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Terence M. 'Terry' 'OB' O'Brien

April 28, 2021

Terence M. Terry O'BrienTerence M. "Terry" "OB" O'Brien, 53, of Black River died Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Terry was born in Providence, RI on December 11, 1967, son of William and Katherine Lortie O'Brien. The family moved to Watertown where he graduated from Immaculate Heart Central School in 1986, before moving on to SUNY Potsdam.

On December 16, 1995, he married Paige E. Johnson at Holy Family Church.

For 25 years Terry worked for the Department of Corrections at the Watertown Correctional Facility. He transitioned into real estate obtaining his Associate Broker License while at Exit More Real Estate and then became co-broker/owner of Bridgeview Real Estate Services alongside Maxine M. Quigg. For several years he was a top producer for the local board of realtors.

Terry coached lacrosse for 19 years at the College of the Holy Cross (MA), JCC, IHC and finished his career coaching his daughter at the modified level at Carthage Central. He was a member of the North Country Goes Green Executive Board and held a Director’s seat at the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors.

He enjoyed fitness, travel, and being on the water. But more than anything, Terry enjoyed the time he spent with his wife Paige, and his children Gabrielle and Lelan. He was a loving husband, father and a devoted friend to whom many could turn to in times of need. He will also be remembered as an exemplary leader as demonstrated through his years as a coach and small business owner. Terry touched the lives of many athletes, colleagues and community members.

Terry is survived by his wife, Paige, Black River; parents William and Katherine O'Brien, Watertown; daughter Gabrielle E. O'Brien, Washington DC; son Lelan M. O'Brien, Hamilton College, Clinton; four siblings, John (Colleen) O'Brien, Camden, Dennis (Lorie) O'Brien, Dexter, Joseph O'Brien, Watertown, and Mary O'Brien, Watertown; one aunt, one uncle, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, May 4, from 4 - 7 PM. The funeral service will be held at Holy Family Church on Wednesday, May 5, at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers Terry's family wishes donations in his name to North Country Goes Green, P. O. Box 6143, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#43 Aaron Ditch 2021-05-18 11:50
I want to express my condolences to Terry's family (Especially Joe). I knew Terry as Coach O'Brien. He was one of the best coaches I have ever had (in any sport). He was motivational, fair and expected the best of our team. He was a great role model and I am saddened to know the world lost a great person. I owe my Bachelors Degree in large part to Coach O'brien. RIP Coach.
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#42 Nina Holtz 2021-05-10 12:00
Gabby is an incredible colleague and person. My deepest condolences go out to her and her family. I'm so sorry for your loss.
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#41 Michele Gaffney 2021-05-06 15:14
So sorry for your loss. I too knew Terry. I finish out Holy Family School with Terry. Went to I.H.C and graduated in 1986 with him. He was a nice and caring guy and his life was cut too short. I will miss not seeing him at the Irish Festival. Your all in my prayers, Michele Gaffney
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#40 Kristen Leikam 2021-05-05 23:30
Terry was such an amazing soul. I worked with him and Max for 8 years as Exit evolved into Bridgeview. The kindness Terry poured out was always a wonderful bright spot. He helped support me and my family when we suffered our own loss when our 18 year old son was lost to a reckless driver. I thank you for being a part of this wonderful spirit that was Terry and for sharing him with all who needed his generous and loving personality in their lives. He truly changed the world for the better.
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#39 The Mitchells 2021-05-05 09:59
The O'Brien family represents what is good and right about this community and with the tragic loss of OB it won't be the same. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the immediate family, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace Terry.
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#38 Amanda strock 2021-05-04 22:49
I’m so sorry for y’all’s loss.... I love y’all so very much:)❤️ God bless y’all ❤️
Sincerely yours,
Amanda strock
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#37 Terry Burgess 2021-05-04 21:01
Sending prayers to the family at this difficult time. I taught Terry at IHC. He was a great guy who obviously touched many people in his life. He will be missed by so many. May the love of family and friends give you strength.

Terry Burgess
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#36 Ed & Sharon Brown 2021-05-04 17:11
We are so very sorry for your loss. Terry was such a great guy and will be missed by so many people. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and in our hearts. Mere words cannot adequately express our true sorrow.
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#35 Carolyn Gaebel 2021-05-04 15:42
Paige, Gabrielle, and LeLan. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I worked with Terry at Exit More Real Estate and at de Bridgeview Real Estate Services. I have also worked alongside him at the Irish festival for years. He will be greatly missed! My prayers are with you all!
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#34 Lynise Lassiter 2021-05-04 10:59
My family and I are sorry for your loss.

I didn't know Terry. However, I worked with his sister Mary while I served as the IHC principal. I also partnered with his brother, Sergeant Dennis O'Brien, who lead active shooter drills at the school. I couldn't help but think about them and their families when I heard the news.

My family and I continue to pray for the O'Briens, others connected to them, and the entire community.
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