Kevin O’Brien of Highland Falls, NY was born in Spring Valley, NY on March 27, 1963. He passed away on September 11, 2021 after a long and valiant battle with Huntington’s Disease, never giving in or even acknowledging it. No matter how great the challenge he continued to be positive. Until the very end, whenever he was asked how he was doing , his response was, “I’m doing great”.
Kevin truly loved sports and coaching. In Highland Falls he coached youth teams in basketball, softball, baseball and soccer. He also coached basketball at Storm King Prep. He was a huge fan of Army athletics, the Mets, Knicks, Rangers, Giants and St. John’s. Most of all Kevin loved Pearl River and his Pirates. He would regularly be seen on the fields and in the gym rooting for his Pirates and meeting friends. He was a long time and popular sports official, umpiring softball and refereeing basketball. He was an outstanding athlete and enjoyed playing well into adulthood. He loved sports, music, hiking, biking but most of all his children Angela and Joseph on whom the sun rose and set.
Although Kevin lived in Highland Falls, he truly never left Pearl River. He loved the town and never missed a weekend or and event, meeting his many friends, having a beer and listening to music at the Gentle Giant.
Kevin is predeceased by his mother, Norma Rossano. In addition to his children, he is survived by his father Tom, stepmother Sandy, brother Tom (Brenda), sisters Jean Talman and Christine O’Brien, Uncle Bill and Aunt Judy, Aunt Maria, his former wife and loving friend Ganeene, nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
The family takes solace from the wonderful support and kindness Kevin received from so many during his long battle. In particular, they are grateful to Bill Madden who is the epitome of a true friend and Kevin Houston and Mike Bade for their thoughtfulness and countess acts of support of Kevin and family. The family is also grateful to the staff at the Huntington’s Unit at The Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, Mt. Sinai Hospital and The Joe Raso Hospice Residence.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 AM Friday at St. Aedan R. C. Church, Pearl River. Visiting is Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Wyman-fisher Funeral Home Inc.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of the following charities, Huntington’s Disease Society, 505 Eighth Ave, Suite 902,NY, NY 10018; Team KJ. (Fight HD) PO Box 1222, Pearl River, NY 10965, or The Dan Sullivan Foundation, 12 Lombardi Road, Pearl River, NY 10965.
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