Longtime Complete Coach Works General Sales Manager Kevin O’Brien, who died in a car crash on April 26 at age 65, is being remembered as a friend and colleague.
The details of the accident are unknown, and the authorities are investigating the incident.
His colleagues describe O’Brien as a free spirit who pursued his passions and interests with great enthusiasm. He began his career in the transit industry a decade before joining the CCW team in Riverside, California, 22 years ago, serving as its general sales manager and supervising a spectrum of projects involving mid-life vehicle rehabilitation, collision repair and full remanufacturing. CCW is the largest bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company in the United States and a pioneer in alternative and hybrid vehicle technology.
He earned the respect of his peers for his unwavering commitment to excellence and his natural talent for problem-solving. He was a leader who inspired his team to always aim for excellence, the company said in a poignant note announcing O’Brien’s passing.
A leader and a friend
“Our organization could never have been the same without Kevin, and his contributions will be remembered for years to come,” said Brad Carson, Chief Operating Officer of CCW. “He was a trusted colleague who had a solution to every problem. He truly embodied the values of our company and will be deeply missed.”
Carson describes O’Brien as not just a great colleague and leader but a friend to all who knew him, always ready to offer a listening ear or a helping hand. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Carson said, O’Brien’s warm personality and caring nature gave him an exceptional ability to forge meaningful personal connections and lift the spirits of those around him.
His kind heart, infectious laugh, and unique sense of humor left a lasting impression on everyone who crossed his path, Carson noted.
“Kevin was one of the most genuine and caring individuals I have ever met,” Carson said. “He lived his life with honesty, integrity, and kindness, and he will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
O’Brien is survived by his children, siblings, nieces, nephews, and a large extended family.
Details regarding the services to celebrate his life will be shared when they are available.