Brick by brick, Mariners
Memorial Foundation becomes a reality
The idea for a 400-square-foot
came to friends and family of Captain Joseph X. "Jay"
O'Brien. What started out as an ordinary fishing trip
was cut short by rough seas. O'Brien's boat, White Water,
capsized taking Jay and leaving behind hundreds of mourning
friends and family.
His death prompted a group
of friends and other sports fishermen to plan a memorial
in his honor. A group of volutneers, led by chariman Steve
Mey, initially palnned to place a granite bench in O'Briens
memory on the Cliff Walk. As the group grew, so did the
Initially named the Fishermen's
Memorial Association evolved to become the Mariner's Memorial
Foundation. With the support of Sen. Claiborne Pell, former
Secretary of State Kathleen Connell and DEM officials,
the bench for O'Brien has evolved into a memorial to all
who have lived, loved or died by the sea.