January 29 2020

Obituaries: Mother and Son Muriel and Kevin O’Brien, Both Lovers of Life and Music, Will be Laid to Rest Together

By: Rich Hosford

The mother and son who both died as a result of the January 9 house fire on Maryvale Road will be laid to rest together. 

Sullivan Funeral Home will host the wakes of Kevin and Muriel O’Brien on Friday, Jan. 31 from 3 to 7 p.m.  Their funerals will begin from the Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. This will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Malachy Church at 10 a.m. and burial to follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery. 

Both mother and son had passions for life, family and music. According to her obituary, Muriel, known as “Miss Personality” on her business card, was musically trained at Phil Saltmaris School of Music and sang with many bands and orchestras. She recorded with the Boston Pops and did radio and television as well as performing as an extra in many films from the “Cardinal to Spencer for Hire.” 

In 1971 Muriel was asked to tour with the USO visiting military bases in Alaska, Philippines, Vietnam and Korea among other places. 

“Muriel was so proud to serve her country by using her singing talents,” her obituary reads. “She received many commendations and certificates of appreciation from branches of service.”

Kevin, a 1976 graduate of Burlington High School, also had a lifelong passion and love for all this musical. During the 1980’s he was a member of a band called “The Agents” with a number of friends from Burlington. He played the keyboard and was the lead singer.   

“Kevin was always thinking of songs, writing lyrics or composing and collaborating with his band mates,” his obituary reads. “Some of his music even made it onto vinyl at a Watertown Studio. In 2000 he joined another group of friends in a band called ‘213 Cambridge St.’”   

Kevin worked in Radio and then as a Disc Jockey and Cruise Director on several cruise lines.  

“These positions fueled his love of traveling, studying maps and reading about different countries,” his obituary states. “He also hosted a show on WRKO Radio.”

Here are the obituaries for Muriel and Kevin O’Brien from Sullivan Funeral Home: 

Muriel O’Brien 

Muriel E. (White) O’Brien, passed away at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center on Sunday morning, January 26, 2020.  Muriel was the beloved wife of the late John J. O’Brien and she was 90 years old.   

Muriel was born and raised in Watertown. She was a graduate of Watertown High School and Fisher Junior College. Muriel was raised by her grandmother Sophia White. Being an only child, Muriel and her grandmother had a very close and special relationship.   

Muriel was larger than life, her business card said “Miss Personality.” She grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and was dancing and singing from a young age. Muriel has been a professional singer and entertainer her entire life.  She recorded two records with Universal Sheraton Records in their Boston studio. Muriel was musically trained at Phil Saltmaris School of Music and sang with many bands, orchestras, recorded with the Boston Pops and did radio and television.  She performed as an extra in many films from the “Cardinal to Spencer for Hire”!    

 In 1971 Muriel was asked to tour with the USO visiting military bases in Alaska, Philippines, Vietnam and Korea just to name a few, Muriel was so proud to serve her county by using her singing talents.  She received many commendations and certificates of appreciation from branches of service.  

She started her first cruise ship tour at the age of 23. That jump started a long career in entertainment on multiple cruise lines. Muriel’s cruise ship travels gave her the opportunity to travel the world visiting such destinations as the Arctic Circle, Europe as well as the China Seas. She was able to bring her children along to many of these exciting destinations!

 Even after retirement Muriel continued to use her talent helping the community. Volunteering for the Burlington council on aging for 20 years and entertaining at several nursing homes. Muriel was recognized by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in April of 2014 for her 20 years of commitment to the council on aging. 

 

Muriel was a devoted wife and mother to her late husband John O’Brien and son Kevin O’Brien. She is survived by her daughters Erin Mellen & her husband Dave Mellen of Litchfield NH and Tami Scott & her husband Barry of Marco Island Florida She was the proud grandmother of Shannon Taschereau & her husband Dan of Manchester NH and granddaughter Casey Mellen of Litchfield NH. Muriel is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

 

 Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington (Exit 34 off Rt. 128/95) on Friday, Jan. 31 from 3-7 p.m.  Funeral from the Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Malachy Church, 99 Bedford St., Burlington at 10 a.m.  Burial to follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers memorial’s in Muriel’s name may be made to Lahey Hospice & Medical Center C/O Philanthropy, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805  www.laheyhealth.org   

 

Kevin O’Brien 

Kevin John O’Brien, a talented Musician and Painter, passed away on January 9, 2020. He was 61 years old. Kevin was born, raised and educated in Burlington. He was a 1976 graduate of Burlington High School. He also attended Emerson College where he majored in Music.  

Kevin had a passion for music and loved all things music. During the 1980’s he was a member of a band called “The Agents” with a number of friends from Burlington. He played the keyboard and was the lead singer. Kevin was always thinking of songs, writing lyrics or composing and collaborating with his band mates.  Some of his music even made it onto vinyl at a Watertown Studio. In 2000 he joined another group of friends in a band called “213 Cambridge St.”   

Kevin worked in Radio and then as a Disc Jockey and Cruise Director on several cruise lines. These positions fueled his love of traveling, studying maps and reading about different countries. He also hosted a show on WRKO Radio.   

Kevin was an avid James Bond and Sherlock Holmes fan, had every film, book and memorabilia. There was no trivia question he didn’t know when it came to Bond and Holmes!   Kevin was also a Boston sports fan and followed the Red Sox and the Patriots.

In recent years Kevin operated his own house painting business. He was meticulous in his job and his work spoke for itself. Kevin never had to advertise and had many clients! He also had many painting projects in the town of Burlington. Being a painter was the perfect job for Kevin. He could set his own hours and still have time for his music in the evenings.  

Kevin was a devoted son to the late Muriel & John O’Brien. He is survived by his sisters Erin Mellen & her husband Dave of Litchfield NH. Tami Scott & her husband Barry Scott of Marco Island, FL. Beloved uncle of Shannon Taschereau & her husband Dan of Manchester NH and niece Casey Mellen of Litchfield NH.  

 Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington (Exit 34 off Rt. 128/95) on Friday, Jan. 31 from 3-7 p.m.  Funeral from the Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Malachy Church, 99 Bedford St., Burlington at 10 a.m.  Burial to follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers a memorial in Kevin’s name may be made to Lahey Hospice & Medical Center C/O Philanthropy, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805  www.laheyhealth.org

 

 

 
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