Bob O’Neil was above all else a husband, a dad and a grandpa. His personality was bigger than life, he commanded attention, wanted the attention and his storytelling and his humor held our attention. He will be missed by his WHOLE his family, his neighbors, and his friends. He was loved and admired for the way he lived his life, his work ethic, his love of family and his pride in country. He left a lasting impression on everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He afforded us a wonderful life rich in traditions and we had everything we could ever need. His 57 year marriage to Mary Ellen or “Mary Kate” as he often called her was his greatest accomplishment. In the end her devotion to him and the care she gave showed what kind of love they shared- the kind that stands the tests of time. Bob O’Neil was the hardest working man we ever knew and he would tell you he was also the most handsome. He retired from the NYPD after 20 years (plus one day) of service and worked for another 30 plus years as a self-employed contractor, with Bob O’Neil painting. He was a perfectionist, he was honest, and he was meticulous. He never stopped working. Even at the end, he worried about jobs he needed to finish and estimates he had to give. Alzheimer’s took a lot from our dad. We all take comfort that he always knew who we were, he was always asking where his wife was and he knew he was loved.. Through it all his personality shined through and his eyes never lost their sparkle. We will miss the strength of our family’s tree but he taught us well and we will continue to live our lives in a way that will make him proud. Happy Birthday Handsome Bob.
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