Vale Gerry O’Brien, Friends of Mays Hill

Chairman of the Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery group Gerard O'Brien has died after decades of service to the Holroyd community.

After his marriage to Pat Murray, Eastern suburbs-born Mr O’Brien moved to Merrylands to raise three sons.

In the ‘70s, he became a soccer referee for the Granville District. After retirement he started working for Baxter’s Buses, a job he loved.

In 1995, after his wife found out she had family buried in Mays Hill Cemetery, he became chairman of the Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery, a position he held until his death in early May.

It was a position he was very proud of and he worked hard at raising money for restorations. Gerry was also a member of the Friends of Linnwood from its earliest days.

As chair of the Friends of May's Hill Cemetery, Mr O'Brien was committed to the conservation and promotion of the 150-year-old cemetery, which documents many of the Holroyd district's pioneering families including several local identities associated with the nearby Presbyterian and Baptist churches.

Gerry was at the forefront of all the Friends' activities since the group was formed in 1995.

In 2006, he was nominated for a Holroyd council Heritage volunteer award.

Born in the Eastern Suburbs to Jack & Vida O’Brien and the youngest of three sons, Mr O’Brien grew up in Rosebery and finished his school life at Marist Bros. Randwick.

His working life was spent at Sydney airport working for Alitalia, Air New Zealand and Pan Am. His love of travel was with him all his life especially travelling around Australia.

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