Skip to comments.Announcement: FReeper Criminal Number 18F, Kevin O'Brian has passed away. [AKA Hognose}
Posted on 04/19/2017 2:29:53 AM PDT by archy
per the WeaponsMan Blog:
Im sorry to have to tell you all that my brother Kevin OBrien, host of this blog, passed away peacefully this morning at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston.
Let me start with some housekeeping. First, the email address firstname.lastname@example.org remains active and you may get more and better updates there. I say this because frankly Im having trouble posting here. I dont know Kevins WordPress password and Im afraid that if I restart his computer, I will not be able to post any more because the password will not autofill. Therefore I cant guarantee I will be able to make more updates on the blog.
We are planning a celebration of Kevins life for all of his friends some time in early to mid-June, here in Seacoast NH. I will have details in a couple of days. All those who knew and loved Kevin, including all Weaponsman readers, are welcome, but we will need an RSVP. Again, I will make details available to those who write to email@example.com. This is not restricted to personal friends of Kevin, but space will be limited, and we will not be able to fit everyone. It will be a great opportunity to share memories of Kevin.
We will be looking for stories and pictures of Kevin! Please send to the email address.
I expect that some time after the celebration, I will be shutting down the blog. No one other than Kevin could do it justice.
Finally, you should know that Small Dog, whose real name is Zac, has found a home with other relatives of ours. Of course the poor guy has no idea what has happened to his beloved friend but his life will go on.
Now Id like to tell you more about Kevin and how he lived and died. He was born in 1958 to Robert and Barbara OBrien. We grew up in Westborough, Mass. Kevin graduated from high school in 1975 and joined the Army in (I believe) 1979. He learned Czech at DLI and became a Ranger and a member of Special Forces.
Kevins happiest times were in the Army. He loved the service and was deeply committed to it. We were so proud when he earned the Green Beret. He was active duty for eight years and then stayed in the Reserves and National Guard for many years, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2003. He told me after that that Afghan tour was when he felt he had made his strongest contribution to the world.
Kevin worked for a number of companies after leaving active duty. He had always loved weapons, history, the military, and writing, and saw a chance to combine all of his interests by creating Weaponsman.com. I think the quality of the writing was what always brought people back. Honestly, for what its worth, I have no interest in firearms. Dont love them, dont hate them, just not interested. But Kevins knowledge and writing skill made them fascinating for me.
Kevin and I really became close friends after our childhood. We saw each other just about every day after he moved to a house just two miles away from mine. In the winter of 2015, we began building our airplane together. You could not ask for a better building partner.
Last Thursday night was our last normal night working on the airplane. I could not join him Friday night, but on Saturday morning I got a call from the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He had called 911 on Friday afternoon and was taken to the ER with what turned out to be a massive heart attack. Evidently he was conscious when he was brought in, but his heart stopped and he was revived after 60 minutes of CPR. He never reawakened.
On Saturday, he was transported to Brigham and Womens where the medical staff made absolutely heroic efforts to save his life. Our dad came up on Sunday and we visited him Sunday, Monday, and today. Each day his condition became worse.
As of last night, it was obvious to everyone that he had almost no chance of survival; and that if he did by some chance survive, he would have no quality of life. Kevins heart was damaged beyond repair, his kidneys were not functioning, he had not regained consciousness, and he had internal bleeding that could not be stopped. We made the decision this morning to terminate life support.
Im not crying tonight. I got that out on Saturday. What I feel is a permanent alteration and a loss that I know can never be healed. I loved Kevin so much. He was brilliant, funny, helpful, kind, caring, and remarkably talented.
At dinner tonight, we agreed that there are probably many people who never got Kevin, but there could not be anyone who disliked him. Rest in Peace.
Please feel free to express your thoughts in the comments and to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
My prayers are with you and family...so sorry.
Thanks for the nice write-up.
And very sorry for the loss of your brother.
So very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful brother son and friend
I’m so sorry to hear this.
Prayers for Kevin and all of his loved ones.
Condolences and prayers. Thank you sharing a remarkable life. God Bless.
Kev wasn’t my brother; it was his brother Brendan who was the author of the obit/eulogy. Though we crossed paths in Special Forces a couple of times, so far as we knew, we never met, until we both became FReepers.
Thanks for the post archy. Sincerest prayers sent for the repose of his soul and for his family.
I remember Criminal 18F. I’m so sorry about his family’s loss.
Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
May God comfort and guide you and your family during this time.
Prayers up for all; I remember Criminal Number 18f well, many insightful posts. He was so young, but in the end we all will go, some sooner some later.
Prayers up, God Speed and God Bless
Very sorry for your loss my friend.
Condolences to Brenden O’Brien and the remainder of Kevin’s family and friends. R.I.P., sir. Thanks, Kevin.
A real Patriot.
LORD, comfort archy and his family at this time. Thank you archy and Kevin O’Brian were close friends. Bless archy for his loving tribute to his brother.
In JESUS’ Name we pray. Amen.
Very sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers up for you and your family.
I am thankful to him for his service to our country
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