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Shaun O’Neill
  • March 29, 1946
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  • February 05, 2021

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Shaun O’Neill, 74, New Smyrna Beach FL passed away Friday, February 5, 2021 after a short illness with cancer.

Shaun was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone and never asked for anything in return. He was born in Pittsfield, MA March 29, 1046 to James and Marion O’Neill along with two brothers Paul and John and one sister Shelia.

He was a 25 year veteran of the US Navy serving during Vietnam, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. He also worked in the HVAC industry following retirement.

Shaun and his wife of 52 years Joyce, bought a RV and traveled the country as work campers seeing most of the country and making many friends along the way before finally retiring in New Smyrna Beach FL.

He was a Little League coach, Boy Scout leader and was involved in many other activities with his three sons Troy, Shaun and Brian. He was a super dad and wonderful husband. He has five grandchildren,  three great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Committal services will be at Georgia Veteran’s Cemetery at a later date.

 

 


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  1. 15 Feb 2021
    Matthew Oneill posted an image:
    Botanical gardens 2016
    Botanical gardens 2016

  2. 15 Feb 2021
    Matthew Oneill posted an image:
    4 generations
    4 generations

  3. 15 Feb 2021
    Matthew Oneill posted an image:
    Christmas 2016
    Christmas 2016

  4. 15 Feb 2021
    Matthew Oneill says:
    My grandfather taught me many things that ill carry with me for the rest of my life. He was A hardworking family man from our greatest generation. A Navy veteran of 25 years He loved his country and his family with a passion that few ever experience. Whenever I look back at my life I hope to be half the man he was. I remember being wrestled into a box as a young man, laughing and squirming to break free my grandfather would hold me into place with one hand smiling from ear to ear. I can honestly say my grandfather was the toughest man I ever knew. He could fix anything, I have so many great memories of my dad and him fixing things from cars to plumbing, electrical and air conditioners really everything. Watching my grandfather work on things instilled in me the value that just about everything can be fixed given the effort. I can only imagine the hearts that my grandfather touched with his time on earth he will always be my hero and my idea of the greatest generation ever. The love that he had for my grandmother is something I hope we all get to experience at some point points our lives. I will always cherish the times at my grandparents house as a kid with my cousin eating freshly grown cucumbers off the vine and going yardsaling with my grandmother. I love and miss you granddaddy I know that you are watching down on us and that we will see you again one day - Love matt and my little family of O'Neill's we will always carry your last name with pride

  5. 15 Feb 2021
    Matthew Oneill lit a candle:
    Lit since February 15, 2021 at 2:51:53 AM

  6. 14 Feb 2021
    Sherry Tromotola says:
    Von And I will miss you Shaun. You were such a wonderful, loving soul. I'm sure your in Heaven with all the angels. God Bless you. May God comfort your lovely wife Joyce and all your children. You will be in our hearts for eternity.
    Love,
    Sherry & Von Dennis

  7. 14 Feb 2021
    Chip Allen says:
    A caring, generous, big hearted man it was my great privilege to have Shaun as a true friend. His friendship and sense of humor made going to work each day something to look forward to. I'll never forget some of his practical jokes whether it was swiping our boss's "US Army retired" hat, freezing it solid in the subzero blast freezer and putting it back on his desk when he wasn't looking or sneaking a baby elephant into the director's office when the circus was on base. Then there was Lucky, the green haired troll doll he velcroed down to the dashboard of his work truck. When Shaun pulled into the parking lot in the afternoon the direction Lucky was facing indicated the type of day Shaun was having. If Lucky was smiling it was a good day. If Lucky was facing the other way ......
    Shaun, my friend, you will be missed.

  8. 14 Feb 2021
    Joyce Oneill posted an image:
    52 years February 14th, 1969 till February 14th, 2021. Happy Valentine's day and happy anniversary Shaun.  Love forever.
    52 years February 14th, 1969 till February 14th, 2021. Happy Valentine's day and happy anniversary Shaun. Love forever.

  9. 14 Feb 2021
    Joyce Oneill says:
    Thank you Elaine for the beautiful picture of your mom and Shawn together they are reminiscing for sure now in heaven together

  10. 13 Feb 2021
    Heather posted an image:
    Pop in the lead....only for a minute
    Pop in the lead....only for a minute

  11. 13 Feb 2021
    Heather posted an image:
    Mom & dad
    Mom & dad

  12. 13 Feb 2021
    Heather posted an image:
    Snow day
    Snow day

  13. 13 Feb 2021
    Heather posted an image:
    Bike riding
    Bike riding

  14. 13 Feb 2021
    Heather posted an image:
    Pop & Booger
    Pop & Booger

  15. 13 Feb 2021
    Heather posted an image:
    Pop, mom, Troy & Shaun
    Pop, mom, Troy & Shaun

  16. 13 Feb 2021
    Heather posted an image:
    Pop w baby pigs
    Pop w baby pigs

  17. 12 Feb 2021
    Brian O'Neill posted an image:
    My father was what the Navy calls a Plank Owner, meaning he was a member of a ship's first crew. It is a big deal to help commission a Navy vessel and I am pretty sure dad did it for at least two ships. This is his certificate for the U.S.S. Grapple. He spent weeks in Wisconsin, assisting in the submarine tender's launch. I went to visit and spent a week with dad in Sturgeon Bay. It was a blast. I got to tour the ship, we went to a fish boil, we drove all around the peninsula and I got to see a part of the country I had never seen before. My father always ignited in me a deep curisorty about the world and a sense of adventure. I remember when I was a very young kid-7 or 8-dad had purchased a set encyclopedias for the house. I remember laying in the hallway and reading those books from cover to cover and later talking to dad about what I had discovered. Thank you, dad, for all your inspiration.
    My father was what the Navy calls a Plank Owner, meaning he was a member of a ship's first crew. It is a big deal to help commission a Navy vessel and I am pretty sure dad did it for at least two ships. This is his certificate for the U.S.S. Grapple. He spent weeks in Wisconsin, assisting in the submarine tender's launch. I went to visit and spent a week with dad in Sturgeon Bay. It was a blast. I got to tour the ship, we went to a fish boil, we drove all around the peninsula and I got to see a part of the country I had never seen before. My father always ignited in me a deep curisorty about the world and a sense of adventure. I remember when I was a very young kid-7 or 8-dad had purchased a set encyclopedias for the house. I remember laying in the hallway and reading those books from cover to cover and later talking to dad about what I had discovered. Thank you, dad, for all your inspiration.

  18. 12 Feb 2021
    Brian O'Neill posted an image:


  19. 12 Feb 2021
    Brian O'Neill says:
    My father is the best person I have ever known. He is everything anyone could want as a dad. He was my little league coach and he took the job when no one else would do it and he lead us to the championship. We came in second but every kid on the team got to play and he made each of us feel special. He always treated everyone with kindness. I have lots of stories and lots of photo I will try to post. I love you, dad. I love you, mom. I love you Troy and Shaun.

  20. 11 Feb 2021
    Joyce Oneill says:
    Thank you everyone for the kind words

  21. 11 Feb 2021
    Joyce Oneill says:
    Thank you Denise for those kind words. We sure did have a good time on the farm.

  22. 11 Feb 2021
    Elaine Latura lit a candle:
    Lit since February 11, 2021 at 2:56:49 PM

  23. 11 Feb 2021
    Elaine Latura posted an image:
    Mom and Uncle Shaun are together again in heaven. RIP Uncle Shaun. You are a great guy, may our memories of you and with you live for all eternity.
    Mom and Uncle Shaun are together again in heaven. RIP Uncle Shaun. You are a great guy, may our memories of you and with you live for all eternity.

  24. 11 Feb 2021
    Paul & Jackie says:
    Paul & I won't forget the time you were kind enough let us spend the night on our way to Cape Hatteras. We laughed a lot. Shaun took us on a tour through the war building ! we were afraid we 'd get arrested. you treated us like royalty. Shaun gave everything we needed. Southern Hospitality is alive & well in your house. We'll miss him very much but never forget him or you Joyce.
    Paul & Jackie ONeill

  25. 11 Feb 2021
    Shaun O'Neill says:
    My Grandfather Shaun was the smartest, nicest, most hard working man I've ever known. I have a lot of good memories I will always keep near and dear to my heart. I remember growing up, my dad would pick me up and we would drive all the way to Virginia Beach to visit them. I used to always have a blast and be so excited to be seeing and spending time with my grandaddy Shaun and grandma Joyce. My grandmother would always cook a big breakfast in the mornings and me and grandaddy Shaun would watch old cartoons like "the pinky and the brain". I remember thinking as a kid that was so cool. He was also one of the funniest people I've ever known. He always had funny jokes. I remember going up there one time as a kid on Christmas eve, my grandmother was trying to get me to bed to open presents in the morning and grandaddy shaun stomped up the stairs with some bells and said "Ho, Ho, Ho!". Grandma Joyce said shhh, hurry up and say your prayers and go to sleep, Santa Claus is here! I remember trying to hurry to go to sleep. He had me from that day a very firm believer in Santa Claus. In my teenage years, my grandparents retired and bought a nice camper and traveled around the U.S. They would send my dad tickets to all kinds of fun stuff like dollywood in Tennessee and theme parks in Florida. He fought for his country for 25 years, was a Virginia state police when my dad was born, was a HVAC mechanic, and could do anything from electrical to building whatever he put his mind too. I'll always love and miss you grandaddy Shaun. - Bubba

  26. 11 Feb 2021
    Shaun O'Neill lit a candle:
    Lit since February 11, 2021 at 2:57:00 PM

  27. 11 Feb 2021
    Denise (Dee-Dee) O'Neill Bouchard says:
    I will always remember our great times when we were all together on the farm. Wish we could have been closer. I know you are watching over Aunt Joyce and the kids. You will be deeply missed Uncle Shaun.

  28. 11 Feb 2021
    Shaun O’Neill says:
    My father was the best man I have ever known. He was the smartest and the most hardworking person I have known. He always took time for the family and would do without just so we had what we needed. Thanks Dad, I love you.

  29. 11 Feb 2021
    Shaun lit a candle:
    Lit since February 11, 2021 at 2:28:08 AM

  30. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill posted an image:
    Our family, always blessed.
    Our family, always blessed.

  31. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill posted an image:
    Troy and dad... Christmas was always good.
    Troy and dad... Christmas was always good.

  32. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill posted an image:
    Mom and dad... Apart for just a short time...then together for ever safe with Jesus.
    Mom and dad... Apart for just a short time...then together for ever safe with Jesus.

  33. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill posted an image:
    Brian and dad...dad won!
    Brian and dad...dad won!

  34. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill posted an image:
    Memories.
    Memories.

  35. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill says:
    Georgia and Luke. My mother and i think that we are very blessed to have heather in our family. She is one of us now and always will be. She has helped us tremendously and we love her very much.

  36. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill says:
    The house seems empty now. My mom and me are going to have to get used to this new normal. The best father in the world is not here now. If there was ever a man destined for heaven it was my father. He was my problem solver and he always had my back, through good times and bad times my rock throughout my entire life. Now we will try to get through this life with the wisdom...and joy that my dad left us with. We will make it and thank all of you for your kind words and prayers. We have the comfort of knowing we will all be together again.
    I love you dad.

  37. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill lit a candle:
    Lit since February 10, 2021 at 2:49:25 PM

  38. 10 Feb 2021
    Wendy Richards lit a candle:
    Lit since February 10, 2021 at 2:37:06 PM

  39. 10 Feb 2021
    Heather O’Neill posted an image:
    Dad & Shaun at airshow
    Dad & Shaun at airshow

  40. 10 Feb 2021
    Heather O’Neill posted an image:
    Dad goofing around
    Dad goofing around

  41. 10 Feb 2021
    Heather O’Neill posted an image:
    Dad, Shaun, Brian
    Dad, Shaun, Brian

  42. 10 Feb 2021
    Luke & Georgia Luesing says:
    Our prayers are with each of you during you time of loss. Thank you for accepting our daughter (Heather) into your family as your own. Love you❤️

  43. 10 Feb 2021
    Ossie & Retha Malphrus lit a candle:
    Lit since February 10, 2021 at 2:16:10 PM

  44. 10 Feb 2021
    Luke & Georgia Luesing lit a candle:
    Lit since February 10, 2021 at 2:08:12 PM

  45. 10 Feb 2021
    Heather O’Neill says:
    Pop was a very special man. He welcomed me into the family with open arms & made me feel like I have been a part of it my whole life. He had a kid at heart playfulness that made him a lot of fun to be around. Shaun says pop was a dad who was always present as he grew up. Always available, always helping, always there. He will be greatly missed, but will always be in our hearts.

  46. 10 Feb 2021
    Heather O’Neill lit a candle:
    Lit since February 10, 2021 at 2:22:28 PM

  47. 10 Feb 2021
    Troy Oneill posted an image:
    Shaun with his son, grandson and great grandson.
    Shaun with his son, grandson and great grandson.

  48. 10 Feb 2021
    Joyce Oneill lit a candle:
    Lit since February 10, 2021 at 2:33:50 AM

  49. 09 Feb 2021
    Heather O’Neill posted an image:
    Mom, dad, Brian, Shaun and Troy
    Mom, dad, Brian, Shaun and Troy

  50. 09 Feb 2021
    Heather O’Neill posted an image:
    Mom & dad
    Mom & dad

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