James R. O'Brien
James R. O’Brien, 86, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Mineville, NY on August 23, 1930, he was the son of Patrick and Helen O’Brien.
Jim was a graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy and started his career as a pharmacist working for Harvey Co Pharmacy and MacFinn Pharmacy in Saratoga Springs. In 1954, he moved to Ballston Spa and worked at Lattimore Pharmacy.
On October 1, 1960, he bought the pharmacy and O’Brien’s Pharmacy was established. He loved his customers and always had a story to share. When he wasn’t at the pharmacy, Jim enjoyed gardening, movies and reading a good book. There was no Western in print or on film he didn’t know by heart. Of course he loved all things Irish.
He was predeceased by his wife Alberta, daughter Suzanne, and brothers Arthur and Patrick. Jim is survived by his son Sean O’Brien (Mary) of Ballston Spa, daughter Sharon Baker-Anderson of Ballston Spa, son in law Ricky Baker (Cheri) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Michael Baker, Melissa Wyatt (Bryan), Meghan Baker, Michelle Baker, Devin O’Brien, and Hannah O’Brien, sister Rosemary Bigelow (Galen) of Westport, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, February 15 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 14 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.
Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.