Charles R. O’Neill, Sr.
Charles R. O’Neill, Sr., known to those of us who loved him as “Charlie”, “Dad”, and “Grandpa”, passed away at the age of 94 on December 1, 2018, in Jensen Beach, FL. Charlie was born May 17, 1924 in Pond Eddy, NY, the youngest of six children of Eugene (“Teddy”) and Daisy O’Neill. He is predeceased by his loving wife Marjorie, parents, sister Anna, and brothers Raymond, Bernard (“Bun”), Eugene (“Gene”), and Francis (“Dutch”).
Charlie served in France and Germany during World War II in Patton’s First Infantry (the “Big Red 1”). His uniform bears the US Army Bronze Star, the American Theater Ribbon, the EAME Theater Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Medal, as well as the French Fourragere.
Charlie married Marjorie (“Margie”) Stewart of Port Jervis on June 9, 1946. Following his marriage, Charlie owned and operated a service station and worked for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad in Port Jervis. In the early-1950s, Charlie was hired as a Forest Ranger for what was then the New York State Conservation Department (later the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) and moved his family to Liberty, NY. While in Liberty, Charlie also served as a volunteer fireman and an auxiliary police officer for the Liberty Police Department. In 1957, the O’Neills moved to Glen Spey, NY, where they raised their three sons, Charles Jr. (“Chuck”), Gary and Lash. While in Glen Spey, Charlie also served as an officer for the Town of Lumberland Constabulary. Following his retirement as a Forest Ranger, Charlie served as a Sullivan County Deputy Sherriff. He and Margie retired to Florida in the early-1980s.
Charlie is survived by his son Charles R. O'Neill, Jr. (Chuck) and daughter-in-law Margaret of Honeoye Falls, NY; son Gary T. O’Neill of Jensen Beach, FL; son Lash J. O’Neill of FL; beloved granddaughter Meghan O’Neill McDonald, grandson-in-law Luke and great-granddaughter Alivia Joy of Rego Park, NY; numerous nieces, nephews, and sisters-in-law.
A memorial service will be held tentatively in May 2019 at the Glen Spey Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771. 845.856.5191. For additional information or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.