Thomas J. O'Neil

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O'Neil, Thomas J.



Tom began his great adventure and walked down his forever road on February 24th,2017.

Tom was born in Meadville, Pa. and moved to Albuquerque where he graduated from Highland High School. After attending UNM he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Explosive Ordinance Division disarming explosives during the Korean War.

Upon discharge he returned to New Mexico and went to work in the Uranium industry in Grants, where he met the girl of his dreams. After marriage they moved their growing family to Albuquerque where he learned skills in the optical business until he was able to start his own optical lab.

His retirement job as a realtor allowed him to make many friends who were a captive audience to the great stories he loved to tell, as well as explore the mountains of New Mexico, which he dearly loved.

Tom will be remembered as a loving husband, a wonderful dad, and a grandfather who could turn the most ordinary day into an adventure.

Tom is survived by his beautiful bride of 60 years, Marcia, four sons, Kelly (Paula), Rick, Tom Jr., and Shawn, as well as one daughter, Kim (Matt), his grandchildren Cherie (Nate), Erin (Cheryl), Kyle, Brian, Meghan, Sarah and Emily, and great-grandchildren Sisco, Lilah, and Cecily, his brother Jack (Erin), sisters Meg Larsen and Karen (Jim) Seaman, as well as many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 12, 2017