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Mr.  William P. O’Brien III
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to The O’Brien Children’s Fund c/o Rochelle Ketchmore would be appreciated.
  • The O’Brien Children’s Fund
    1407 Old York Road
    Abington, PA 19001

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“I Miss you so much. I miss the jokes about when you were a kid and your laughing and I wish you would come back so much. People talk about your death...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Zoe Brady

“Mr. O'Brian was an amazing teacher. I learnred so much from him. I think about him every day. I miss him. :( ”
2 of 33 | Posted by: TJ Dougherty - abington pa, PA

“I hear your laughter still. ”
3 of 33 | Posted by: Leigh Duncan - Oreland, PA

“The entire family is in my prayers. I hadn't seem him in years but have always had fond memories of him and Barry when we were growing up. ”
4 of 33 | Posted by: Trish Casey - Langhorne, PA

“I love you and miss you Billy. ”
5 of 33 | Posted by: Kelly O'Brien - Philadelphia, PA

Holy Thursday,4/1/2010 Concert for Easter, Our  LORD, by Carol and Bob! “To the O'Brien Family and friends, My heart and soul sympathizes with you. I can see that William was a very special man, teacher, loved by so many!...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Carolyn L. Geisler-David - NJ

“I met Bill in 1984, and was friends with him until after his time in the military. Once he decided to go to college and get married we lost track of...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Joseph Guld - Philadelphia, PA

“Bill and I worked together for three years at Roslyn School. Bill taught third, fifth and sixth grade and I was the principal during this time. ...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Kevin F. Osborne - Abington, PA

“Mr. O'Brien was the best teacher ever and he made me love school. He had a great sense of humor and always made me laugh. I will miss him so much. ”
9 of 33 | Posted by: Noah Welsch

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland To the O'Brien Family - May God bless...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: The Collins Family

“That smile!! That good natured hello....From when he first met Therese, "Aunt Roe, I met the coolest girl..." who Bill went on to marry and have 5...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Roe Hartman - Media, PA

“It's still hard to imagine that you are no longer with us. You taught Alyssa in 2nd grade and then again in 6th grade at Roslyn School. She has...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Deanna Herman

“We were lucky enough to have Mr. O'Brien as a teacher for my older daughter in third grade at Roslyn four years ago. We have often turned to him as...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Rath Family - Jenkintown, PA

“I was more than sad to hear the news about mr o'brien I looked forward to seeing him daily as he crossed the playground to eat lunch in his car .He...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Lynne Lowenstein - Abington, PA

“We have so very many wonderful memories. Cathy and Bill we have shared so many great times together with you and your family. We raised our families...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Frank and Judy Bayer - Danville,, PA

“Bill will be remembered so fondly by everyone he came in contact with. His presence and smile always lit up the room and that laugh-wow-truly...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Cindy Brett - co-worker

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the O'Brien family. Mr. O will be truely missed, he was a great teacher for my oldest daughter, she enjoyed having...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Merry Geibel and family - Roslyn

“My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Bill was a man with an infectious, booming laugh and a...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Caryn Gemzik - Willow Grove, PA

“Hi, I knew a Bill O'Brien who worked at Reedman Auto center in the late 1980's--I am pretty sure this is him. If I recall, he was from Philadelphia,...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Steve McMahon - Fairless Hills, PA

“I am fortunate enough to be able to say I worked not only with Bill but also that I teach two of his children as well. He was so extremely proud...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Ellen Strange - Abington, PA

“Dear Aunt Cathy, Uncle Bill, Therese, Barry, Kelly, Billy, Olivia, Morgan, Joseph, Kevin and Katie, Billy, as he will always be to me and my sister,...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Ginny Bayer Haney - Danville, PA

“Our deepest sympathy go out to Mr. O'Brien's children and family..Our hope is that you find comfort in the great memories people share. My daughter...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Reedel Family - Roslyn, PA

“My memory of Bill will always be his laugh. He had a wicked sense of humor and I will miss his laughter. ”
23 of 33 | Posted by: Nadine Kirkpatrick - Jenkintown, PA

“Our deepest sympathy to the O'Brien family. We pray they find some comfort in the memories being shared. Our two sons had the privilege of having...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: The Close Family

“You are forever in our thoughts and prayers! your family is one of the nicest and caring family we have the privilege of knowing! Deepest sympathy...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: The Woodling Family - Freind

“My thoughts and prayers are with the children and family of Mr. O'Brien. You were a ray of sunshine at Roslyn School. My children were not fortunate...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Jennifer McKay Roslyn,Pa

“My sympaths to Mr. O'Briens family. I do remember how much you meant to him. He was my daughters teacher in Copper Beech 5 years ago. He was a...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Barbara Hughes - Ardsley, PA

“Mrs. O'Brien: Our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to you, your children and the family. We keep you all close in prayer not just today...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Angel L. Pinto, Jr. & Daughters (Nina and Angelina)

“This was a man who loved his family and took time to make an impression on our kids that will last them a life time. He never taught my daughter but...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: slp

“To the O'Brien Family our thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family. He will be sorely missed but FONDLY remebbered. He was an awesome teacher....Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: The Wiggins Family - roslyn, PA

“I worked with Bill at Roslyn Elementary School for several years. He was such a warm and compassionate teacher, who gave all to his students and was...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Tobey Grand - Colleague

“I just needed to post what a true teacher Bill was to my son. He relayed to T the joy that reading could be. Three years later Mr "O" remain T's...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Mark Penecale - Roslyn, PA

“Our deepest sympathies to the O'Brien family. We had the honor an pleasure of know Mr. O for many years. My son had the opportunity to have him as...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Louisa

William P. III of Jenkintown, age 43, suddenly on March 8, 2011. Beloved husband of Thérèse (nee Toland). Loving father of Billy, Olivia, Morgan, Joseph and Kevin. Beloved son of William P. Jr. and Catharine (nee Lusa) O’Brien. Loving brother of Michael Barry O’Brien and Kelly O’Brien. Beloved son-in-law of Dr. Joseph C. and Helen T. Toland. Dear uncle of Katie. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to share in Bill’s Life Celebration Monday starting 9:00 AM followed by his funeral mass 11:00 AM at the church of St. Hilary of Poitiers, 820 Susquehanna Rd., Rydal Pa. 19046. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to The O’Brien Children’s Fund PNC Bank c/o Rochelle Ketchmore 1407 Old York Road Abington, PA 19001 would be appreciated. Family service by Dean/Geitner/Givnish of Fox Chase to share your fondest memories of Bill go to