AUGUSTA — Philip “Phil” Edward O’Brion, 81, of Jay, died Saturday evening, April 1, at the Togus VA Hospital in Augusta, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Jan. 19, 1936, in Portland, the son of William E. and Bertha V. (Bean) O’Brion. He graduated in 1954 from Deering High School and following one year at college, he entered the U.S. Coast Guard.

On April 4, 1970, he married Marceline Melcher in Jay. They worked together as owners of O’Brion’s Electronics/Radio Shack in Farmington, later known as Lynn-Hom Electronics Radio Shack.

After joining the Farmington Elks Lodge No. 2430 in 1983, his love and dedication to the Elks Association saw him achieve many accomplishments, including state president, state Elk of the Year, Lodge Elk of the Year, past district deputy grand exalted ruler, past grand lodge committeeman, area ritualistic chairman, lodge treasurer, grand lodge appointee Special Oversight Committee and honorary life member, as well as still holding positions of state secretary and lodge secretary, up until his passing. Through their involvement with the Elks, Phil and Marcie traveled throughout the United States, making many great friends and memories.

He was a former member of the Jay Fire Department and was a member of the American Legion. He will be remembered for his gentlemanly ways and for his patriotism.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marcie, on Feb. 6, 2010.


He is survived by his children, Linda Walter (David) of Readfield, Homer Ambrose (Louise) of Jay, Cheryl Smith and her significant other, Randy Staples, of North Jay, Wendy Cain (Craig) of Florida, P. Edward O’Brion Jr. of Hollis and Thomas O’Brion (Roberta) of Windham; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Dobson.

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Philip E. O’Brion

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