John P. O'Brien, charter boat captain

John P. O'Brien, a manufacturing supervisor who was also a licensed charter boat captain, died Sunday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at his home in Severna Park. He was 56.

The son of a licensed charter boat captain and a homemaker, John Patrick O'Brien was born in St. Louis and raised in Severna Park, where he graduated in 1976 from Severna Park High School. He attended the University of Maryland University College.

Since 1985, he had been a manufacturing supervisor at Northrop Grumman at its Linthicum facility. He also had a second vocation as a charter boat captain aboard the Semper Fidelis III out of Chesapeake Beach.

A strong athlete who was an avid Ravens and Orioles fan, Mr. O'Brien developed a passion for water sports, crabbing and fishing in his youth. He also enjoyed kayaking and vacationing at a second home in Ocean View, Del.

"John relished work, play and service," said his wife of 36 years, the former Suzanne Reese. "With no hesitation and abundant enthusiasm, he offered to help anyone in need."

He was a longtime active member of Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 110 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. O'Brien is survived by two sons, Mark Edward O'Brien of Annapolis and Sean Patrick O'Brien of Fenwick Island, Del.; two brothers, Jamie O'Brien of Annapolis and Christopher O'Brien of Columbia; two sisters, Julie O'Brien Scheide of Arnold and Meg O'Brien Barrett of Columbia; his father, Edward A. O'Brien of Chesapeake Beach; his mother, Anne O. Kennedy of Gold Hill, N.C.; and two granddaughters.

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