Long-time Lodi resident, Edward Joseph O'Neill III, passed peacefully on July 5, 2014. Ed was born on February 4, 1939 to Aida and Edward O'Neill Jr. in Eureka, CA. Ed, also, met and married the love of his life, Cynthia Ann, in Eureka.
Ed retired after a lengthy career with the California Youth Authority. After his retirement he became a member of the San Joaquin County Retirement board and the State Association County Retirement Systems. During his 27 years on these two boards he served terms as Chairman (3 years) and President. He was the first Trustee to be named President of SACRS and served 3 terms. Ed was also an active member of the Native Sons of the Golden West (Ione) and Lodi Elks Lodge #1900. During his time as an Elk he served on numerous committees and served as Exhalted Ruler for 1 term.
Ed had a passion for camping, cooking and reading. Whether he was sleeping in a canvas tent or his rolling condo, he loved to explore a wide range of places. Ed's practice of making family out of friends has resulted in long standing friendships with people all over the world. This also let him to join a couple of RV groups, Yolo Tail-enders and Roamin' Grapes. Ed had a mind like a sponge and read constantly including daily doses of three papers and many books.
Ed is survived by his wife of 56 years, Cindy; 4 Daughters, Janet, Wendy, Kitty and Bridget; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Ed is also survived by his brother, Terry, his niece, Kit and nephews: Larry, Tom and Bob.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Kathryn; his brother, Bill and niece, Nancy.
Visitation will begin Wednesday at 9:00am at the Donahue Funeral Home in Lodi.
A vigil will be held Wednesday, July 9th at 7:00pm at the Donahue Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated July 10th at 10:00am at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Lockeford. Committal will follow at the Lodi Memorial Cemetery in Lodi.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from July 8 to July 15, 2014
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