Mrs. Claire A. O'Brien

  • Born: September 19, 1934
  • Died: November 28, 2018
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

Claire A. (Sliney) O'Brien, age 84, a longtime resident of Reading, formerly of Wakefield, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital

Claire grew up in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. During her years in school, she was a Wakefield High School Cheerleader. For many years, she worked at the Reading Light Department as the Credit Manager. Claire was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Church in Wakefield and an active volunteer at the Mission of Deeds in Reading. Claire was also an avid sports fan. She took pride in her husband's coaching career through his years at M.I.T., Tufts and Holy Cross College and also took great pride in her grandchildren's athletic accomplishments. Claire's greatest joy came from being with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend to many.

Claire is the beloved wife of 63 years to Francis O'Brien. Devoted Mother of Kevin O'Brien, Kathy Bard and her husband Paul, Karen Andreoli and her husband John, Kelly O'Brien and Kristine Ross and her husband Dave Reinhart Cherished Grandmother of Daniel Bard and his wife Adair, Jared Bard and his wife Courtney, Kait Ross, John F. Andreoli, Luke Bard and his wife Taylor, Molly Ross, Kaila Gottlick, Kathryn Andreoli, Shaelin Gottlick, Jake Ross, Khloe O'Brien, Owen Gottlick, Liam Gottlick and Colin, Garret and Whitney O'Brien. Great Grandmother of Davis Bard, Graham Bard and Sykes Bard. Beloved daughter of the late Edmund and Catherine (Dingle) Sliney. Loving Sister of Roy Nickerson, USMC and the late David Sliney and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass Celebrating Claire's Eternal Life will be held at St. Joseph's Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield, on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:30am. An hour of visitation will be held prior to the mass at St. Joseph's Church from 9:30am-10:30am.

Interment will be at Wood End Cemetery, Reading.

.In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Claire's Memory to the Mission of Deeds, 6 Chapin Ave, Reading, MA 01867.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry for your loss. Claire was a poised, kind woman. My love to all the O'Brien's. Donna

Posted by Donna Zanni-Washburn - Saint Augustine, FL - Friend   January 24, 2019


My sincere condolences to Fran, Kathy and Paul Bard and all the other family members. Faith, Love and Hope

Posted by John Layton - Jacksonville, FL - Friend   December 03, 2018

So sorry to hear the news thinking of you all ....We have had some great times together lots of memories love Rosie & Cilla

Posted by Priscilla Rose - Reading, MA - friend   December 03, 2018


To my god mother auntie Claire,I'll miss your warm accent when I talk to you,and all the laughing when we spent together when I was young.tell my mum and Dad hello for me,I hope you will all laugh together in to your beautiful family,
Noreen Sliney Grimm

Posted by Noreen Grimm - Macedon, NY   December 01, 2018

Dear Fran, Kathy and Paul, and extended O'Brien family, Our hearts are with you as we mourn the passing of Claire. Heartfelt prayers for her and each of you to feel the presence of God's abundant love, comfort and strength. In sympathy and with love, Kathie, Gabe, Drew and Caroline Bard Varges from Zurich and New York

Posted by A friend   December 01, 2018

My brother Laurie says Claire was a year ahead of him at WHS, but she was known and liked by everyone.

My memory is now saying that she was a cheerleader while I was playing football at WHS? What I am certain of is that she was a lovely girl you couldn't help be impressed by.

Still thinking of you all.

Ron and Dorene Lengyel

Posted by Ronald Lengyel - New London, NH - Friend   December 01, 2018

To Claire's devoted husband Fran, her children and grandchildren: how lucky you were to have this warm,fun loving,mischievous woman in your lives. I remember Clair in our younger years and she always left a a smile on my face. You are with The Lord now Clair dancing with the angels.
Bobbie Botticelli

Posted by Bobbie Botticelli - Reading, MA   November 30, 2018

Fran and Family -

I was very very sad to see Claire's lovely face in the Boston Globe this morning. This is one of the worst experiences anyone can have; we grieve for and with you.

I've emailed her notice to my brother Laurie in Texas; he knew her at WHS (class of 53?).

We are thinking of you all.

Ron and Dorene (Tufts '57) Lengyel

Posted by Ron and Dorene Lengyel - New London, NH   November 30, 2018

My condolences to the O'Briens. I remember Claire sitting in the bleachers at our baseball games with her lovely daughters back in the early 70s while we played for Fran. The O'Briens were such a part of our lives back then and will remain so for as long as we all live. We will miss you Claire. My thoughts are with you always.
Mike Royal '76

Posted by Mike Royal - Raleigh, NC   November 30, 2018


R I P Aunt Claire. I will gladly give to the charity of your choice! I'll be thinking of Uncle Chubby and all my cousins! I Love You Forever!

Posted by Lianne Moore (Sliney) - Penfield, NY   November 30, 2018

We pray the memories of Claire and the love of family surround you all and give you strength in the days to come. Many Blessings, Steve & Jan Hall

Posted by A friend   November 30, 2018

Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.

Posted by A friend   November 29, 2018

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family of Claire O'Brien during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. Psalm 5:6,7

Posted by J B    November 29, 2018