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Sean O’brien

Sean founded Go Commando in late 2010 and as a result of wanting to give something back to the community of Taunton who had supported him throughout his own recovery journey and much publicised media coverage of the pioneering surgery he underwent. Sean had a long history of illness having recovered from life threatening liver transplant surgery a few years back when the odds were stacked against survival. He returned to a relatively normal life aided by medication but mainly through his strength of character.

40 Commando Royal Marines had returned to Taunton in late 2010 after an arduous tour of deployment to Afghanistan, resulting in the tragic loss of 14 of their men. With a love of the RM Corps and as a fit and healthy young man, Sean had a passion to ‘join up’ himself. Breaking a leg ended Sean’s dream of becoming a Royal Marine and he entered the commercial business world where over the years he became a successful business man and was a well respected and popular figure in the business community of Taunton and the wider region. Sean decided to form a charity to support the families of the men of 40 Commando RM. Little did Sean realise how Go Commando would be embraced by the families he set out to support and how the awareness would grow. In it’s fourth year of existence, Go Commando released a statement showing how the first milestone amount in excess of £100,000 raised had been distributed. Now moving up to another level, the charity is in a position to begin reaching out across the wider RM Corps and help families from other Units and parts of the country. Sean was pleased to see the relationship grow with the RMCTF who now embrace Go Commando as a working partner and in 2013, the charity were included as a member of the RNRMC Grant Giving Scheme.

Through his own group of businesses, Sean also set up a charitable Foundation in 2013 to assist young people in the community start out on their adult lives through education and careers guidance. Sean leaves Go Commando as his legacy and the Board of Trustees will continue to work hard supporting the cause which he so believed in and which has without doubt become a valuable part of the support network for the RM Corps Family.

Sean sadly passed away on 4th March 2014. He had been battling against the return of terminal cancer in his last few months, and showed much courage and determination as he fought to the very end, always remaining upbeat and in good humour. Sean’s funeral was attended by over 400 people wanting to pay their final respect and the occasion was marked by the attendance of 40 Commando Royal Marines who graciously accompanied Sean with a Guard of Honour to his final resting place and the Last Post played by an RM Bugler. Indeed a unique gesture for a man who was not a serving or even former Royal, but had the respect of the RM Corps at the highest level.

Sadly missed by all who knew him.