Christopher Michael O'Brien, on February 13, 2021, of Shamong; formerly of Laurel Springs.
Beloved son of Lucy (nee Gagliardi) Trendler (Michael) and Michael O'Brien (Susan Madiraca Martin). Devoted brother of Matthew. Loving grandson of Lucy (nee Venuto) and Louis Gagliardi and Agatha (nee Regnery) and Michael O'Brien. Dear nephew of Theresa Colaizzo (Mickey), Lisa Gagliardi, Rita Gagliardi, Mary O'Brien Cabaron, Terrence O'Brien (Rita), Kathleen O'Brien Cowles and the late Louis Gagliardi, Jr. Loving cousin of Lucia Coia (Lou), Marisa Lloret (Samuel), Christina Duszlak (Stephen), Michael Colaizzo (Hannah), Len Polistina, David Polistina, Rita Polistina, Joseph Polistina, Terrence O'Brien, Jr. (Kristie), Danielle O'Brien Tansky (John), Kevin O'Brien (Shannon), Gabrielle Cabaron, Michael Cowles and Keenan Cowles. Christopher is survived by the love of his life, Kelly Cease.
He worked as the manager at Fisherman's Headquarters in Beach Haven and was scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in psychology at Rowan University. His greatest passion was fishing, competing in sponsored tournaments up and down the East Coast. He loved to cook, serving his many gourmet creations to family and friends, whom he loved dearly.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am Saturday, February 20th at Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Agnes RC Church, Coles & Little Gloucester Rds., Blackwood.
Interment is private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Christopher's memory to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.
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I remember Chris' humor and beautiful eyes most! Chris was a charmer who wasn't necessarily an "eager" Theology student, but always respectful and interesting to talk with on many subjects! I'm so sorry for his young death and offer loving support and prayer to all of Chris' family and friends.
So sorry for your loss. Chris was out on my boat fishing worhe me a few times and always made us laugh. He always was the first to say he'd help out scrubbing the boat or anything else when we were done. He will be missed by many but never forgotten. May he RIP.
From his first day at Eustace, Chris was a real presence in the Community--his joy, his charm, and his occasional mischief. To his elders he was friendly but respectful. I'll treasure the time spent "bantering" with him or inquiring about his mother. Dear Lucy, please know that you are in my prayers. Peace--Joe Marquart
In front of Buckingham Palace with the cousins
When I think of Chris, I remember his beautiful smile, laugh and charm. He had such a warm and good natured personality. He always had a fishing story to tell and Jesse loved hearing them. I look back with fondness at the memories of Chris and Kyle playing sports and fishing. Chris always greeted me with a warm smile and a friendly “Hi Mrs G”. Jesse and I are so very sorry for your loss and hope that over time your memories will heal the hurt you must be feeling.
Much love and prayers to you all,
Cathy and Jesse Gorczynski
Chris and I worked together for 6 years at Barra Rossa ,we had alot of fun and talked about life,recovery ,fishing and anything he would always help me and pick me up when I was down and tell me stories about his fishing he was a hell of cook too,I can't say enough great things about him I love him like a son ,worker,friend,brother and person my condolences to his friends and family I love you Chris I hope you are at peace I left a picture from a couple years ago so happy bye for now.
I knew Chris from Mission Teens I remember he always like to cook any fish .He was so kind hearted. You are in heaven now with God the father and his son Jesus. They are loving you. Miss you
I worked with Chris at Barra Rossa I truly consider him a friend and a brother in arms. I love him and will truly miss cracking jokes with him. He was always trying to get me to go fishing now I wish I would have gotten over my fears and joined him. Until we meet again on the other side
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