Kathleen Ann O’Brien
December 14, 1952 - January 5, 2024

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Kathleen A. O’ Brien, 71, on January 5, 2024 of Leland, NC following a brief illness. Kathy was born in Brockton, MA a graduate of Brockton High School class of 1970. She received her masters in Education at Bridgewater State University.

Kathy spent her later years in Fort Myers Florida where she enjoyed long walks in the beautiful sunny weather and enjoyed time at the beach. More recently, she moved to North Carolina to be near family.

Kathy is survived by her sister Maryrose Gammons and her husband Steve of West Bridgewater, MA, her sister Jane Kaminski of Leland, NC, her brother Robert O’Brien and his wife Velma Lee of Potomac, MD, several beloved nieces and nephews Dennis Kaminski and Kelly Fordham of Plaistow, NH, Michael Kaminski of Claremont, NH, Theresa and James Migliaccio of Wilmington, NC, Emily and Justin Poliachik of Wilmington, NC, Nell Gammons of West Bridgewater, Sammi and Matthew Howard of NYC, Dr. Sydney Liang of NYC, Spencer Liang of Washington, DC, her grandniece Riley Kaminski and grandnephew Wes Poliachik.

Kathy’s greatest passion was her 33 year teaching career at Brockton High School. She touched so many lives and is remembered fondly by her students and fellow teachers for her dedication to learning and for being voted best dressed. She couldn’t travel anywhere without encountering previous students who called “Miss O’Brien!” and made her day with a friendly hello. This would truly bring her so much joy.

She will be missed dearly by her family who she was so devoted to. She will forever be held in their hearts.

Per family request, services will be private.

Coastal Cremations 6 Jacksonville St., Wilmington NC 28403



  • Nancy Woods Posted January 9, 2024 7:13 pm

    I am deeply sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing. She was not only a cherished member of your family but also an inspiring high school teacher and fabulous cheerleading coach who touched the lives of many. Her passion for education and dedication to her students left a lasting impact. Kathy loved what she did, and you could feel it. May you find comfort in the loving memories you shared. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. xoxo Nancy (Murphy)

  • Jeanie Skelly Posted January 9, 2024 7:21 pm

    Kathy and her entire family will be in my prayers. I have many wonderful memories of her as a patient and kind cheerleading coach in high school. I am deeply saddened by her loss. May God bless all of you.
    Jeanie Colombo Skelly

  • Sharon Wellens Posted January 10, 2024 4:18 pm

    She had a beautiful spirit. I enjoyed knowing her.

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