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Funeral services have been held for John J. O'Brien, 89, a lifelong Hoboken resident. He passed away at Carepoint Health-Hoboken University Medical Center on Oct. 14. John was a retired administrator for R.C.A. Univac and General Electric for many years retiring in 1992. John is best known for his dedication and loyalty as a patriotic American veteran. John spent his 17th birthday in Bharsa-Persian Gulf during World War II as an enlisted merchant marine from 1944-1947, sailing some 19 voyages in the North Atlantic. A member of the Hoboken Post Thomas Kennedy American Legion Post 107, he also was an active member of the Merchant Marines Veterans Association. John was inducted into the New Jersey Drum Corp. Hall of Fame, playing the fife since 1939. John marched diligently robustly wearing his American Revolution attire. John marched in St. Patrick day parades of which, two were in Dublin, and continued marching until 2016 totaling more than 250 parades. He was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Hoboken St. Patrick Day parade in 2004.

John was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 1992, two sisters Joan Stalegea and Jean Liguori. Surviving is his only daughter Maureen Radigan and her husband Edward, two loving sons James and his wife Mona, and Brian and his wife Maria. He was grandfather to Amanda and Jacqueline O'Brien. A great Joy in his life was his cherished friend Barbara Dabinett.

Services arranged by the Failla-McKnight Funeral Home, Hoboken.

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