William G. O'Neill

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William G. (Govie) O'Neill, 88, of Gladwyne, Pa., and Cape May, New Jersey, beloved husband of Eugenia C. "Jean" O'Neill (nee Crapelli), died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at home after a short illness.

Born in Dunmore, Pa., son of the late Congressman Harry P. O'Neill and Margaret Shea O'Neill, he was the sixth of nine children.

A graduate of Dunmore High School, Mr. O'Neill entered Penn State University as a Naval officer-in-training in 1943. Thirty-two months later at the age of 20 he graduated and was commissioned as one of the youngest Naval officers in the U.S.

After Naval duty, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating in 1950 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He became a tax attorney and joined the office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service assigned to its New York City office. After 10 years, he moved to Philadelphia and joined Obermayer, Rebman, Maxwell & Hippel. There he created a tax department and served as its Head for the next 32 years. He lectured in Tax Law at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Lehigh University and Temple University, where he was chair of its annual Tax Forum and an instructor in its law school's Masters of Law program. He wrote for law journals and presented at the New York University's annual Tax Seminar.

At the Obermayer firm, Mr. O'Neill served twice as Managing Partner and was the long-time chairman of the firm.

In 1992, Mr. O'Neill formed O'Neill, Bragg & Staffin in Plymouth Meeting, where he retired in 2006.

Mr. O'Neill was a member and president (1998-2003) of the Bachelors Barge Club of Boathouse Row, a former member of the Union League and founding member (and general counsel) of Waverly Heights for many years. He was chairman of Waverly's Board of Directors from 1991 to 1999.

Mr. O'Neill and his wife, Jean, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 29, 2013. They spent many happy summers in Cape May with their cherished children, grandchildren and widespread friends and family.

Besides his wife, Jean, he is survived by four children, William and his wife, Katherine Garrett, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Timothy and his wife, Mary Kate, Silver Spring, Md.; Thomas, Venice, Calif.; and Ellen and her husband, Anthony Fazio, College Park, Md. Also surviving are six grandchildren; his sister, Lois Kelly; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Delores and Thomas Groncki; sister-in-law, Jean Germano O'Neill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. O'Neill was predeceased by his brothers, Harry, Daniel, Joseph and Paul; and sisters, Eileen, Margaret McGrath and Marion.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. in St. John Vianney Church, 350 Conshohocken State Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at McConaghy Funeral Home, 328 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, Pa., or on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Law Center, 1315 Walnut St. #400, Phila., PA 19107; or to , 150 Monument Rd., Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004; or to Waverly Foundation Scholarship Fund, 1400 Waverly Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035.


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Published in Scranton Times on July 31, 2014
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