O'NEILL, Dr. William Patrick
Patrick, born in Palo Alto, at the age of 54 crossed over peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer in his Carmichael home on March 22, 2013 surrounded by his family. Patrick is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his faithful dog Charlie and loyal cat Shasta, his devoted parents J. Patrick and Elizabeth O'Neill, sisters Kathleen O'Neill Cabe, Kathryn (Katie) Gavira-O'Neill (Humberto), mother-in-law Arlene McElligott, sisters-in-law Terri Martinez (Sal) and Patti Sanchez (Steve), brother-in-law Joe McElligott (Lorie), numerous nieces and nephews and large extended family.
Patrick attended Encina High School and graduated from the University of Pacific School of Pharmacy 1984 (B.S) 1985 (Pharm.D.). He was a member of the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. He met Nancy McElligott in 1982 and they were married on March 22, 1986.
In the early years of his career, Patrick and Nancy owned and operated pharmacies in Stockton, CA. Upon returning back to the Sacramento area, Patrick took a position at Pucci's Leader Pharmacy in Sacramento where he thrived as a pharmacist for over 18 years. Patrick had a beautiful smile, and an easygoing disposition that put everyone at ease. He was a pharmacist who truly enjoyed helping people. His professional skills as a volunteer were greatly appreciated by the many people he helped at the Hart Senior Center.
Patrick was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hiking, photographing and fly fishing in the Sierras and the American River Parkway. He enjoyed bicycling, often reminiscing about his bike trip from Canada to San Francisco. He loved gardening and hanging out with his wife and friends in his own park-like backyard. Where there was nature, there was Patrick.
Patrick will be greatly missed but never forgotten. We will always remember his big, beautiful smile, twinkle in his eye, his laugh, his kindness, and the joy he brought to us all.
A memorial celebration of Patrick's life will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 2 to 4p.m. at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. The public is invited to attend. For directions please visit www.sacnaturecenter.net/home.btml. The family prefers any remembrances be made to American River Parkway Foundation or at www.dviccares.org in Patrick's name.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Apr. 7, 2013