Daniel Patrick 'Papa' O'Neill Jr.
formerly of Wilmington, Air Force Vet; 71
BALTIMORE, MD -- Daniel Patrick O'Neill Jr., age 71, of Baltimore, MD, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at his home following a lengthy illness on December 23, 2013.
Born in Lowell, MA on March 29, 1942, Dan was the cherished son of the late Alice (Gath) O'Neill and Daniel Patrick O'Neill Sr. Dan was raised in Lowell and graduated from Lowell Vocational School.
Following high school, Dan enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served his country proudly and was honorably discharged in 1968.
After returning home from the service, Dan married his love, Joan of Wilmington on July 24, 1971. Dan and Joan made their home in Wilmington in 1978, where they lived for 25 years and raised their three wonderful children. Dan and Joan were devoted members of their church and loved to vacation in Florida with many friends especially Nick and Judy Delninno. Dan or "Papa" as he was known could always be spotted driving around Wilmington in his trademark El Camino.
Dan retired after 15+ years as a custodian for the Town of Wilmington; working full time at the Wilmington High School. He was a devoted follower of the high school football team and enjoyed spending time with his co-workers. Prior to his time with the Town of Wilmington Dan worked as a painter and a machinist. Dan enjoyed reading, playing keno, scratching scratch tickets or just sitting out on his deck. He and Joan loved their longtime pet Chihuahua, Riggins, anyone that would visit would always see Riggins right by their side.
Dan was the beloved husband 42 years to Joan A. (Aruda) O'Neill; devoted father of Lisa O'Neill Flanagan and her husband, Scott of Somerville, Leanne O'Neill Tilton and her husband, Michael of Baltimore, and Stephen and his wife, Krysta of Wilmington; loving and adored "Papa" of Jessica and Julius Thompson, Ricky and Charissa Tilton, Candi and Jen Morgan, and Shane O'Neill; his sisters, Maureen Toupin and her husband, Roland of Dracut, and the late Annmarie Ogden and her husband, Robert of Dunstable; dear brother-in-law of Barry Aruda of Maine, Cindy Poulin and her husband, Fred of Fall River, and Wayne Aruda and his wife, Mary of Wilmington.
O'NEILL -- Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 25th, for Visiting Hours from 3-6 p.m. and will conclude with Military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel's name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com
Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.
187 Middlesex Avenue Wilmington, MA 01887
Published in Lowell Sun on Jan. 19, 2014