Philip E. O’Brien, Jr. Print E-mail

Philip E. O’Brien, Jr.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law;

Philip E. O’Brien, Jr. 81, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday February 1, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the loving husband for over 58 years of Brenda A. (Blazonis) O’Brien of Lowell, MA, who survives him.

Born in New York City, November 7, 1941, the son of the late Philip E. and the late Lillian T. (Tomasulo) O’Brien, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1959 where he was awarded the Carney Medal. Phil went on to attend Boston College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1963.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Phil proudly served his country as a Lieutenant with the U.S. Navy.

Prior to his retirement, Phil enjoyed a second career as an antique dealer operating Arbor Antiques in Lowell. Previously, he was well-known as a stockbroker in Greater Lowell for many years.

Active in his community, he was a past President of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Lowell Redevelopment Council, and Lowell Flicks Film club.

In addition, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also a Lowell Youth hockey coach and enjoyed antiquing, sports, historical artifacts, and traveling to 49 of the 50 states and all 10 Canadian Provinces.

Besides his wife, Philip is survived by a son David O’Brien and his wife Stephanie of Hanover, MA; a daughter Elizabeth (O’Brien) Feury and her husband Matthew of Lynnfield, MA; four grandchildren Harry and Griffin O’Brien and Ella and Anna Feury; three siblings Joanne (O’Brien) Reilly of Boston, MA, Kevin O’Brien of Lowell, MA, and Mary Elizabeth “DeeDee” O’Brien of Quincy, MA; a sister-in-law Hedy Colburn of Tyngsboro, MA; He is also survived by a niece and four nephews.

Relatives and friends will be received at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST.  in Lowell on Monday February 6, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. All other services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing to, may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (4)
  • Brenda and Frank McDermott
    We're so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. We haven't seen him for a while but always enjoyed our conversations when we would meet by chance. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
  • Debra Perry  - Condolence
    Dealing with loss is never easy. Please accept my deepest condolences.
  • David A Donahue  - Sending you my love and condolences
    I am so very sorry for your loss, my heartfelt condolences, prayers, and love to you all. I am grateful to this day for my memories of your dad, for car trips to NH, weekends skiing, for what I learned on those many trips. And I was happy to reconnect with him via facebook. Wishing you all grace and healing.
  • Lydia Talbot  - WIth Deepest Sympathy
    Sending deepest condolences to the O'Brien family. Lydia & Daisy Talbot
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