Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
In 1942, Thomas P. O’Brien moved his funeral home from downtown Bristol where it had been located since its founding in 1909 to 24 Lincoln Avenue in Forestville. At that time, wakes were held in the homes of the deceased. Mr. O’Brien foresaw a gradual shift in this practice and wanted to provide a facility that could maintain the ambiance of that traditional atmosphere which he felt was an important part of helping people deal with their loss. The O’Brien Funeral Home has since stood as an emotional landmark for many Bristol and Forestville families.
The house at 24 Lincoln Avenue was built in 1890 as a wedding gift from Elias N. Welch to his daughter H. Drusilla Mitchell. A distinct feature of the home is the front facing East Main Street. It was designed to resemble a river showboat with it’s rounded stern and double deck. A vast green lawn still graces the side and front of the home. Inside, many antiques compliment the intricate and beautiful woodwork. A sweeping foyer hall, cathedral ceilings and lavish wrap around porch complete this Victorian masterpiece.
We at O’Brien Funeral Home continue to operate our business in the unique environment of dignity and elegance established by our founder.
Our Valued Staff
Thomas P. O'Brien, Location Manager
Thomas P. O’Brien, a lifelong resident of Bristol, is a graduate of Boston College and a licensed Funeral Director. Tom follows his father and grandfather in managing the O'Brien Funeral Home. Tom and his wife Marie live in Bristol.
Eric G. Granados
Eric G. Granados has been with O’Brien Funeral Home since 2000. He received his mortuary degree, from The New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. Eric resides in Bristol and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Jay joined the O'Brien Funeral Home on March 2011. A 1975 graduate of the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, he has been a licensed funeral director in Connecticut for over 30 years. He is an active Mason, Shriner and Kiwanian.
Michele J. Wegner
Michele J. Wegner, of Farmington, has been with O’Brien Funeral Home since 2013. Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Chemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN in 1997. She also received her commission into the U.S. Army through the University of Notre Dame serving on active duty in the Engineer Corps until leaving the service as a Captain in 2001. She went on to work for The Stanley Works, New Britain, CT in various Operations positions. During this time, she graduated Valedictorian receiving her degree in Mortuary Science from Briarwood College, Southington in 2005 and has been a practicing funeral director and embalmer since then.