Joseph William O'Brien, 96, of Roxbury died Aug. 31, 2010, at River Glen Health Care Center iin Southbury. He was the widower of Catherine (Frizzel) O'Brien.

Mr. O'Brien was born May 23, 1914, in Roxbury, son of the late Edward J. and Delia (Hart) O'Brien.

He attended Roxbury schools, with the first eight years in a one-room schoolhouse on Painter Hill Road, and his high school years at Booth Free School.

Mr. O'Brien worked on the family farm for many years, beginning at age 4.

Mr. O'Brien was also a caretaker for a Roxbury family and worked for several years at Carl & Walt's Garage in Woodbury. In 1954, he purchased the Roxbury Garage, retiring in 1965.

Thereafter, he worked as a mechanic for the State Highway Department in New Milford for 10 years.

Mr. O'Brien was a charter member and a former chief of the Roxbury Fire Department. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Roxbury.

Mr. O'Brien was named honorary mayor of Painter Hill by an official citation from the State of Connecticut on the occasion of his 90th birthday. In addition, Roxbury First Selectman Barbara Henry issued an official proclamation for the occasion.

His hobbies included woodworking and caring for his property, which included doing all his own mowing and snow and leaf removal into his 90s.

Mr. O'Brien was a daily patron at the Charcoal Chef in Woodbury for many years.

Mr. O'Brien was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Francis O'Brien.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 146, Roxbury, CT 06783.