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“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of such a remarkable child. Be assured that John Charles and your family will be in our prayers. May God give...Read More »
1 of 46 | Posted by: Deacon and Mrs. Ted Fahrendorf - FL

“John, We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time and have all of you in our prayers. ”
2 of 46 | Posted by: Randy & Mary Ellen Watts - VA

“Gina, I am heartbroken for you and your family and am praying for peace and comfort for you all. Amy Solomon ”
3 of 46 | Posted by: Amy Solomon - Dallas, TX - NDMOTC

“So sorry to hear of the loss of your grandson. I can't imagine the hurt. I have a granddaughter of the same age and couldn't bear to think of her...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Al Avenoso - Houston, TX

“I so sad to hear of your family's loss. All of you including John Charles will be in my thoughts and prayers. This does begin the time when all of...Read More »
5 of 46 | Posted by: Dr. Ralph Shibley - FL

“John: My heart goes out to you and your whole family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I feel that your strength lies in your strong family...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: Ollie Adamson - Garland, TX, TX

“Gina, I am sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. ”
7 of 46 | Posted by: Patty Arreguin - Dallas, TX

“Gina- I am so terribly sorry. Hugs to you and your family... Pauline (NDMOTC) ”
8 of 46 | Posted by: Pauline Newton

“My heart aches for you and your family Gina. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 46 | Posted by: Joy McElroy - Dallas, TX - NDMOTC

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Leonard, Sara, Isabella and Kaya Wood ”
10 of 46 | Posted by: Sara - Plano, TX

“Gina, hoping for strength, and eventually peace, for you and your family in the wake of such a tragedy. ”
11 of 46 | Posted by: Lisa Fenstermacher - Garland, TX

“John, Gina, & Family, There are really no words that fit at such an extraordinarily tough time in your lives. Just know that Jack is now in a happy...Read More »
12 of 46 | Posted by: Ray & Kathy Pottkotter - Forney, TX

“I am so sorry for the loss of your precious child! I pray for strength in this difficult time and that God will help you to find a peace in your...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: Lynda Posey

“I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your son Jack. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May all of the happy memories of him and...Read More »
14 of 46 | Posted by: Lorna Beasley - Lone Oak, TX

“My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The Lord works in mysterious ways....Read More »
15 of 46 | Posted by: Manuel Valadez Jr. - Dallas, TX

“I will always remember you and your sweet smile, little Jack. You touched my heart with your goodness. ”
16 of 46 | Posted by: Laura Figura - Dallas, TX

“Gina, I'm so deeply saddened by your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. ”
17 of 46 | Posted by: Maria Pettijohn - Dallas, TX

“Bear and family, a sweet little angel has touched ours souls... and for that we are blessed. My love for you vibrates at levels way beyond words at...Read More »
18 of 46 | Posted by: Cousin Tara and family

“John and Gina, I am so, so sorry. You all are in my constant thoughts and prayers. ”
19 of 46 | Posted by: Rachel Smith Allison - Dallas, TX

“We remember little Jack at the last family reunion in 2010 toddling around, always with a big smile on his face and a very strong giggle. That is...Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: Uncle Tim & Aunt Dianne - FL

“I'm so sorry Gina. Children are a blessing and this precious boy can't be replaced. I'm praying for you and your family. ”
21 of 46 | Posted by: Stephanie Davis - Richardson, TX

“There will always be a hole in my life where Jack used to be. I will miss him. He didn't deserve to die at such a young age. This is one of my first...Read More »
22 of 46 | Posted by: Chloe Figura - Dallas, TX

“Praying for your entire family. I am so, so sad for you all. I enjoyed his pictures that were posted over the years. He was absolutely adorable &...Read More »
23 of 46 | Posted by: Lorie McDaniel - Chicago, IL

“Dear Gina and family, Thoughts and prayers are with you at this terrible time. I can't begin to imagine but hope that through God's grace that you...Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Kate Morrison - Richardson, TX

“Dear John and family, What a beautiful child. I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, dear Jack. ”
25 of 46 | Posted by: Hannah Mann - WI

“We send our love to you all. I will always remember the joy, smiles and wonderment at our last reunion when Jack would come out to the beach to play...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Michele Rose - Beverly Hills, CA

“To the O'Brien Family, Sam and I are saddened by the enormous loss of your sweet boy Jack. Even though we didn't know Jack, we've heard you speak...Read More »
27 of 46 | Posted by: Tricia Altimore - San Antonio, TX

“For the light you brought to the world in your short time with us, Jack, I thank you. Rest easy, Little One. Rest easy. ”
28 of 46 | Posted by: Michael Jerome Johnson

“Ah, Jack. Little One. You left us far too early. We never got to see you grow up, have a family, and enjoy life. All we have, now, are those precious...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Michael Jerome Johnson

“Bear and family. I am so sorry for the pain you are endudring now, I can only say we love you very much and are praying for you and yours.. ”
30 of 46 | Posted by: Wm.&Rose Meeks - Muskogee, OK

“I was so very sorry to hear of the tragic accident that took young Jack's life. Even thou I didn't know your precious little Jack, I can tell by his...Read More »
31 of 46 | Posted by: Carol Altimore Hansen - Houston, TX

“Gina, Your family and you are in my prayers! Your NDMOTC family is here to support you as well. We can help with meals, babysitting, errands, or...Read More »
32 of 46 | Posted by: Karen Murray - Allen, TX - friend

“John and Gina, stay strong in your relationship as this is the single best thing you can do to help your family get through this traumatic time. I am...Read More »
33 of 46 | Posted by: Scott Wylie - Ft. Collins, CO

“We are so sorry for your loss. Jack is in heaven watching over you. May God watch over you all, and help your memories ease some of the pain at...Read More »
34 of 46 | Posted by: Gerry DeBoo-Hayden - Mesquite, TX

“I'm so sorry for your terrible loss. You are all in my thoughts. ”
35 of 46 | Posted by: Wim Demeere

“Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all. ”
36 of 46 | Posted by: Kristina & Jay Stillsmoking

“Forever in our hearts, God's most handsome angel. ”
37 of 46 | Posted by: Brian, Sherri, Jessica and Taylor Rewiski - FL

“I dont have the words , just our prayers ”
38 of 46 | Posted by: Clint and Shannon Overland - TX

“Our deepest love and prayers are with you. Aunt Jo and Uncle Ken ”
39 of 46 | Posted by: Ken and Jo Murphy - FL

“My deepest condolences to John, Gina and the rest of the family for this tragic loss. ”
40 of 46 | Posted by: Anne Barkema

“My thoughts are with you and yours, I grieve with you. ”
41 of 46 | Posted by: Ian Hogan - Sydney Australia

“Dear John and Gina, Miles and I would like to express our sincere condolences. We will be thinking of you over here in Scotland. Donnla Nic...Read More »
42 of 46 | Posted by: Donnla Nic Gearailt - Edinburgh

“Many good thoughts to everyone Jack's life touched. Peace to him on the next leg of his journey. ”
43 of 46 | Posted by: Bert Edens

“I am so sorry to hear this. Sympathy & Prayers for all families involved. ”
44 of 46 | Posted by: Doyle & Janice Lange - Norton, TX

“Rest Ye Easy Now Young Jack. May God Bless And Have Mercy On The Family You, Much Too Soon, Left Behind. John, Gina And Children, Jack's Love For...Read More »
45 of 46 | Posted by: Theodore Showacre - Austin, TX

“John and Gina, I was so saddened to hear of this tragic loss in your family. I pray that you will find healing through this tragedy and that...Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: Jennifer Roberts Coates - MO


O'BRIEN, IV, JOHN CHARLES "JACK" born May 21, 2009 died suddenly in a tragic accident on February 20, 2013. In such a short time his endearing laugh, infectious smile, and tireless enthusiasm for life brought a lasting joy to all who knew and loved him. Jack was named for his great-grandfather, John C. "Jack" O'Brien Sr., and is survived by parents John and Gina, older sisters Nora and Julia, and little brothers Adam and Patrick; grandparents John and Sarah O'Brien of Dallas and Denis and Linda Niehues of San Angelo; great-grandmother Joy Hoelscher of San Angelo; as well as aunt Jennifer Kennedy, cousins Sean and Katelynd; uncle Todd and aunt Vicki O'Brien, cousins Michael and Matthew; uncle Greg and aunt Amy Niehues; aunt Cheryl and uncle Rico Forlano, cousins Sierra and Micaela; aunt Becky and uncle Courtney Strube, cousins Caylee and Reagan; aunt Cybill and uncle Donald Beiler, cousins Isaac and Bella; and numerous extended family. Visitation will be held at Restland Funeral Home Sunday evening from 6 to 8 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas on Monday, February 25th at noon, with interment immediately following at Restland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Jack's Mother's Day Out program at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (parishoffice@stmichaelgarland.org), the North Dallas Mothers of Twins Club (OBrienMemorial@ndmotc.org), the Esther and Jack O'Brien Scholarship Fund at Bishop Barry in St. Petersburg Florida (obrienscholarshipfund@gmail.com), or to the charity of your choice.