Daniel Anthony O’Brien, Dan (age 76), Of Mt. Vernon, Virginia, passed away on March 8, 2019, after complications of lung cancer.
Dan was born on March 5, 1943, in Dorchester, MA, to Daniel A. and Evelyn Mulligan O’Brien. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara Freggens O’Brien; cherished father of Daniel Anthony III (Lori) of Cary, NC, Rory Patrick (Kelly) of Mt. Lebanon, PA.; adored grandfather of Colin Michael, Owen Patrick, Jack Cameron, and Quin Nolan. He is also survived by his brother, Edward J. O’Brien, (Fanny) of Norwell, MA. and Goddaughter, Jennifer Lane Levitt, and many cousins in the U.S. and Ireland.
Dan is a graduate of Boston College High School and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Boston College, making him a Double Eagle. He received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Michigan. Dan served on active duty as an Army Intelligence Officer assigned to Headquarters Staff, U.S. Army Pacific during the Vietnam era. He received the Army Commendation Medal for his service as an intelligence analyst at Fort Shafter.
He was a Presidential intern in Washington, D.C. and worked as Budget Director for IRS before transferring to the U.S. Treasury Department as Director of International Division, travelling to many U.S. embassies abroad. During his career, he received a temporary assignment to the staff of the Appropriations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. With his budget expertise background, Dan was a volunteer on many finance committees in the Mt. Vernon community. He served as Chairman of the Finance Committee at Good Shepherd Catholic Church for many years; the Mt. Vernon District Supervisor’s budget committee and was at one time President of the PTA at Washington Mill Elementary School in Fairfax County.
Dan was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He loved to watch his four grandsons play soccer, ice hockey, and baseball. In retirement he enjoyed planning cruises for himself and Barbara and especially loved their 50th Wedding Anniversary cruise with the entire family. His love of everything Irish was enormous, and his story telling famous. He proudly celebrated both his U. S. and Irish citizenship.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am on Monday, March 18, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria, VA. Family will receive friends at 10 am for visitation at the church. Interment will be in New Brunswick, N.J. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services or the American Institute for Cancer Research.