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James W. O’Brien

d. December 8, 2023

James W. O’Brien

James W. O’Brien

James W. “Jim” O’Brien of Hingham, MA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on December 8, 2023. He was 77 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late William and Helen O’Brien (Davis). Jim grew up in Weymouth, MA, and spent most of his adult life on the South Shore, raising two children in Hingham. He graduated from Boston College and began his career at Thermo Electron Corporation, which led to work commercializing medical technology at Harvard Medical School and the Texas Heart Institute.

Jim spent the second half of his career in the investment banking industry, where he was a principal at Beacon Hill Financial, which served as an advisor to many of the world’s leading private equity investors. He continued this work at Bare Cove Financial, a firm he founded in 1998.

Beloved husband of Candace O’Brien of Hingham. Loving father of Scott O’Brien and his wife Laura of Arlington, VA, and Meredith Tierney and her husband Ryan of Newburyport, MA. Cherished grandfather “Pa” to Harper, Julianne, Riley and Tatum.

Jim was committed to his family and would do anything to support his children, from attending lacrosse and soccer games across New England to obtaining his pilot’s license. He was passionate about providing educational opportunities to those in need and served on the Board of Trustees at Thayer Academy and Rhodes College.

Jim’s family is grateful to Dr. Matthew Weinstock and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center staff for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of James O’Brien may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at or by check to “Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center” with “BIDMC Translational Lymphoma Research Program” in the memo line. Contributions can be mailed to: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Philanthropy, 529 Main Street, 4th Floor, Charlestown, MA 02129.

A Celebration of Life in Jim’s memory will be held on Saturday January 27th, 2024, from 11:00 until 3:00. The Celebration will be held at the Hingham Heritage Museum, 34 Main Street, Hingham, MA.

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Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 27, 2024

11:00am - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Hingham Heritage Museum

34 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043

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