In Loving Memory Of Micheal Obrien(My Dad)

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Michael Obrien was born 25/11/1940 in Dungarvan, Waterford, Ireland. He passed away 17/03/2019 at home in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, England

As I did not get to see him before he past away I thought I would do this in his memory where I have added how people have remembered him

My dad was the best and a loving and caring person inside and out.

He always put his family before himself and enjoyed life to the full with his wife, 5 children, 11 grandchildren and a great grandson

When he met my mum in the 1970's she was also a mother of 2 boys which he took on as his own


People and posts from those who knew him in Ireland and England


  • R.I.P Michael, last time I remember seeing Michael was when I worked as a youngster at Gusty Kiely's Ballinacourty. We were making sprouting boxes for potatoes in the shed there. I can tell you we had some fun. Ever the joker, Michael was a very well known character in Ballinacourty and was up to lots of things. he was known as 'Peaceful' Though I think that he never used the nickname when he went away.


  • Growing up I vaguely remember Michael coming back to visit Ballinclamper. I have a vague recollection of him picking spuds with us for a day on such a trip. He called to our house one evening a few years back looking for some old photos. I only had a few photos of interest but we had a great chat reminiscing about Ballinacourty and picking spuds. He loved talking about the big machinery he worked on. He was a lovely character. May he rest in peace.


  • There are no words adequate to describe my brother Michael. We didn’t have much when we were young and living in Ballinacourty but we had each other and lots of fun. We spent our summers picking spuds for our wonderful neighbours during the day and fishing for mackerel in the evening. Michael was loving kind and thoughtful. He’d give you the shirt off his back. RIP MY BEAUTIFUL BROTHER 💔💔


  • He said when Michael was working at Morrissey's picking spuds when he was young he had a great appetite. He went out to work on a farm in Old Parish and Mrs Morrissey gave him a note for the woman of the house there asking that she look after him and feed him well.

He also remembers Michael as a good singer when he was young. Told me he remembered him singing Fraulein

Remembering Michael

The service was as follows:

Service at St Mary's, Sunbury-on-Thames

Opening Organ Music

In the name of the father, and of the son and of the Holy Spirit


Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord

And let perpetual light shine upon him

We have come here today to remember before God our brother, michael. To give him thanks for his life: to commend him to God, our merciful redeemer and judge, to commit his body to be buried and to comfort one another in our grief

The Collect

merciful father, hear our prayers and comfort us; Renew our trust in your son, whom you raised from the dead; Strenghten our faith that all who have died in the love of Christ will share in his resurrection; Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever


Hymn, Give Me Oil In My Lamp

A Reading

from John Chapter 4: verses 1-7 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house there are many dwelling rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going. Thomas said to him "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. If you know me, you will know my father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him

Homily by Father Andrew

Family Tribute

read by Vera and Michael

Speech from his youngest sister in service

  • May you have food and reminent.
  • A soft pillow for your head.
  • And may you be 40 years in Heaven.
  • Before the Devil knows you’re dead.

Music For Reflection, Allegro from Four Seasons by Nigel Kennedy


Father Andrew; Let us Pray, Lord, hear us then our father who art in heaven

Hymn, Jerusalem

Commendation And Final Blessing

Closing Organ Music

  • A short service of committal will take place after the service, at Sunbury Cemetery. Everyone is welcome to attend the cemetery otherwise please do adjourn to The Conservative Club, Green Street, Sunbury-On-Thames. TW16 6RA for refreshments straight after the service and the family will join you as soon as possible


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