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Harry J. O'Neill, Jr.


Harry J. O'Neill, Jr., ret. Lt. Colonel, USAR died on December 14, 2012 in Greenville, SC. The former Baltimore resident was 69.

Born in Lawrence, MA, he was the eldest son of Harry J, Sr. and Beatrice M. O'Neill. Harry was raised in Catonsville, MD with his sister Patricia Wallace, wife of John Wallace, and brothers Michael and Kevin, husband of Lisa Boyce. He was the beloved husband of Donna P. O'Neill (nee Sullivan) for 35 years, loving father of the late Joe O'Neill and wife Denise, Jonathan O'Neill and his wife Lisa, Jason O'Neill, Kelly Soles and her husband Brian and Tamara Dowie. He was the proud grandfather of Ethan, Jesse, Magaly, Mason, Remi, Jessica, Casey and Ian. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He graduated from St. William of York ('57), Calvert Hall College ('61) and Loyola College ('66).

He served in the US Army on active duty, from 1966 thru 1972 including a tour in Vietnam from 1967-68. He spent 4 years in foreign service including an assignment as Chief Protocol Officer in Berlin, Germany. He achieved numerous awards including: National Service Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin) and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Harry retired from the USAR in 2003 having achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Upon his retirement from active duty, Harry joined IBM Corporation where he served in numerous roles including Marketing and Business Show Manager and IBM executive on loan to the Baltimore Urban League during Mayor William Donald Schaefer's Administration.

He was an avid basketball coach and enjoyed attending family sporting events. Harry always presented a positive attitude and infectious smile. His Havanese pup companions, Tony and Cleo, were always by his side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Ilchester, 4795 Ilchester Rd., Ellicott City, MD on January 12, 2013 @10:00 AM. Interment with Military Honors will be held immediately thereafter at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Marriottsville, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Harry's name can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project online: or mailed to P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Published in The Greenville News on Dec. 23, 2012
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