Neil Hawley O'Brien
06/16/1936 - 03/17/2020
Obituary for Neil Hawley O'Brien
Neil Hawley O’Brien was called to the Lord on March 17, 2020. He was born in Chicago, IL, to the late Vincent J. O’Brien and Kathleen Starr O’Brien. He served four years of active duty in the United States Air Force acting as a Technical Aeronautical Instructor. Neil earned his BSME from Illinois Institute of Technology under the G.I. Bill and received an advanced degree from Indiana University, Fort Wayne. In 1960 Neil married his childhood sweetheart, Nancy Sullivan O’Brien, who survives. They had three sons, Sean Vincent (Valerie) O’Brien, Timothy Patrick (Cynthia) O’Brien, and Christopher Robin (Teresa) O’Brien; six grandchildren, Duane, Christopher, Elizabeth, Blayke, Bridget, and William; and one great- grand daughter, Evelyn. A man devoted to his family and faith; Neil was active at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for many years in various ministries. Hobbies and activities over the years were golf, tennis, skiing, sailing, woodworking and flying both single engine and glider aircraft. Neil is also survived by his sister, Colleen (Ken) Davis of Oregon City, Oregon. Neil was preceded in death by his sister Maureen Balmes and brother Gerald Justin O’Brien. Mass of Christian Burial will be private but there will be a Celebration of Life held later. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cathedral Preservation Fund or American Heart Association.
Photos & Video
Add New Photos & Video
Leave a message to share your favorite memories and offer words of sympathy and comfort:
To leave a condolence message, add photos, or add videos, please provide your name and email address.