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1967 Christopher 2023

Christopher O'Brien

January 23, 1967 — December 8, 2023

YOUNGSTOWN — Christopher O’Brien, 56, passed away Friday, December 8, 2023 at his home after a very courageous and hard-fought battle with glioblastoma. 

Chris was born in Canfield and graduated from Canfield High School in 1986. He was very family and people oriented. He loved planning yearly outings for his entire family, be it trips to amusement parks, zoos, train rides or other excursions. During his many years as a Boy Scout leader, he enjoyed teaching young people, including instructing in many merit badges. 

Chris was a jack of all trades. His passion was woodworking, and he loved building and refurbishing pieces of old furniture, or “history,” as he called it. He thrived on projects of demoing, redesigning and rebuilding from the ground up.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Louise Stein O’Brien; and his mother-in-law, Jeanette Bindas Mulhall. 

He leaves his wife, Cindy Mulhall O’Brien, whom he married Sept. 10, 1994. He leaves his son, Kyle O’Brien of Boardman; and his granddaughter, Alivia Santiago. He further leaves his brother, Bill (Linda) O’Brien of Austintown; his sisters, Peg, (Dennis) Wade of Austintown, Cathy (Jack) Trella of Youngstown and Sharon (Rick) Bates; and his pseudo-siblings/cousins, Mary Bodnovich of Canfield and Tom Bodnovich of Poland. Lastly, he leaves his father-in-law, Michael Mulhall of Boardman; and sisters-in-law, Melissa (Joe) Protein of Austintown and Michelle (Joe) Snyder of Springfield.

Family and friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, at the Higgins Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, and 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023. from 10:30 to 11 a.m. 

A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. 

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences to the family.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Monday, December 11, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home - Austintown Chapel

4303 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44515

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

11:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home - Austintown Chapel

4303 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44515

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