John Francis O'Brien III

Feb. 14, 1943 - Sept. 6, 2023

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John Francis O’Brien III 1943 -2023 John Francis O’Brien III died peacefully in his sleep on September 6, 2023 at his home on Orcas Island, Washington. He was born February 14, 1943 in New London, Connecticut. He was an accomplished musician, cyclist carpenter and storyteller. John moved to Orcas in the 1980’s living in Deer Harbor in his camper, on his boats, and then in Eastsound. He used his bicycles as his main modes of transportation was and a fascinating and memorable character. A Celebration of John Francis’s life will be held at the Orcas Island Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 107 Enchanted Forest Road on Friday, October 27th at 5pm. Please make any donations to the charity of your choice.


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