Victor R O’Brien, Sr, 80 of Wilbraham, passed away on April 5, 2020 after a long, difficult battle with dementia. Vic was born in Holyoke Ma on March 24, 1940 to the late Ralph and Elizabeth (Roberts) O’Brien.
Vic proudly served his country in the US Army in the 101st Airborne Division where he received many honors and commendations. He retired with a very distinguished career on January 22, 1965. After his time in the Army, Vic and his wife Carol returned to Chicopee where they stayed to raise their family. Both Vic and Carol became active in ward 6. Vic eventually became alderman of Ward 6 and held the position for many years. He worked for Baystate Refining before going into business with his son.
Vic and Carol spent lots of time together traveling to various places. One of his favorite trips was to Egypt. They were fortunate to be able to visit King Tuts tomb and walk in The Valley of the Kings together. Vic loved his family above all else and cherished the time he spent with them.
In addition to his parents, Vic was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Carol in 2006, also by his brothers Alexander (Sandy) in 1967 and Ralph Jr in 2003. Vic is survived by his son Vic Jr and his wife Jeannine, his three grandchildren, Lauren, Mitchel and Gillian, his brother Gary O’Brien and his wife Aurea of Port St Lucie FL, his sister in law Joan O’Brien of Chicopee, brother in law Ken Kuenzel of Chicopee, sister in law Terry Cartier of Chicopee and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend Vic's Memorial Mass on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 4:00 PM at St. Cecilia Church, 42 Main St., Wilbraham. A committal with Military Honors will take place on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the MA Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Agawam. Arrangements are under the care of Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd., Wilbraham, MA 01095.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Victors name be made to either of the following: Elaine Center at Hadley, C/O Lisa Walters-Zucco, CNE, PO Box 720, Hadley, MA 01035 (checks should be made payable to "Elaine Center at Hadley” and please note that the donation is earmarked for the Leeds unit activity fund) or Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care, 243 King St, Suite 239, Northampton, MA 01060.
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