Kade Edward O’Brien
Kade was a life-long resident of Honeoye Falls, NY. Growing up in the village with his immediate family as well as members of his extended family, he became extremely active in various aspects of the community. Kade graduated from Honeoye Falls-Lima High School (“HF-L”) in 2004.
Kade was an energetic young man who could almost always be found on an athletic field or in the weight room. He played soccer as a young boy and immediately traded the shin guards in for shoulder pads when he was of age to play football. Football became a major part of Kade’s life as he grew up and he would eventually join the wrestling and lacrosse teams as well. Kade became ever-committed to the weight room and maintaining an exceptional level of physical fitness which helped him become a dominant force on the field. Kade’s leadership qualities among his peers became obvious through athletics as he was somebody that could be counted on in all situations to do his job and to lead by example.
Kade put the same amount of time and effort into the classroom as he did onto the fields. Being less gifted academically as compared to athletically, Kade had to work extremely hard to achieve and maintain high academic standards throughout his high school career. Kade carried a B-average throughout high school and took great pride in succeeding in the classroom as well as in sports.
Immediately following high school graduation, Kade began training at Parris Island, South Carolina with the United States Marine Corps. Kade had the ambition to be a US Marine long before graduation, and he followed his dream right away. Kade participated in two deployments to Iraq as part of Operation: Iraqi Freedom. At the young age of 19, he served as Platoon Sergeant during his first deployment to Fallujah in 2006. Kade requested a second deployment and was granted his request in 2007. Kade served as Convoy Commander in Fallujah with the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion with great accountability. He was responsible for the complete readiness of over seventy armored vehicles as well as the readiness, abilities, and lives of over 100 men. Kade led his men with unwavering confidence and resolve and was recognized for saving several of those lives in combat conditions.
After returning from his second deployment and fulfilling his commitment to the Marine Corps, Kade decided to pursue a college education. He remained a member of the Marine In-active Ready Reserves and began taking classes at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Kade would also attend Lock Haven University in pursuit of education in both the Criminal Justice and Fitness/Recreation Management programs.
Kade was thrilled when his son, Noah, was born in January of 2010. In addition to helping to raise Noah, Kade was well on his way to obtaining a position with either the Sheriff’s Department or the United States Border Patrol. In his free time, Kade enjoyed lifting weights, playing sports, hunting, riding his motorcycle, going for walks and playing with his dogs, attending worship on Sundays, and spending quality time with his friends. Kade was always eager to go to the next Bills game, but would be quick to remind everyone that he was a die-hard Steelers fan. He was trying to learn the rules of hockey and was becoming quite the Buffalo Sabres fan during the winter season.
Most of all, Kade loved his country, his family & friends, and his son. Kade was eager to help family (or anybody for that matter) with any type of issues that they had and would be the first one at their side when needed. Kade wanted more than anything to be a good and loving father and he was learning how to be one. The love that Kade showed for Noah was undeniable and has rubbed off on the rest of his family and close friends. Noah is a constant reminder of Kade’s wonderful smile, stubborn attitude, and infectious personality.
Kade Edward O’Brien was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident, of which he had no fault, which occurred on April 10, 2011. Kade was steadfast in his fight to survive but ultimately answered a higher calling on April 11, 2011. His family and friends continue to mourn, though they take some comfort in the legacy that he has left the world. Kade will be forever remembered for his integrity, courage, discipline, patriotism, ambition, kindness, love, and “jump in and make it happen” attitude.
Though the world is a lesser place without him, Kade O’Brien’s spirit continues to live on through his friends, his family, and beautiful son, Noah.
Credit to Joe Brucato and Avenged Sevenfold for the musical contributions in the above video.