Walter Francis O'Brien, 85, passed away at St. Raphael's Hospital surrounded by his family on March 2, 2020 after a short illness. Born in New Haven on February 8, 1935 to the late Joseph and Josephine Servilla O'Brien. Husband of the late Theresa Iannone O'Brien. Walter was a long-time resident of Hamden until recently making North Haven his home. He was a proud Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. Walter worked for many years at Safety Electric in Hamden and retired from AWISCO/Air Gas. Always an active member of his community, Walter coached for many years in the Hamden Fathers Baseball and Basketball Associations. He was a Past Grand Knight for Council 1 of The Knights of Columbus in New Haven. He was a Eucharistic Minister at both St. Barnabas Church and at St. Raphael's Hospital and The Grimes Center. Walt loved being around people and enjoyed his many friends at Carmen Romano Apartments in North Haven, where he organized Bingo and Pizza nights. Walter will be remembered by his sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Cynthia of Hamden, Timothy of Hamden, and Kevin and Ellen of Franklin, MA; and grandchildren Kayla, Joseph, Christopher, Connor and Edward O'Brien. He was predeceased by his brother Eugene. Our family would like to thank the North Haven Fire Department and AMR for their assistance in recent months and the staff and caregivers at Yale-New Haven St. Raphael campus for their compassionate care. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Friday, March 6th at 11:00 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish at St. Barnabas Church, North Haven at 11:30 a.m. followed by his entombment with Military Honors in All Saints Mausoleum. Friends may visit with his family on Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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  1. I am so sorry for the passing of walter..I have worked with Walter for many years he was always a happy go lucky person and we had so much fun with him!! We kept in touch on face book and I know his family was the most important thing to him.. this breaks my heart to see him go but he will be with his love ! They made the best Apizzagaina !! God bless you all ..Julie Gravino

  2. Blessings gratitude and love to Walter’s family. Sincerest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all. Personally there was smoke in my apt as I tried to clean my oven. Walter was quick to be of help…always with a wonderful smile…he had a great sense of humor…and was always lending a helping hand to all. He will be greatly missed at bingo and pizza nights…rest in peace Walter ! Love Anita : Carmen Romano Community

  3. He and Terry were the best grandparents and .would be in-laws. a person could ever ask for. They made you feel like part of the family immediately. Walter with his quick humor and one-liners made you laugh and smile and quickly forget why you were sad or angry.

  4. I am sorry to here about the passing of your Dad. His smile was contagious. Whenever I am in the old neighborhood I think fondly of your family.

  5. To Walter’s family and dear friends. Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences on your loss. Walter will be sorely missed at Carmen Romano Apartments. He will be missed at Bingo and at the monthly Pizza nights. He would deliver packages to individual apartments. I live directly above Walter and he would always come up and check on me when he would hear a louder than normal .Thud.. We had lots of laughs! He was one of a kind. Just before Walter went into the hospital we had a conversation about family and how important it was to him. He loved you all deeply. Rest in Peace Walter! Your upstairs neighbor Katie Fuchs

  6. I want to express my sincerest condolences to Walter’s entire family. I have only known Walter for 4 yrs. at Carmen Romano Apts. and he was someone very special. Always there to help you and cheer you up with his humor. A fine man and a gentleman. May he rest in peace in happiness with our Lord in heaven. Sorry Walter, I did not make it back in time from Florida to make you your ziti and meatballs. -Annette Lucarelli

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of this wonderful man. He was a friend and mentor to me and so many others when were youngsters. He taught me many life lessons through his words and generosity and I am a much better person for having known him. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that he will be in my prayers.

  8. OB was married to my sorority sister Theresa. We have many good memories of times we spent together. We will miss him. With deepest sympathy to the family, George and Annette Zettergren

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