August 25, 1953 – April 17, 2014
Obituaries » MICHAEL E. O’BRIEN
O’BRIEN, MICHAEL EARL, 60, of Orange, died unexpectedly April 17, at Central Vermont Hospital. Born August 25, 1953, in Milford, Mass., he was the son of William Dennis and Irene (Wilde) O’Brien. He graduated in 1971 from Medway (Mass.) High School, where he played on the Varsity Baseball and Football teams, and in 1978 from Salem (Mass.) State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. On July 8, 1972, he married Sylvia Marie Smith in South Royalton. New England had always been their home, moving in 1990 to their present residence in Orange, where they had since resided. In 2005, their marriage was sealed in the Boston Temple. Michael was a Certified Public Accountant, having worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Boston, an accounting firm in Connecticut and later was chief financial officer for Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice in Berlin. In 1998, he began employment as an accountant with the Department of Human Resources of the State of Vermont, retiring in 2009 because of health. An avid Boston Red Sox baseball and New England Patriots football fan, he also enjoyed playing board games with his family and cribbage. His memberships included the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Barre Canadian Club, where he enjoyed his service on the Bingo Committee. Besides his wife, Sylvia, and his son, Jonathan and his wife, Melanie, all of Orange, he also leaves his daughter, Michelle Cummings and husband, Charlie, and two grandchildren, all of Arlington; his mother, Irene O’Brien of Medway, Mass.; his brother, David O’Brien of Northboro, Mass., and three sisters, Kathleen Hodson of Franklin, Mass., Barbara Jones of Walpole, Mass., and Patti Hawkins of Moosup, Conn.; as well as nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father and his nephew, Billy Jones.