Jeffrey Paul O’Brien, 49, of Kansas City, passed away on May 3rd, 2021 after his valiant battle with cancer.

Our beloved Jeff was born in Enid, Oklahoma to mother Nancy (Wolfe) McCoy (step-father, Stephen Harrison McCoy, deceased ) and  father Donald Carney O’Brien. He graduated from Grandview High School and later attended UMKC. Traveling was a favorite interest of Jeff’s, especially his trip backpacking through Europe. He always found his way back home to Kansas City, cheering on the KC Chiefs and KC Royals.

“Jefe” was known for being the best boss and mentor, including making the best Mojitos in KC. He brought to life many KC area restaurants, most recently as General Manager of the Summit Group. Jeff loved his work families from re:Verse, Boru, Summit Grill North and South, Pearl Tavern, Third Street Social, and many others, always welcoming all with that adorable smile, quick wit, and a heart pure of gold is what everyone loved about Jeff. He truly loved his coworkers and they enjoyed many fun times together.

“OB1” also cherished his best buds, most from high school, Troy Angell, Brian Daigle, Ken Hornbuckle, Brandon Hughes, Tom Johnson, Brannon Murray, Nate Murray, Langston Parker, Joal Payne, Kyle Slattery, and Brian Tate…a thick group of brothers who looked out for each other throughout their shenanigans.

Jeff will be dearly missed by all, especially his parents, sisters Pam O’Brien, Beth (Eric) Dickey, Jessica McCoy and brother Matt McCoy, niece Breck, nephews Cameron and Cole, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, the love of his life, and his darling rescue dog Griff.

Sweet Jeff loved the adventures of life, including canoe trips, lake trips, live music, fine wine and dining, and a good-hearted conversation about life. He had a genuine soul and was full of charismatic energy. We will all miss your “smile lighting up the room”…haha.  Debbie said it best, “Welp, you stubborn man, you did it. You accomplished the ultimate Irish goodbye.”

Special thanks to cousin Lisa Lewis and the kind doctors and nurses at University of Kansas -Cancer Center, especially Erin Carroll.

A memorial gathering will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit on Tuesday, May 11th  with visitation at 11:00am , with a funeral mass at 12:00pm.

A Celebration of Life following at:  Phosphor Studios, 1730 Broadway Blvd Kansas City, MO  64108.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to KC Pet Project or American Cancer Society.  Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.




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