John Terrence O’Brien

John Terrence O’Brien (Terry) passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021 following a long illness at the age of 76.

Terry is the baby brother to Pat Prudhomme, Jean Anne Case (Keith), Mike O’Brien (Dawn) and Mary Kay O’Brien (Donn McCarthy). He is father and best friend to Roman Williams and has two grandchildren, Robin and Kyle. Terry has many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen O’Brien Nelson Bloss (nee Squires) and Frank O’Brien.

Terry was born in Ashland, WI on February 6, 1945. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1963 and went on to graduate with a business degree from Northland College. Following College, Terry joined the Air Force and served in Germany for 4 years.

Terry had a 30 year career with the US Postal Service and especially enjoyed his rural driving route to Odanah. He loved his family and looked forward to wintering in Florida with them. Terry enjoyed playing golf with his friends who affectionately called him Omar. He also enjoyed his apartment which he described as being in the downtown theatre district with a view of Lake Superior.

Terry was a writer and a poet and loved all things Irish and so…

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields

and until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

There will be no service as requested by Terry.

Arrangements are by Frost Funeral Home of Ashland, to view the obituary online or to sign the guestbook, please visit us at

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