Kathleen DeSantis. They were married June 18, 1955 in Saranac Lake, NY.

They settled in Syracuse where Peter became district sales manager for Pepperidge Farm. In July of 1973 he purchased Brownell Abstract Corp and moved his family to Watertown. Peter was President of Brownell Abstract Corporation until his retirement in 1992.

Peter enjoyed golf, Syracuse sports, horse racing and his winter home in Vero Beach, Florida.

His greatest pleasure in life was his family. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen D. O’Brien, and 8 children Michael (Tammy) O’Brien, Syracuse, Kathleen Burgess, Watertown, Marianne (Andrew) Nigolian, Syracuse, Peter D. O’Brien Jr., Chico, CA, Thomas (Cathy) O’Brien, Watertown, Alicia (Robert) Bacsik, Watertown, Teresa (Matthew) McAnaney, Syracuse, and Patrick (Karen) O’Brien, Watertown. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, sisters Mary Cook, Gouverneur and Alicia Waldron, Saranac, brother Joseph (Helen) O’Brien, Ocala, Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass will be 12:00pm Tuesday, January 9 at Holy Family Church, Watertown. In lieu of calling hours following the mass the family invites you to a reception at Savory Downtown, Watertown.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Precious Blood Monastery, 400 Pratt Street, Watertown, New York 13601.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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