Paul L. O'Neill passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on March 10, 2014, following a 30-year battle with progressive heart disease. He and his wife, Marie, have resided in Clifton Park, N.Y., for the past 28 years.
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Paul was born on Feb. 24, 1936, the eldest of six children, to Paul E. and Eleanor M. Leonard O'Neill on the family farm. The farm has remained in the family since 1928, still owned by Paul and his siblings. Paul graduated from Pleasant Mount High School class of 1954 and attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. He was an Army veteran, serving from 1957. He was a seargent for the first organized Helicopter Maintenance Company. After leaving active duty, he served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 109th Infantry, 28th division.
Paul married Marie T. Higgins of Scranton on June 27, 1964, at Christ the King Church. Their marriage was blessed by two daughters and six grandchildren. Paul is survived by Marie, his partner in life for almost 50 years; daughters, Lori O. Warner of Clifton Park, N.Y., and her two sons, Evan and Ethan; Karen and husband, Bill Muller of Ballston Lake, N.Y., and their four children, Elle, Casey, Caroline and Owen. He is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Dan and wife, Aliceof Honesdale, Pa.; Gerard of Pleasant Mount, Pa.; Ben and wife, Mary, of Pleasant Mount; and Kathy and husband, Elwood Merring, of Lake Ariel, Pa. He was preceded in death by sibling, John O'Neill, and survived by Ruth O'Neill of Clarks Summit, Pa. He also leaves behind many loved nieces and nephews.
Paul was employed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for 31 years at various U.S. locations, including Trenton, N.J., Scranton, Pa., and Albany, N.Y., retiring in 1995 as state director for N.Y. state. During his years of service, he was also the regional program coordinator for the FHWA's Region 1, covering the states of N.Y., N.J., all New England states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Following retirement in 1995, he formed Motor Carrier Safety Services Inc., a successful consulting firm, acquiring clients throughout the United States and Eastern Canada.
Paul was happiest spending time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren. In his retirement years, Paul was best known as the family historian, continually researching family ancestry to pass down to future generations.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 14, 2014, at 9 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park. Burial with military honors will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, N.Y.
Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home
1550 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 12, 2014