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#1 Dan Axelsson

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Posted 05 December 2004 - 18:59

Dear members,

In an attempt to find out if Mr. Robert P. O'Brien, of East Meadow, indeed was ”our” Robert O’Brien, the racing driver, I received this following obituary through the very kind help of the East Meadow Public Library.
With no racing career mentioned, I very much doubt that this gentleman was ”our” man.

Robert P. O'Brien, Attorney, at 75 [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Newsday. (Combined editions). Long Island, N.Y.: Jun 10, 1997. pg. A.65:

Robert P. O'Brien, of East Meadow, a Long Island attorney for four decades and founder and senior partner in the Jericho law firm of Robert P. O'Brien and Associates, died May 30 at North Shore University Hosptial at Glen Cove following a brief illness. He was 75.

A Bronx native, he graduated from Monroe High School, earned a bachelor's degree at Hunter College and began working as a law clerk with the Manhattan law firm of Bleakley Platt & Walker. After serving in World War II from December, 1942, to June, 1945, with the 20th Armored Division of the Third Army, he rejoined the firm and became its managing clerk.

In the early 1950s, Mr. O'Brien moved with his wife, and family to Syosset.

He was admitted to the New York State Bar in February, 1952, eight months before he graduated from New York Law School. He later became managing attorney with the same law firm, which by then was called Bleakley Platt Schmidt Hart & Fritz. He moved to the firm's newly opened Mineola office in 1957.

A decade later, he formed the law firm of Fritz Christ O'Brien & Farrell, and was later a partner in O'Brien Carrieri & Lynch before forming the Jericho firm. In his 45-year law career, Mr. O'Brien's practice handled corporate and civil matters, personal injury and real estate law.

"One measure of a man's life is the durability and depth of the impression he leaves," said Mr. O'Brien's law partner and son-in-law. "Another is the residue of gratitude. Walk around the courthouse and talk to these attorneys and clients who knew him and you will learn that by those standards, Robert O'Brien's legacy is indeed long. Mr. O'Brien regularly took time where he didn't have time. He helped his clients in ways he never really had to."

He is survived by two sons, five daughters, a brother, a sister, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild and his companion.

Burial was June 3 in St. Margaret's Cemetery, Plainview.



#2 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 05 December 2004 - 22:16

Thanks, Dan. I will amend WATN accordingly. At least it removes doubt about one RO'B. It looks like this case might be solved before long, looking at the latter part of the Dochnal thread.