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1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Darren D. O’Brien

09/08/1976 — 12/26/2020

A black and white portrait photo of Darren D. OBrien smiling

Darren D. O’Brien, age 44 of Kirtland, peacefully passed away on December 26th, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born September 8th, 1976 in Cleveland.

He was employed at U.S. Endoscopy in Mentor.

Darren was a 1995 graduate of Kirtland High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Phoenix. Darren was selfless, thoughtful, helpful and loyal to all of his family and friends. A loving father and husband that was known for his dry sense of humor and positive spirit. He was a tenacious fighter showing amazing resilience and strength through his five year battle with cancer which was motivated by his love and devotion to Lisa and Olivia.

He will be missed by his wife of 16 years, Lisa O’Brien (nee Linc); cherished father of Olivia; dearest son of Marilyn and Doug O’Brien; devoted brother of Corri (Rick) Maxwell; son in law of Connie and the late Bob Linc; brother-in-law of Heather (Jacque) Zahn and Bob (Missy) Linc; adored by many nieces and one nephew .

The O’Brien family will receive friends from 10:30 AM -12:00 Noon Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 at Divine Word Catholic Church, 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland. A Funeral Mass will follow at Noon at the church and will be livestreamed and available at www.divinewordkirtland.org (Scroll down the page for video section). Please wear a mask covering and practice social distancing.

A private burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Twp.

The family is requesting no flowers.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Services.

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20 Replies to “Darren D. O’Brien”

  1. Susan Hunter and family December 29, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    We were very saddend to learn of Darrens passing,We enjoyed spending time with him,when he was growing up.We are better people for knowing him.you are in out thoughts.


  2. As a Father I can not imagine this loss. My heart goes out to Doug, Marilyn, and Corri and of course Darren’s Family. God bless. Darren and I shared some awesome times. He had an opinion and no one could change his
    Mind. It has been too long since we have talked but I will for sure miss him! We will all miss him!


  3. I am so sorry to hear this terribly sad news. I am at a loss for words. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.


  4. Darlene and John Swickheimer December 30, 2020 at 12:16 am

    Oh Marilyn and Doug …. So truly sorry about the terrible news …. so deeply saddened …. Love you guys …..


  5. I’m so terribly sorry to hear this. I will be praying for all of you.


  6. To the entire Family,
    I never met Darren, but I have witnessed his sister’s undying love for him and her devotion to his well being. My heart breaks for your whole family and I will keep you all in my prayers. I am deeply sorry for your loss.


  7. Bruce and Alison Dyke December 30, 2020 at 2:18 am

    So sorry for your loss Lisa and Olivia you are in our thoughts and prayers tons of hugs and lots of love, Bruce and Alison ❤


  8. I’m sad to hear that Darren passed away and my heart goes out to you and your family! I’m keeping you in my daily prayers love Paul!


  9. He was the neighbor everyone dreamt of having. A great man who was there through many things with me, including my daughters birth and teenage years. Love and missed my friend. Condolences to all family.


  10. Doug and Marilyn and Family, I am So Sorry For Your Loss. RIP


  11. Joan and Bill Thorne December 30, 2020 at 4:50 am

    Bill and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Darren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Connie and your daughter Lisa and family.


  12. Wendy Bailey (Sentinel) December 30, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Darren. I met him at SourceOne Healthcare and he was a very kind person. He talked highly of his parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  13. Eileen and Jerry Vinciquerra December 30, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Dear Lisa, Carrie,Mr.&Mrs. O’Brien, and Olivia, I was very saddened to read about Darren’s fight with cancer. I remember him in fifth grade as being a very caring and fun-loving young man. I grieve with all of you at the loss of someone so special. My only regret is that my husband and I can’t sing at the funeral due to the pandemic. Our voices will be there in spirit and our prayers will be with you.


  14. We hope the pain of losing Darren will be replaced quickly with wonderful memories that will get you all through this difficult time.

    The Bottini family


  15. We are so sorry and deeply saddened to hear of Darren’s passing. There are just no words when someone so young is lost. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers and we send our love and deepest sympathy.


  16. Jennifer Grandini December 31, 2020 at 1:48 am

    I send my condolences to Lisa, Olivia, and the entire family. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Continue to cherish all the beautiful memories. My thought and prayers are with your family. Sending many hugs to sweet Olivia.


  17. Thank you so much for sharing with us the beautiful video of Darren with his friends and family. We are so sorry for your loss and hope you take comfort in the love of each other. We are so grateful to have been neighbors of Doug and Marilyn all these years and to have been able to watch Corri and Darren as they were growing up. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you in the days and times ahead.


  18. Gretchen Sullivan January 1, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    My heart goes out to you all.
    The first day I picked Olivia up for school
    Darren knew who I was and immediately introduced himself, from that day on are conversations where awesome and the love he shared about his family and the surprises he had in mind for them where precious… I’m going to miss dropping Olivia off seeing Darren standing there arms wide open and Olivia dropping her book bag running around him laughing, he just shook his head, picked up the book bag and ran after her… I’m going miss seeing him smile and wave to us every morning..
    My heart hurts for you, but know the love that man had for his family was extraordinary.
    I love you O’Brien family..


  19. Sweet Lisa
    I remember our happy talks while you were pregnant with Olivia. The joy even speaking about Darren & a new addition was palatable!
    And so I am bereft! Hold your special love forever in your heart. There is no doubt that Olivia brings you goodness & love. You & your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Patty Papp


  20. Lisa, Connie….I hold you close to my heart and from a distance, as we have all had to do for so long, know that I am praying for you and the loss of your Beloved Husband, Father, Son and Best Friend. May God and HIS Love wrap you ever so gently and hold you in the days ahead until you are together again in Glory. God’s Speed.


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