O'NEILL, Major (Ret'd) Laurence
The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR)
Laurence passed away 23 April 2013 after a year-long battle with cancer. Born in Calgary, he was predeceased by his father Hugh and mother Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife Johanna Douglas-O'Neill and daughter Meaghan, his sister Catherine, her husband Bill Jeffery, and by his brother Eugene. His Canadian Army career started at Royal Roads Military College and saw him graduate from Royal Military College in 1978. Laurence was respected, indeed revered, by his soldiers in the 2nd and 3rd battalions of The RCR. Laurence retired from the Army in 1997, after 24 years of service. After a successful period with Calian, Laurence joined Computing Devices Canada (CDC) in 1998. CDC was acquired by General Dynamics Canada and Laurence progressed to his ultimate position as Director of Business Development. Laurence will be fondly remembered by all who knew him as a devoted husband and father, a dedicated Canadian, soldier and leader of men. He would "Never Pass a Fault", be it small, great, military or civilian.
Services will be held at Beechwood National Military Cemetery on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 starting with a visitation at noon, the funeral at 2 pm, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to the RCR Education Fund (613-687-5511 local 5086) or a charity of choice would be appreciated.
Published in Ottawa Citizen on Apr. 27, 2013.