Father John O’Brien SCA R.I.P.

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The late Father John O’Brien
Requiem Mass in Barking March 4, 2021

February 18, 2021

Good day, I write to inform you that our colleague Fr John O’Brien Parish Priest of Barking, London, has died peacefully at 5 this morning in hospital in London after a brief illness. John was born on 20th September 1955, made his First Consecration on September 12th 1975 and was ordained on June 9th 1979.I will  confirm the funeral arrangements when they are established. Please remember John in your prayer and Masses in these days. We also remember  John’s family, close friends and parishioners at this time. May he rest in peace and be rewarded for his many acts of kindness and goodness, seen and unseen, throughout his life.                                       

God Bless, Liam

(Father Liam McClarey SCA, Provincial)

Brandon Creek
Taken by Eamonn Monson on one of many trips to Dingle with John O’Brien and the quote was one of John’s favourites
from the Diocese of Brentwood website
Meditation in the Desert. John on retreat in the Moroccan Sahara February 2020


37 Replies to “Father John O’Brien SCA R.I.P.”

  1. Our condolences to Father John’s family and his Pallottine family. May he rest in peace.

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    Coral Lynn
    May his soul rest in peace
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    Sue Tokley
    So so sorry to hear this. I have so many happy memories of Fr John in Barking parish going back to the 1980s. May he Rest in Peace 🙏💕🙏💕🙏
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    Eileen O’Connell
    My sympathy to all the Pallottines and to Fr John’s family. May Fr John rest in the peace of Christ
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    Evelyn Monson
    My sincere condolences to Fr. Johns family, to his Pallottine family and his friends at this very sad time. May John rest in peace 🙏🙏
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    Cathy Desmond
    Condolences to our Pallottine community on the loss of your brother John. May he rest in peace.
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    Kathleen Leahy
    Deepest sympathy to fr John o Briens family and friends . May you rest in peace
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    Francis Okubasu Adams
    May he rest in peace. My condolences to the entire Pallottines family
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    Olivia Darvill
    So sad, condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Fr John ❤️
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    Ann Mulkerrins
    Rip condolences to all his family and friends
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    Mateo Cvjetkovic
    My Deepest Condolences
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    Terry Buckley
    May Fr John rest in peace
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    John Long
    rest in peace father john o brien sca.
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    Noreen Willis Ne Gibbons
    So sad.x
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    Anne Byrne
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    Agnes Vethanayagam
    Rest in peace Fr John O’Brien.
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    Sile NI Loclainn
    So sad .May Fr. John Rest In Peace 😢
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    Gertrude Brady
    May his gentle soul Rest In Peace
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    Caroline Heldt
    Rest in peace Fr John O’brien

  3. I have only just read the sad news that Father John died five days ago. He was a truely good man who made friends everywhere and I like to think that I was one of them. He will be sadly missed by a great many people. My prayers will join the many others that I am sure will be offered up for hllm, May he Rest In Peace.

    • It is with a very sad heart to hear the news about Dear Father John, he was a devout priest , a confidant, spiritual advisor and wonderful friend. Remembering the happy times for us and our family When he was parish priest in Amwell street and beyond. He will be very much missed by so many. We thank him for all he did for us. He left us too soon but may his sweet soul enjoy the rewards in heaven he so richly deserves. Our sympathy to all the Pallottine community and his loving family. God Bless much love Janet and Alan Sanders. Now in Torquay Devon .

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    John Wilson
    What a terrible shock to hear that Fr John has gone. We kept in touch from time to time when he moved to Barking and I shall miss him. He was a terrific friend when I was very ill a few years ago and would come to the house every week like clockwork to… See More
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    Marion Sheehan Little
    I’m so sorry to hear this Fr Eamon. Fr John was a much loved priest at this Parish,particularly noted for his warmth and sense of humour. My thoughts are with you and Fr Tom and John’s family.
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    Daniela Fletcher
    Father John was so loved by all. So sorry to hear this Father, love and prayers to you all x
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    Kristina Holland
    Rest in Peace Father John. A great loss in this world and treasure for the next. Father Eamonn, so glad you were with your soul brother as he transitioned to the next world x
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    Steve Powell
    That’s really sad news Fr Eamonn. Please pass our condolences to all. Rest in peace and God bless Fr John.
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    Katie Finch
    Very sad, Fr John will be missed, dear man. Our condolences to all his family, friends & to you Fr Eamon x
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    Michael O’Sullivan
    So sad, the loss of another good man.
    Take care father and God bless.
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    Anne Chapman
    I’m so sorry to hear of Father John he will be missed condolences to all his family and friends you and Fr Tom a sad time for you all God Blass you all 🕯.
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    Mary Donnelly
    Oh! no, so very sorry to hear this sad news of the passing of Fr John. How wonderful that you and Fr Tom were able to spend time with him. Sending condolences to his family and to the Pallottine family.
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    Sue Swaffer
    We are so sorry to hear this Fr Eamonn, our family have so many happy memories of Fr John whilst he was in the parish here in Hastings, we were also honoured to have him assist at our sons wedding. You, Fr Tom and Fr John’s family will be in our though… See More
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    Stíofán Emary
    May he rest in peace. A good and very holy man with a kind heart. He will be missed.
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    Joseph Cormican
    Rest in Peace Fr John. Thanks for a beautiful Mass for your brother in the Lord, Fr Eamon.
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    Marcela Ryan
    May he rest in Peace, love and prayers from us all. Xx
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    Mimi Scott
    Such a kind man. Gave wonderful support during my mother’s last hours. May he rest in peace.
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    Vanessa Fleitas
    Rest in Peace Father John – very sad news. Sending lots of love xxx
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    Margaret Murphy
    You were much loved, dear father john. We will miss you.
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    Teresa Scrase
    So sad a lovely funny man rest in peace love to all family and friends 💜 xx
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    Nikki C Rowley
    Oh no how sad I’m so sorry to hear this Rest in peace Fr John, sending my thoughts, love and prayers to you and his family and friends 😭 xx
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    Anne Grant
    May he rest in peace 🙏
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    Guy Arnold
    I remember watching father john being accosted after mass by a DFL family of negligable practise asking him about access to a catholic school in the area. He looked rather stonily at them and said “I look forward to seeing you at mass” …then turned … See More
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    Maria Smith
    So sorry to hear this Fr. Eamonn. Sending our condolences to all. Fr John was a lovely man. May he rest in peace. X
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    Martina Walsh
    May he rest in peace…. X
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    Hazel Ramsay
    So very sorry to hear the news Fr Eamonn of the passing of Fr John, a good and holy priest, sending condolences to his family & to you Fr Eamonn& Fr Tom , may he rest in peace.
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    Chelsey Dengate
    I’m very sorry to hear this Fr. Eamonn. Fr. John was a lovely man and I have very fond memories of him. Sending condolences to you all xx
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    Vanda Jones
    All our love from Vanda and Clive. God Bless Father John ❤️
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    Nicole Coleman Mackew
    Very sad news .. x
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    Linda Allen
    Rest in peace dear Father John a true friend to the Neeson family
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    Evelyn Monson
    May he rest in peace x
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    Mary Blake
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend Fr John!
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    Victoria Conheady
    Very sad news, Rest in Peace Father John.
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  5. Thankful you were not alone when the lord called your name. Rest in Peace Father John, it was an honour to have know you.

  6. Thankful you were not alone when the lord called your name. Rest In Peace Father John it was a honour to have known you. SS Peter & Paul Clerkenwell

  7. Rest in Peace Father John. You were a great friend to my brother Nick and sister-in-law Alrun in Hastings and will be sorely missed. Ar dheis De go raibh d’anam.

  8. Still reeling from the tragic news of Fr John’s death after such a short illness. Fr John was a wonderful Priest who really cared for those he came into contact with. Fr John’s two stints in Hastings touched the lives of many people and he never forgot those he had been in contact with from one term to the next. Fr John’s sense of humour enlivened the Liturgy and the joshing as we took our leave ensured a giggle to travel home on. God has certainly called home of his own. Fr John will always be remembered for his kindness and consideration he afforded our family. God has certainly called home one of his own. With much love from the Poole family of St Mary Star of the Sea.

  9. Still reeling from the sad news of Fr John’s death. He touched so many lives and was a wonderful priest who never forgot those he cared for. His two stints in Hastings left an indelible mark on all he ministered to as did his sense of humour. God has certainly called home one of his own. With much love from the Poole family of Star of the Sea.

  10. Dear Fr. John,
    Your sudden departure makes us truly sad. Both of us were born in 1955. Your life and ministry as a Pallottine priest with utmost cheerfulness and love for God’s people compel us to confess, even with sadness, that you have fought the good fight and won the imperishable trophy as a good and faithful son of St. Vincent Pallotti and a true disciple and pastor according to the heart of Jesus. You have still something more to do for us: please continue to pray for the world in this troubling time. And enjoy the sun in the presence of the Son of God! On behalf of the Society and entire Pallottine Family too, THANK YOU and PRAY FOR US.

  11. United in prayer at this time – You will be missed Fr John – so welcoming and truly God’s minister – rest in peace knowing you have done great things in the simplest and most loving ways – the Lord will hold you close.
    Holy Union Sisters – Anne, Marion and Julie

  12. I am shocked to hear that Fr John has passed away, may He Rest In Peace. A lovely kind man and a great friend to me. I am going to miss him . Sincere condolences to all his family in Fermoy.
    From Bridie

  13. Fr. John. May you rest in peace. A wonderful priest. A very talented man who used the gifts that God gave him to serve people. Great shall your reward be. You have left us all too soon.
    Fr. Tom Fogarty – former classmate. Ordained with John on June 9th 1979.

  14. Father John, you will be dearly missed. My whole family are really sad. You’ve been so good and kind to us. We thank you for all the lovely memories. We will always remember you. Our sincere condolences to your family. May your soul rest in peace… 🙏🏻

  15. Bless you Father . A good Priest and Man. Always there to lend an ear . Condolences to his Family and Friends.
    He will be missed by everyone.

  16. Fr John, thanks for every opportunity you gave me and family. You welcomed my family with an opened arms and made us felt at home without any dought when we first join the church. I pray and ask of Almighty God peace upon your beautiful soul, may you rest in peace in the arms of God. Our deepest sympathy to your family and friends.

  17. Still cannot come to terms with it! May your soul Rest in perfect peace and yes be rewarded for the many acts of kindness you shown to us. You will surely be missed Fr John. 😭

  18. Fr John, you made me and my family felt at home in your arms when we first joined the church, so I pray and ask of our heavenly father Almighty God to welcome and make you feel at peace with him. You will be dearly miss our deepest sympathy to your family and friends.

  19. John will be sadly missed by all his friends and family.
    Rest in peace.

  20. Dear Father John,
    We pray that you will be surrounded by God’s love. May your soul rest in peace. A wonderful person, priest and friend. God bless you.

    • R.I.P Fr John. We have many happy memories of his time spent in St Thomas More Church. Barking. Condolences to his family and the wider Pallottine community especially Fr Paul. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Teresa and Hugh Shields and family

  21. A much loved man from his time in Hastings and at Sacred Heart School. A lovely man. God welcome you to your just rewards for a lifetime of love and devotion.

  22. God Bless you Father John. Your gentle kindness and wisdom provided guidance with compassion. You will always be remembered, may you rest in peace. 🙏

  23. Prayers and blessings for Father John, parish priest at Saint Peter and St Paul Clerkenwell, when I was appointed as Headteacher in 1992. He made the real difference in his support ,for mission , the catholic identity and chaplaincy at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Catholic primary school at that time.Thank you so much . Daniel Keane, Headteacher 1992-2014.

  24. On behalf of the Parish Council and all the parishioners of St Thomas More parish Barking, we lift up our voices in shared prayers of condolence and thanksgiving for the leadership and friendship Fr John so freely gave to us all.
    We are shocked at the speed of Fr. John’s passing but knowing he passed peacefully is of some solace to us.
    We pray for Fr. John, his family and friends, for Fr. Paul Makita who shared the ministry of our parish, and for the wider Irish Pallottine community across the world.
    Solas Mhic De ar a n-anam.

  25. I am so sorry to hear this news. Fr John was a true and loyal friend and spiritual guide for over 37 years. he will be sorely missed in the Pallottine Family.
    May he rest in peace and rise in glory

  26. Fr. John was a loyal friend and spiritual guide for over 37 years, I will miss his great wisdom and insight in the spiritual life. May he rest in peace and rise in glory Sr Veronica I(Margaret) Brennan.

  27. Rest in peace father John, we have great memories with you in our parish! you will be dearly missed.

  28. It’s in moments like this that words fall short. Father John, you were a gentle soul who will be remembered fondly by my whole family and everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.

    Your Sunday homilies were always so beautiful and your presence will be missed more than words can convey. 

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May he rest in peace.

  29. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  30. May your soul rest in peace. I have memories of when I last met you and you mentioned few pains in your body. Least did l know this was going to take you away😭😭from us.

  31. You will be missed Father’s john, have a safe journey to our Father & good night FatherJohn.


    May the soul of Fr John O’Brien, parish Priest of Barking, London and all the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace Amen .

    Fr John lived a good life worthy of emulation and was ever-ready to propagate the Catholic faith, his love for the Catholic school was enormous.
    On behalf of the federation of St. Joseph’s and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary school Dagenham, as school Governor, I send my condolences to the entire family and friends of Fr John , my prayers and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time and may the good lord comfort his entire family and everyone at this difficult time.

    • May the soul of Fr John O’Brien and all the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace Amen .
      My children are mass servers at st Thomasmore Catholic Church longbridge road where Fr John is the Parish priest and he also officiated their first holy communion. He always stood at the church entrance after mass to greet parishioners but little did I know I I’ll not be seeing him again😭😭. I and my family are deeply saddened to hear of his demise but take solace that he is in a better place with God. Heaven has gained an Angel.
      My sincere condolences to his family and friends. May God Almighty console you all.

  33. A great human being and priest. You will be sorely missed Father John! Rest in peace.

  34. Oh what a shock my dearest friend may he rest in peace