Joseph X. "Jay" O'brien Jr.
a smile and always ready to lend a hand. Jay knew the secret
to happines. He lived his passion and loved with his whole heart.
Those who had the good fortune to know him, are forever touched.
avid fisherman, Jay lived to share the thrill of the catch with
others. He would take friends and clients out on his charter
craft and they would always catch fish. Lots of them! He seemed
to have a 6th sense knowing where they were and when they would
bite. There was always a bountiful catch and always sharing...He
didn't fish for money, he fished because it was a part of his
on April 21, 1954, his brother Patrick remembers the day so
clearly. As he and his sister Damien stood on the Friendship
Street sidewalk waving frantically to their mom in the hospital
window holding their new baby brother in her arms. "It
wa an omen for his life that he was born on Friendship Street;
and another that we then lived on Green Street. Jay would grow
to become both a lover of friendship and the green environment."
omen for Jay's life began when their parents moved to Ocean
Drive. Each morning he woke to what was to become one of the
great loves of his life, Narragansett Bay.
never want to work in an office" Jay used to say, "I
don't want to be inside" He persued a degree in wildlife
management and when unable to obtain the kind of job outdoors
he desired, he did the next logical thing he could do. He opened
a bar and bestowed upon it his trademark, his moustache. The
moustache that accented the best smile in the world.
that point on, his life was a journey of friendship and love.
Some people touch a few lives, Jay touched hundreds with his
love, kindness, goodness and generosity and most sure his warmth.
in part from A Tribute to Jay by his brother Patrick M. O'Brien.
Molly K. Finn, A free spirit,
lost at sea. On June 15, 2006 Molly enjoyed the beauty of her