Thomas H. ONeil, of Framingham, died peacefully, Thursday, June 24, 2010 at Metrowest Medical Center surrounded and cared for by his loving family. He was the husband of 59 years to Elizabeth Betty J. (Emery) ONeil of Framingham. Born in Leominster, he was the youngest son of the late Charles S. and Anna (Anglim) ONeil. Mr. ONeil graduated from Leominster High School class of 1944, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a radioman aboard the USS Duluth in the Pacific during WWII. He attended Brown University before graduating from the University of Vermont in 1951. He served his country again from 1951 -1953 as a communication officer in the Marine Corps. He was a salesman for Behr Manning Corp., Gardner Industrial Supply, and Norton Corporation before launching his own business, Northeast Construction Products Co., Inc., which he ran for 25 years. In his retirement years, Mr. ONeil was elected to the Town Meeting of Framingham. He served as a chair of the Standing Committee on Planning and Zoning for many years, and was a tireless advocate for town residents on issues that affected Framingham neighborhoods. He was a member of St. Bridgets Parish, where he served as an usher. Besides his wife Betty he is survived by his children, John E. ONeil and his wife Dr. Cathy Sims-ONeil of Albany, NY, Charles J. ONeil and his wife Rosario Alvarez-ONeil of Southborough, Mary Ann Cutting and her husband Captain Jonathan P. Cutting, MC,USN of Chesapeake, VA, and Paul F. ONeil of Stratham, NH. He is also survived by eight cherished grandchildren, Kelsey, Brian, Michael, Anna, Claire, Sean, Thomas and Jon Carlos, and a great-granddaughter, Lilah. He was the brother of the late Anne ONeil McGrath and Edward C. ONeil. Relatives & friends are invited to attend his funeral on Tuesday, June 29, at 8 AM from the Norton Funeral Home, www.nortonfuneralhome.com 53 Beech Street (corner of Union Ave), Framingham, followed by his funeral Mass at 9 AM in St. Bridgets Church, Route 9, near Framingham Center. Burial will take place at 12 PM at St. Leos Cemetery, Leominster. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Monday from 5 - 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Framingham Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Fund, 150 Concord Street, Attn: Treasurers Office, Framingham, MA 01702 or to the charity of ones choice.
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Published in MetroWest Daily News on June 26, 2010