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Frederick M. O’Brien, Jr.

Frederick M. O’Brien, Jr., 68, of Lowell, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Lowell General Hospital after a long period of declining health.

Born June 7, 1954, in Lowell, he was a son of the late Frederick M. O’Brien, Sr., and the late Emma E. (Nash) O’Brien, and was raised in the Belvedere Section of the City. He received his education in the City, graduating from Lowell High School, Class of 1972. He then attended ITT Technical Institute.

Mr. O’Brien made his home in the Highlands Section of the City, and was the owner and operator of Major’s Pub for most of his lifetime. He then worked as an independent truck driver until his retirement in 2010.

Fred was an avid Boston Sports fan and loved his cats, but the thing that brought him the most pleasure was spending time with his family, especially his grand nephews.

His survivors include his siblings, Sally Hunt and her husband, Brian, of Litchfield, Mary Ellen Quigley and her husband, Kenneth, of Phillipston, MA, and Elizabeth Cannon and her husband, Glenn, of Lowell; his nieces and nephews, Megan Hunt, Ryan Hunt, Sarah Quigley, Kenneth Quigley, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and his wife, Teresita, Daniel Quigley formerly of the U.S. Marine Corp, both of whom Fred was extremely proud, and Benjamin Cannon; his grandnephews, Jonathan, Jeremiah, Brayden, Christian and Brody; his three dear cousins, Sue Howe of Concord, NH, Patty Downing of Londonderry, NH and Ann Schneiderheinze of Bedford, NH; along with the many friends and acquaintances he made through out his lifetime.

The Family would also like to thank the staff at Fersenius Dialysis Center of Lowell for their kindness and compassion toward Fred over the past ten years.

You are invited to His Calling Hours from 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday, June 27. On Tuesday, June 28, His Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon at the MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 187 Nesmith Street, 978-452-6361 followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials in His name to Dana-Farber, 450 Brookline Ave., SW120, Boston, MA 02215. To leave the family a message of condolence, find us on facebook or use the form on our site.


  • Ann Schneiderheinze Posted June 25, 2022 8:20 am

    Our sincere condolences Mary Ellen on the passing of Fred. We loved him dearly. I know the two of you had such a strong bond. He will be with you forever Love Ann and Bob

  • Kathy Fagan Kirane Posted June 26, 2022 2:25 pm

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Fred, I knew Fred very well back in high school and many fonds memories of Fred at Major’s . He was always a fun loving kind friend, may you Rest In Peace my friend ❤️

  • Falcon Posted June 26, 2022 9:26 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Freddy’s passing.
    Iused to go in to Major’s to have a few beers, and to talk with Freddy.
    We both went to Lowell High together.
    He was a Great Guy to know.

  • Tom O’Hare Posted June 27, 2022 4:43 am

    Very sorry to read about Freddie; many good memories of Major’s and St. Patrick’s Day. A good friend to Steve Doyle and Bruce Desmond.
    My sincere condolences…….

  • Cindy Quigley Posted June 27, 2022 12:25 pm

    MaryEllen i am so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He could not have had a better sister than you. You,, Ken and your family took such good care of him these last few years and gave him a loving home. He was blessed!

  • Mike Maguire Posted June 28, 2022 6:30 pm

    Sally, Mary Ellen, Betsy, so sorry to read of Fred’s passing. Great memories of St Patrick’s Days, Sporting Events and Major’s clientele and friendship back in the day. A truly special, family run business. They don’t make ‘em like that any more. Condolences to your family.

  • Dennis Scannell Posted June 30, 2022 6:42 am

    Freddie was an awesome person, from a great family. So sad to read the news today…….We all had so much fun stopping into the Majors ….Best to all Family Members

  • Jean Shepard Swanson Posted July 5, 2022 10:28 am

    Maryellen. Deepest condolences on the passing of Freddy. He was like a part of our family many years ago. I am glad we got to reunite w friends before the pandemic hit. He was a good guy. Always made me laugh A dear friend to my brother and my parents

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