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John "JJ" O'Brien
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to
  • Wounded Warrior Project
    P.O Box 758517
    Topeka, KS 66675

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“I love you JJ, Miss you. ”
1 of 37 | Posted by: Susan - Malden, MA - cousin

“Sorry for your loss ”
2 of 37 | Posted by: Denise LaCrosse - Burlington, MA

“We are deeply saddened to hear of JJ's passing. His demons are gone now and he is in a happier and stable environment. God bless the whole O'Brien...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Ken and Mary Hoge - Largo, FL

“I know he was great in Sports l went to school with his parents and Aunt FLORENCE. ”
4 of 37 | Posted by: Wendy MacKay - Malden, MA

“he Call to Duty A call to duty is sent out and the strong and the brave reply. They do it for love of country, So there's never a need to ask why. ...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: vance - melrose, MA - friend

“I am very saddened to hear about JJ passing. He was great friend and teammate when we played BB at Suffolk University. We quickly became friends and...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Nick M. - Lynn, MA

“Dear Karen and Mike, I remember JJ as a little boy on Webster Street. So sorry to hear of his passing. God bless you all, I am so sorry Sandra (Fiore...Read More »
7 of 37 | Posted by: Sandra Clancy (Fiore) - malden, MA

“so sorry for the loss of your dear son jj. he will be in owr prayers as the two of you will be.joanne and jack crowe. ”
8 of 37 | Posted by: joanne and jack crowe - tewksbury, MA

“Karen, when I called you this morning I had no Idea that your son passed. I am so sorry. I know he is an Angel now and hopefully in a place of peace...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: LIsa Burns - woburn, MA

“Words Can't Express The Sorrow I Feel In My Heart, To The Family Of J J You Are In My Thoughts And Prayers. You Truly Will Be Missed" J J" ...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: Patricia Brady - Malden, MA

“So saddened & shocked to hear of JJ's passing. Always remember him smiling and having a good time wherever he was. All the good times the boys...Read More »
11 of 37 | Posted by: Cheryl Blumsack - Tewksbury, MA

“Dear O'Brien Family - Please know that you are in out thoughts and prayers! My Mom told me there is no pain as losing a child. I understand better as...Read More »
12 of 37 | Posted by: Hank & Kathy - lynnfield, MA

“It is with great sadness that we offer our thoughts, prayers and condolences on the untimely passing of our nephew J.J. He was truly an amazing...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Aunt Nancy & Uncle Tom - Stoneham, MA

“I didn't get to John well , when he started to date my Daughter. I saw the smile on Jaime and Camryn that I hadn't in a long time. John was loving...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Pamela bedard - Cumming, GA

“Rest in peace JJ I will never forget your wonderful smile, you always lite up the room whenever I saw you. I will sorely miss hearing you say " Hi...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: Laura Upton - Everett, MA

“My sincere condolences. I remember playing "Super Mario Bros." with him as a kid, and he was always fun to be around. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
16 of 37 | Posted by: Jason Parker - Palmdale, CA

“You'll be missed JJ ”
17 of 37 | Posted by: Buckley family - Malden - Friend

“JJ There are no words that we could say that can express the feeling we are feeling about your passing. We will miss you so very much. Your last...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Auntie Florence and Uncle Carl - MA

“Although I never met you John, I know your brother Michael and I would like to say Thank You for your service, and tell you that if it were not for...Read More »
19 of 37 | Posted by: Donna Hanson & Don Scalli

“Dear Mike and Karen hearing about JJ shook me to my core I can't even begin to imagine the heartbreak that has gripped the two of you as well as the...Read More »
20 of 37 | Posted by: Dennis Ippolito - Malden, MA

“Karen & Mike - I'm so very sorry to hear about JJ's passing. He was always a great guy with a big heart. I know how much you all loved him. My...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Sarah Myles - Beverly, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane, Ken, Leah, Rich and Justina ”
22 of 37 | Posted by: Diane Piercy - Mesa, AZ - Cousin

“Thank you for your service, you will be missed by many. RIP ”
23 of 37 | Posted by: LisaMarie Holbrook - Groveland, MA

“Charlie & i would like to send our Deepest Condolences to the O'Brien family. He will be missed. R.I.P John. You are with the Angels now. Gone to...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Lorna Aheron - Malden, MA

“So sorry to hear of the loss of JJ. My heart goes out to the family. ”
25 of 37 | Posted by: Danielle Ciaburri - Malden, MA

“Dear Karen,Mike Michael,Georgie+Lisa... Our deepast sympathy to all of you in the passing of J.J. I didn't know him like I did the rest of you..He...Read More »
26 of 37 | Posted by: Carrie +Jim Amaral - malden, MA

“my heartfelt deepest sympathy to the O'Brien family. i am so sorry for the loss of your words can express, may your memories help you in...Read More »
27 of 37 | Posted by: Donna Armstrong - Lynn, MA

“Rip Jj till we meet again! ny heart goes out to all his Family and friends at this sad time. Never forgotten in the arms of an angel!! So sad yet...Read More »
28 of 37 | Posted by: Toni-Marie - malden, MA - friend

“John, see you in Heaven dear one ”
29 of 37 | Posted by: Raul andManonDominguez Pittsfield

“So sorry for this terrible loss... JJ will be missed by so many. The OBrien family if forever in our thoughts and prayers. ”
30 of 37 | Posted by: The Haley family - Celebration, FL

“So sorry for your loss my prayer is with the O Brien family very love and going to be mist ”
31 of 37 | Posted by: Aaron Burtsell - Manchester, NH

“Sorry for the family's loss of their beloved. May God bless you and keep you in his care. ~ the Miller family ”
32 of 37 | Posted by: Angel and Sean Miller - Raymond, NH

“To the O'Brien Family: We are so saddened to hear of JJs passing. May he rest in peace always. With Deepest Condolences ~ Chuck, Julie, Chuckie and...Read More »
33 of 37 | Posted by: Julie - Malden, MA - Friend

“Fly High JJ!!I love and miss you cuz!!❤ ”
34 of 37 | Posted by: Allison Barme - Wilmington, MA

“Rest in peace my cousin you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.. You are now an angel and in the Lord's Hands... ”
35 of 37 | Posted by: ROBERT MURRAY Jr - Manchester, NH

“Very sorry to hear of this loss. Though I hadn't spoken to JJ in many years, I have many fond memories as his classmate at Malden Middle and Malden...Read More »
36 of 37 | Posted by: Mike Rubin - Malden, MA

“You will forever live in our hearts. You may be gone but we will never forget you! ”
37 of 37 | Posted by: Cathy Petit - Epping, NH - cousin


O'BRIEN, John J. "JJ"- Of Malden, unexpectedly, May 22. Devoted son of Michael E. and Karen (Grace) O'Brien. Beloved brother of Michael O'Brien and his wife Kathryn of Lynnfield, George O'Brien and his wife Debra of Billerica and Lisa Sprague and her husband Calvin of Center Barnstead, NH. Loving uncle of Patrick, Nicholas, Hayley, Michael, Dylan and Derek O'Brien, Calvin and Michael Sprague and Rondo. Also lovingly survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) MALDEN on Saturday, May 30th at 9 AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Joseph's Church, 770 Salem St., Malden at 10 o'clock. Visiting Hours in the Carroll Funeral Home on Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM. Services will conclude with interment at Forestdale Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Born in Malden and a lifelong resident, "JJ", at 36 years of age, passed away unexpectedly Friday evening at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. A United States Army veteran during the Enduring Freedom Campaign in Afghanistan he received numerous medals and awards during active duty among them, the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal as well as the Combat Infantryman Badge.

A graduate of Malden High School Class of '96 he was standout sportsman during his days there wearing number 21 in Baseball and 85 in football. A sprinkler fitter, he worked for over four years at Amanti Company in Salem.

Upcoming Funeral Services

Forestdale Cemetery

150 Forest Street Malden, MA 02148