Howard Francis O’Brien III, 62: A legal and lyrical wordsmith

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HARPSWELL – Howard O’Brien III died June 3 at his home.

O’Brien was born July 12, 195, in Providence, R.I., to Howard O’Brien II and the late Virginia Arruda O’Brien.

He was a graduate of Delasalle High School, in Bristol, R.I.  He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and graduated from the University of Maine Law School, where he received his doctoral degree in law.

On March 1, 1980, he married Esther Cushman of Cumberland. They were married 32 years.

O’Brien worked as a business owner, entrepreneur and assistant district attorney in Portland. Professionally, he was last known as a prominent criminal defense attorney with the firm of Strike, Goodwin & O’Brien in Portland. He was a member of the Inns of Court and of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He enjoyed reading, was a master bridge player and was active in the local bridge club.  He had a passion for music and played guitar and wrote lyrics for more than 400 songs.  He loved football and the New York Yankees, and he was commissioner of several fantasy baseball and football leagues. He was a deacon of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Portland. For many years he was active in youth ministry and as a little league baseball coach.

O’Brien was predeceased by his sister, Cheryl O’Brien.

He was survived by his wife, Esther; daughters, Rachel Reeves and her husband, Glenn, of Cape Elizabeth, and their children Evan and Ella, Amanda Bouchard of Westport Island with her children Emilienne, Madeline, Leonard and Lillian; and  Courtney O’Brien and husband, Kevin, of Bath, and their daughter Josephine; sons, Howard O’Brien IV and his wife, Tracy, of Portland, Corey O’Brien and his wife, Melissa, of Durham, and their daughter, Molly, and Roarke O’Brien of Falmouth; his father, Howard O’Brien II of Bristol, R.I.; his brother, William O’Brien and his wife, Sue, of Bristol, R.I.; and his in-laws Donna and Lee Cushman of Turner.

A ceremony was held June 9 at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Church. Flowers or donations toward medical expenses are welcomed. Arrangements were by Stetson’s Funeral Home, where memorial condolences may be expressed at

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