Francis “Frank” L. O’Brien of Canton passed away peacefully on his birthday March 29th surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Neponset, and although a proud resident of Canton for 36 years, he never stopped loving his Neponset roots. Son of the late Francis L. O’Brien and Mary Elizabeth (Walsh) O’Brien both of Neponset. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Maureen (Higgins) O’Brien formerly of Milton; loving Father of Dyanne Frances (O’Brien) O’Brien and husband Patrick of Chestnut Hill, Joanne Marie "Jody" (O’Brien) McEachern and husband Joseph of Dorchester, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" O’Brien of Dorchester, and Kristin Anne O’Brien and her partner Michael Cromp of Boston. Godfather to Lauren (Sheil) Ward and husband John of Pembroke and Ted Coffey and his partner Mary Alice Walsh of Holbrook. Loving Grandfather to Patrick Angelo, Patrick Joseph, Emily, Caroline, Amanda, Jake, Brenna, Paige, Lily, Brooke, Aidan, Martin, and Neil. Great Grandfather to Kehlani Alicia Cosme. Brother of the late Rosemary (O’Brien) Coffey of Braintree and her late husband William Coffey. Brother-in-law to Paul Higgins and wife Susan of Milton, Susan (Higgins) Hagerty and husband Jim of Norfolk, Patricia (Higgins) Cunningham and partner Dennis Murray of Milton, and Diane Higgins and partner Peter Relick of Milton. Former husband of Joan McIntyre of Braintree. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Frank attended St. Ann School, Neponset and Cathedral High School, Boston. He was a graduate of the Massachusetts Military Academy with a commission in the Massachusetts Army, National Guard. Frank spent his career behind the camera as a Sports Photographer for the Boston Globe for 43 years. He was a past member of St. Ann’s Band, the New Neponset Players, and the Line Club. He enjoyed retirement on the links as a member of Wampatuck Country Club in Canton and Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers, Florida.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Neponset, 243 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester on Monday April 3rd at 11:30 am. Family and Friends invited. Visiting hours at Alfred Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Avenue, East Milton Square, Sunday, April 2nd from 3-7PM. Burial Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HomeBase.Org which serves Veterans, Service Members, and their Families.