Greece: Thursday, December 24, 2009. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Patricia O'Brien; his children, Ann (Bill) Easton, John (Kathy) O'Brien, William O'Bien (Sheri Prior), Timothy (Sue) O'Brien, Daniel (Beth) O'Brien, David (Jeanne) O'Brien; 20 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; many dear friends. William enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed reading and writing. William was a columnist, reporter and editor for the Democrat and Chronicle for 30 years. Friends may call Monday 3-7PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His funeral mas will be celebrated Tuesday 10:00AM at St. Lawrence Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Joseph's House of Hospitality, 402 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14620 in his memory.

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  1. Aunt Pat
    I have so many good memories from years and decades past. He was such a fine person..
    Bill leaves us a great legacy through you and all his offspring. Wow! What a terrific family..
    Love you so.

  2. Dear John and the O’Brien family,
    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,
    Michelle Gabel

  3. Dear O’Brien family,
    I know that your Dad has been ill a long time, but still losing him must hurt. Both your Dad & your Mom have been great with my parents and my family. I’ve always considered myself lucky to be a family friend with all of you (even Billy).
    My Dad & I will see you at your father’s mass on Tuesday morning. God bless all of the O’B clan.
    Mike Mooney

  4. Dear O’Brien Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad, husband, uncle,and grandfather. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Colleen Harding
    and the Atkinson family
    Bay Village Ohio

  5. Dear Pat and family,
    It’s been a long while since we’ve been in each other’s company, but, one does not forget such a fine family. It’s with prayers and a heavy heart that I acknowledge Bill’s death. May our Lord’s gentle peace be yours as you mourn.

    With fond memories
    Judy O’Neill Flamini

  6. Dr. T. O’Brien,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences for you and your family. I understand how difficult this time can be and will keep you in my prayers.

  7. I worked with Bill at the D&C from 1975 to 1979, when I was a photographer there. He was such a kind and nice person, who loved the news and photography’s role. Bill was such a classic newspaperman.

    Even thought I have left the newspaper business and now work in Emergency Medicine, I will always remember Bill for his kindness, guidance and wit.

    James Sheehan
    Physician Assistant
    Carolinas Medical Center
    Charlotte, North Carolina

  8. John and family,

    I was sorry to hear about your father. Please take comfort in the closeness of family at this trying time. My thoughts are with you.

  9. My sincere condolences to the entire O’Brien family. I remember with fondness the stories shared during school and swimming.

  10. Our sincere sympathies go to the O’Brien family. Mr. O’Brien always made an impression on me through his many writings in the D&C…especially the ones about Ann.
    Jeanne Crowther and family

  11. Reflections of numerous short tales of Willams strong and delightful charecter from Tim at work here in Cleveland, our thoughts are with you
    Paul Hergenroeder and Derick Shapiro

  12. Uncle Bill was tolerant of and very kind to me when I was a college girl. I will always be grateful to him for his support. He was a quiet man with a great sense of humor.

    The whole O’Brien family did a terrific job taking care of him – he was well loved and I’m sure he’ll be missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Beth Vandercar, Fred Erlich, Maggie, Jacob and Seth

  13. We will never forget the times we spent with the O’Briens at their home. It is some of the fondest memories of our childhood. Thank you, Uncle Bill for welcoming us into your home. You will always be remembered. Uncle Bill was wonderful and we will miss him.

    Susan and Brian Close

  14. When I was a new reporter at the D&C, Bill was the crusty City Editor who encouraged me with his no-nonsense instructions. He was a most talented writer and a strong influence on many journalists. I’m sorry to hear of his passing, and I offer my condolences to all his family.

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