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James O'Brien, 86, Of Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – James Norbert O'Brien, of Fairfield, died at home Oct. 21. He was 86.

O'Brien was born in Flushing, N.Y. to Katherine and James O'Brien, attending Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn and graduating from the City College of New York.

He started in the lumber industry, working at Boston's Furman Lumber, and founded Nutmeg Forest Products in 1977 with his wife, which remains in the family to this day.

O'Brien is predeceased by his parents, brothers Bill and Richard, sister Katherine and his granddaughter Katie.

He is survived by his wife Joan, three children and their families, Bill and Sue, Dan and Janice, Cathy and Tom Porter, and nine grandchildren.

Visiting hours are from 4-7 p.m. Sunday in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Road, Fairfield.

A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield.

Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Catherine Center for Special Needs, 760 Tahmore Drive, Fairfield, CT 06825.

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