FRAMINGHAM – Jack died early in the pandemic when restrictions were in place. His family is now pleased to invite extended family and friends to celebrate his life on Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 with an 11 a.m. Memorial Mass at St. Tarcisius Church, 562 Waverley St. (Rt. 135) Framingham followed by a luncheon at Columbus Hall, 11 Fountain St. Framingham.
John J. O’Neil Jr. “Jack”, 68, died peacefully at his home on March 14, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Boston to the late John Sr. and Rita (Kirchgassner) O’Neil.
He spent his formative years in Holliston before moving to Framingham in 1974. He leaves his wife of 45 years, Marguerite “Peggy” (Barbieri) O’Neil.
He was the proud father of three sons, Christopher and his wife, Mila of Framingham, Michael and his wife Katherine of Natick and has been reunited with his beloved son, Timothy who died in 2014. He leaves his two precious grandsons, Timothy Joseph and John Christopher.
He is survived by his siblings, Margaret Forrest and her husband Rodney of Londonderry, NH, and Mary Remeika of Arlington.
His brother James P. O’Neil of Ashland, died, September 26, 2020. He was son-in-law of the late Joseph and Marguerite Barbieri and brother-in-law of Kathryn Tomasetti and her late husband, Russell, Joseph Barbieri and his wife June, and John Barbieri. He also leaves several nieces, nephews and friends including his close pal, James Bamforth.
Jack was a 1969 graduate of Marian High in Framingham and earned his B.S. in Plastics Engineering from UMass Lowell. He was employed at Color Technology for more than 34 years.
As an active member of Knights of Columbus, Coeur de Leon council #87, he served two terms as Grand Knight. He was also a fourth-degree member of the Edward McSweeney Assembly and held the office of District Deputy, class of 2007, for the state of Massachusetts. Being a Knight was meaningful to him and he was proud of their charitable works, especially those that helped children with disabilities.
A devout Catholic, he has served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Tarcisius. He has been a member of the Neocathechumenal Way since 2005. His faith sustained him during many difficult times.
He was very involved in his boys’ sports and rarely missed one of their sporting activities from T-Ball through Chris’ college football games. Along with Peggy, he coordinated the St. Tarcisius CYO basketball program for ten years.
Jack has faced many health issues over the years. He was on dialysis for end stage renal disease until nine years ago when his son, Michael donated his kidney to him which resulted in a successful transplant. Jack was always so grateful for this treasured gift!
He was a kind, wonderful family man and will be missed by many. He was known for his great sense of humor which he kept until the very end.
Per Jack’s wishes, donations may be made in his memory to: Redemptoris Mater Seminary, 774 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-2501.