James Raymond O’Brien

November 4, 1948 - June 14, 2022

James Raymond O’Brien, 73, a resident of Lee County since 1999, formerly of Cleveland, OH, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in North Fort Myers, FL. He was born November 4, 1948 in Lakewood, OH to Vincent and Cleo O’Brien, now deceased.

James was of the Christian faith and a loving husband and father. He was a successful businessman having continuously operated his own garage door/opener installation company for nearly 50 years in both Ohio and Florida. He was a friend to many and an active member of his community helping others with anything he possibly can, and he takes great pride that the community Christmas decorations live on since him and his wife started them in 2010. He loved his 4 boys and was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments. Most importantly, he LOVED his grandchildren and great grandchildren and cherished his role as their “Poppy”. He relished any opportunity he could to spoil his grandchildren and often found a mutual love for ice cream (Poppy ice cream sandwiches) one of many memories they will always remember him by.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara O’Brien of North Fort Myers; children, Travis O’Brien (Patt) of Alexandria, VA, Adam O’Brien of Virginia Beach, VA, Shane O’Brien (Kristen) of Columbus, OH, and Brandon O’Brien (Kelly) of Greenville, SC; siblings, Eileen Bak of Sun City, FL, Barbara Robinson (David) of The Villages, FL, Maggie O’Brien of Sarasota, FL, Ruthie O’Brien of Sarasota, Tom O’Brien (Anne) of Sugarland, TX; grandchildren, Whitney Morgan, Tori Jacobs, Katey O’Brien, Jacob O’Brien, Presley O’Brien, and Isla O’Brien; as well as great grandchildren, Gracelynn Jacobs, Lee Morgan, and JJ Morgan.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com.

Memorial Contributions in memory of James Raymond O’Brien are suggested to: ARC (Animal Refuge Center) 18011 Old Bayshore Rd N. Ft. Myers, FL 33917

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Ruthann O’Brien Jun 27, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    My Big Brother I will miss you❤️ Ruthie

  2. Shirley& Chuck & Taco Thompson Jun 27, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    You were sooo loved Jimmy and will truly be missed by many. RIP, our dear friend! Love Chuck, Shirley, & Taco Thompson ❤️🙏🥲❤️

  3. Margaret obrien Jun 27, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Jimmy was very loving brother. I’m so heartbroken He loved his family so much!!!! That meant world to him!!May God cover us in his blood !!!!! We all need heavy prayers for heavy hearts are needed!!!RiP Brother Jimmy love you internally your lil sis love Maggie

  4. Lesley Holman Jun 27, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Jimmie lane changer…life of the party…..socialite of the cruise..
    Best Man at our wedding and we could go on…and on with stories about this wonderful man and friend!
    Heaven has a new angel and we are left with great memories.
    You will be sadly missed O’Brien!! Xoxo
    Lesley & Michael Holman

  5. Bette Maerz Jun 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Prayers for Barbara and the family. It’s a great loss for all of us as they don’t make many people as kind and thoughtful as Jimmy. He is already missed and was appreciated by many. Rest In Peace and know we miss u and were thankful to know you🙏🙏🙏

  6. Mary Maxwell Jun 27, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Barbie. I do wish I was there to give you the biggest hug ever. Probably shed more than a few tears and share some of your amazing stories. You know I loved Jimmy dearly. Please take care of yourself

  7. Rick and Karen Carter Jun 27, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    We are so sorry Barbara. Prayers for all ❤️❤️❤️

  8. Patricia Yaiser Jun 27, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Our hearts are broken….. Jim was a kind and loving man, he was
    an incredible friend. He will be missed so much in the Del Tura Community.
    Our love and prayers are with you Barbie and your beautiful family……

  9. Brandon O'Brien Jun 28, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Man what to say about my dad. My dad was one of the most kind hearted caring people I have ever known. He loved everyone and seen the good in people. He taught me how to be a man and become the man I am today. I remember when I was a kid and he worked at a company called J and J jet skii sales and we had to go get a boat on lake Erie. Well he is on front “bow” of the boat pushing and im on the side helping. As we push this boat off a floating dock I hear a SPLASH and my dad is gone so I had to jump into what I do mode save him or boat……AH HE CAN SWIM boat it is haha. So 25 plus years later we still laugh about it to this day. He taught me how to operate a boat and gave me a career that to this day 22 years later I still do. He never had a negative thing to say about anyone always full of happiness and joy. The garage door man of Del Tura. Love you dad miss you so much.

  10. Dennis DeVies Jun 28, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Jimmy was my mentor when I left the farm for city life & bartending.. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend or wing man. I look forward to when we meet again- you are truly one of a kind.

  11. PeggyHuntley Jun 28, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    You will be so missed Jimmy. Bill & I loved you so much! RIP 🙏🏻

  12. Bill Gronek Jun 29, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    We will all miss Jim here in Del Tura..He was my neighbor on Buena Vista Dr.. Will miss his friendly smile as I walked my dog every day..

  13. Lorraine and Jaime Hernaez Jun 29, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Jim was one honest and good man. He was one of the first people my husband and I met when we moved to Del Tura 8 years ago. We are blessed to have known him. I pray that the family will find strength and comfort in all the memories he left you with. Blessings to your family from ours.

  14. Frank Regalbuto Jun 29, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss Barbara! We had the honor of knowing Jim for the last 6 years. There is no doubt in my mind that he is flying with the angels, going to miss our discussions on our faith. Love you brother!!

  15. David and Deb Murray Jun 29, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    To Barbie and Family,
    Loosing this wonderful gentleman was a terrible shock for David and Myself….
    OB1 ( as I called him), was a gentle, strong, sincere, kind and loving man!!! He will be missed by all!!! We, David and myself were very grateful and honored to get to know him, and Barbie… Vacations, card nights etc! We had the pleaser of his, and Barbies company visiting us in our NY home… teaching him about horses and racing in Saratoga! Ah, he was NOT happy when his horse picks DIDNT come in first! We had so much fun and laughs loosing money!
    Our love and prayers are being sent to you all….. Knowing Mr. Jim OBrien was blessing from God!

  16. John and Carol Umberger Jun 29, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Jim was one of a kind. Anytime we needed Jim, he came. Installed a new garage operator when we needed it and always came back to oil it with a smile and kind words. You were called to heaven way too soon Jim and will be missed by all of Deltura.

  17. Susan Lanore Jun 30, 2022 at 11:09 am

    Jimmy I still am in disbelief you are gone . You were the best guy who would do anything to try and help others. My Garage door is working still because of you . I don’t think you could even believe it . Thank you Jimmy for helping me so many times and being my friend .

  18. Christi wilson Jun 30, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    I didn’t know Jim well, but he helped me out a couple of times with my garage door! Every time I saw him he would say hey kiddo, haven’t broken anything have ya? He was a kind gentle man and I know he will be greatly missed! Prayers to the family, heaven got a great one!

  19. Denise Higgins Jul 1, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Such a nice man, he sold me my home when I bought in Deltura. Also helped me when I couldn’t open garage door, he found the problem, I needed batteries ❤️. I’ll miss seeing him drive by, my condolences to u Barbara and all of his loved ones. R.I.P. Jim

  20. Bruce & Sandy Raymond Jul 1, 2022 at 11:57 am

    Our condolences to you Barb and family! We have no words except to say that Jimmy was a fun and loving guy to be with! It’s just unbelievable, as you know, how fast our lives can change in a snap of a finger. You and I had just been talking a day or two before and Jimmy had just came home from work. All I can say is that he had a heart of Gold..was always there when needed. I always enjoyed talking to him! Our thoughts and prayers are with you..just know we are thinking of you..we are here for you! We love you!🙏🏻❤️

  21. Gail Lawrence Jul 1, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    He will be so missed. He was a great person and always willing to help anyone. Rest in peace.

  22. Carol Marquard Monaghan Jul 15, 2022 at 11:02 am

    So sorry for your loss, Barbara. You and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. With sympathy and Love

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