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88 East Main St.
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-3338
Fax: (203) 686-1676
Thomas O'Brien

Thomas F. O'Brien

Sunday, August 16th, 1942 - Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
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Thomas F. O’Brien, 77, husband of Betty (Blume) O’Brien, died Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a battle with Lewy body dementia. Born in Meriden on August 16, 1942, he was the son of the late William and Elena (Cattaruzza) O’Brien.

Formerly of Meriden, Tom had resided in Old Saybrook for the past 13 years. He graduated from Maloney High School, Class of 1960, and from Quinnipiac College, Class of 1964. He had a long career as an investment advisor and Certified Financial Planner with various brokerage firms in Connecticut. Tom was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the Army National Guard. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Old Saybrook, a past member of the Meriden Elks Club, and a current member of the Westbrook Elks Club.

“Tommy O” was an athlete and coach for many years. He was on the Meriden Boys Club state championship basketball team as a teen. He played baseball at Maloney, and later played softball in Meriden with Del Favero Builders. He coached Meriden Junior Football and Jack Barry Little League and enjoyed watching all of his children and grandchildren play sports as well.

Besides his wife of 51 years, he is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Novicelli and husband Ed of Cheshire and Lori Barton and husband Tom of Meriden; a son, Graig Thomas O’Brien of Tampa, FL; six grandchildren, Max and Thor Novicelli, Will and Allie Barton, and Lovella “Lovie” and Graison O’Brien. He is also survived by a brother, Paul O’Brien and his wife Debbie, his best friend and brother-in-law, Skip Cammarata, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Cammarata.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 1 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd, Old Saybrook, CT. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, September 21st at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St, Meriden, from 2 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, 15 Lincoln St., Meriden, CT, 06451 ( For online condolences please visit
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
    88 East Main Street
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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  • Service

    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
    56 Great Hammock Rd
    OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475
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Juan Carlos Cardet

Posted at 06:18am
Graig, my condolences to you and your family. May you find peace and consolation in these times.
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Linda Rinaldini-Head

Posted at 10:29pm
Many happy memories of playing Set Back at the O'Brien home. Cards united our families in more ways than one.

Linda Rinaldini-Head

Posted at 10:26pm
I also clearly remember how much fun he was at our 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day picnics in the back yard on Wilbur Avenue. I also remember the time he broke his nose in the Bartholomew pool. We have so many wonderful fun memories.

Linda Rinaldini-Head

Posted at 10:25pm
I remember clearly a story my Mom, Nini, told me over and over again. She got the name of Nini, by Tommy as a child, because he couldn't pronounceTonena, and so he named her, "Nini". It stuck and all her nieces and nephews called her that name from then on. But Nini, who cared a lot for Tommy a lot when he was little, had misplaced, she thought, her car keys. No one could find them. Yet slowly, Nini kept saying to Tommy (a 2 year old or so at the time)..."Tommy, did you see the car keys? Did you play with the car keys?"...he soon figured out and understood what she was trying to convey and slowly he took her hand and walked her to where he had hidden the keys. He was such a good boy...that's all my Mom used to say of Tommy when he was young. But as we all knew him throughout his life...that goodness carried through all of his relationships, with friends, family, clients and acquaintances. He will be missed by so very many people.

Linda Rinaldini-Head

Posted at 10:19pm
I must have been 8 or 9 years old when Tommy my oldest cousin was 18 or 19 and he had just purchased a convertible. He personally sought me out to take me for a ride with the top down on a beautiful summer night. I was in heaven, that my big cousin, who I looked up to would so generously treat me to a fantastic drive in Meriden...we went to Greenbacker's for ice cream.

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