Dr. Richard M. O'Brien

Date of Death: December 18, 2015
Massapequa Funeral Home, South Chapel
4980 Merrick Road
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
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Ronnie Smith left a message on December 28, 2015:
Today I have learned about the passing of Dr O'Brien. I was his patient for almost 2 years he was not only a wonderful educator but a phenomenal therapist. He was a very humble man as I would often give him accolades he would throw it right back at me he taught me so much about myself and I listened and learned from the greatest. He was professional in every capacity and in a very professional manner I say I loved you Dr O'Brien and I thank you for everything that you have done for me I will miss you forever! I always told you you could never retire well now you have I hope you are in a better place and when I get there you better be around to talk to me rest in peace my dear doctor
Ronnie Smith left a message on December 28, 2015:
I just learned today about the passing of Dr O'Brien this was a man who was an amazing educator and psychologist. I was fortunate enough to meet with him and remained a patient for almost 2 years. He was humble every time I gave him the accolades he threw it right back at me he always made me feel like a superstar understood my pain taught me how to deal with it and become a better person for it. In a very professional way I loved him respected him and always knew he had my back I will miss you forever I always made him promise me he would never retire well now he has and I will always remember him as one of the greatest people I have ever known rest in peace my dear Doc!!!
Lena Andersen left a message on December 20, 2015:
Dr. O'Brien was one of the few greats in the world. He was an inspirational teacher and an inspirational human-being. The world is a better place because of him. I will miss him greatly.
Sammy Richman left a message on December 19, 2015:
Rich was truly a "rebel" in the best way. The leader of the band may be gone, but his legacy will endure.
Douglas L. Egan,Ph.D. left a message on December 19, 2015:
Dr. O'Brien was on my dissertation committee in 1980. His suggestions caused me to do more work but resulted in a much better piece of research. He always brought out the best in his students.
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Robert Hynes left a message on December 19, 2015:
It was probably 35 degrees or so...and the "Strait Jackets" were well on our way to being "mercied"...again...and I was in my usual spot in left field. Rich, as our Coach and "Ace of the Staff," had allowed 3 or 4 consecutive singles...soft liners dropping behind the shortstop and well in front of the outfielders (we liked to play deep, as I recall...can't imagine why...). At some point, Coach had had enough, called time, and hollered, "Damn it, Skates, will you bring it shallow...If they beat us deep, it's on me." "You bet, Coach." I brought it in...a little...but Coach wanted more. "More! More! MORE!" OK, Coach. And you couldn't cheat back a half-step or so when some local behemoth came to the plate, because Coach would see that, and then you'd REALLY hear it (particularly if you got beat shallow). So I'm a good 10 or 15 yards behind the shortstop, and one of many giants we would find ourselves up against comes to the plate, and blasts one 50 or so yards over our heads, and several of us dutifully chased as fast as we could...with absolute futility.Coach just turned...and smiled...and said, "See...that one's on me."My coach, and my teacher, and my friend, was not to be intimidated. And he certainly wasn't content with losing small. You were going to have to prove it to him. He could ride you relentlessly, with a smile on his face, and you knew you were the better for the experience. He had high standards, and if you couldn't meet them at first, he'd help get you there. He could be competitive or compassionate, and always seem to know the right time for each. His demands on himself were certainly no less than his demands on the rest of us, and in my mind he will continue to be a man of grace, of heart, and of class.You played a great one there, Coach. But now, "I'm gonna have to sit you." Godspeed.
Tony DeFalco left a message on December 18, 2015:
I knew Richie for about 60 years. After our last high school reunion Richie, Ed Coakley and I met about every two months for lunch and had been doing for probably the last three years. We always enjoyed each others company and it was like we were never separated by the lifetimes we all lived through. We will truly miss him. We really just enjoyed each others company and extend our deepest sympathy to his loved ones.
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