William O'Brien celebrates 90th birthday at the Warwick Valley Seniors Club
Photo by Roger Gavan
William O'Brien celebrated his 90th birthday celebration at The Warwick Valley Seniors Club.
WARWICK — His motto is, "Pray, hope and don't worry." Another active member of the Warwick Valley Seniors Club just joined a rapidly growing exclusive group of people in that organization. On Wednesday, September 19, the Club members held an early 90th birthday celebration for William J. O'Brien , the oldest of seven children, who was born in the Greenville Section of Jersey City on September 26, 2028, While he was in high school, he ran track and what he calls, "My only claim to fame," was beating a future Olympic Track runner who went on to win two gold medals. After high school O'Brien joined the Army and spent a year in the Philippines. Later he attended Seton Hall and Fairleigh Dickinson University before moving on to various jobs including JC Policeman, middle management positions for General Motors and Ford Export and finally becoming manager of a small construction company. After living in the Bronx, he and his wife purchased a house in Emerson, New Jersey where they raised their three children. O'Brien has been a widower since 2007. He and his daughter moved to Warwick in 2012 with four of his nine grandchildren. O'Brien is a parishioner at the Church of St. Stephen, the First Martyr. "I have no real hobbies," he said. "I just get up each day and let God direct me. And I can honestly say I've never been bored." The celebration, serving cakes and refreshments and everyone singing, "Happy Birthday," took place at the spacious and modern facility that is the Warwick Senior Center, adjacent to the Town Hall on Kings Highway. Anyone interested in joining or wanting additional information should call Marie Sisti at 986-9113. - Roger Gavan