Laurence O'NEILL
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O'NEILL, Major (Ret'd) Laurence
Hugh, CD
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.
PRO PATRIA
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.


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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Apr. 27, 2013.
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March 11, 2014
Dear Johanna and Meaghan,
my sincere condolences to you both. I had no idea that Laurence had been sick and i just found out about your loss.
I will always remember the good times we had.
My thoughts to you,

Barb MacInnis
September 24, 2013
Although I only knew Laurence for a short time it was a privilege to have known him. I was at Vernon A.C.C. when Laurence won the honour of Top Cadet. The only real natural born leader I have ever met. I was wish to extend my sympathies to the family.
CS/Sgt Grant Kruyssen 1955 Cal Srv Batt.
July 19, 2013
Johanna and Meagan,
I am so sorry for your loss.May your memories help comfort you in the days to come. Valerie Parrish
June 1, 2013
To the O'Neill family. We were sorry to hear of Laurence's illness and passing. We were both lucky enough to converse with him on the phone some months ago. Catherine also got together with us for lunch so we were able to see the Eulogy's and cards with his history. He had quit a life and we are sorry it ended to quickly. It sounds like it was a lovely funeral and he was very respected and will be well remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Michele Geisler & Gabrielle Buckland.
Michele Geisler
June 1, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 14, 2013
Johanna,Meaghan & family
So sorry for your lost our thoughts are with you.
Bob Charlton,Judy Charlton
May 14, 2013
It was my privilege to know Laurence for over 43 years. I knew him best at the beginning of his military life, first encountering him in 1970 when he was an impeccably turned out army cadet in a "rival" cadet corps at Mewata Armoury in Calgary. Even at that stage, he was exceptional, a natural leader, somehow more mature and just better at everything, with a presence beyond his years. Who else but Laurence would have had a military tailor at the age of 15 and a perfectly fitting uniform for every known order of dress in the Canadian Army? At Vernon, it seemed only natural that Laurence would win the top cadet prize and command the graduation parade. We were both on the Master Cadet exchange to the Caribbean the following year before Laurence went off to Royal Roads and life as a regular soldier. We overlapped on phase training in Gagetown and our parents and families also became close friends. We saw Laurence on his trips home from RMC and then from Germany, when he would come on the New Years Day Levy in Calgary (in the days when it was a bit of a marathon). When I moved to England in the 80s it was always a pleasure to see Laurence and have a drink or two when he came through London. I especially enjoyed seeing Johanna and Laurence when he was at the Staff College at Camberly, when I lived down the road in Woking. I see from the comments of his other friends and colleagues that Laurence had the same impact on them as he had on me. He was an amazing character, a man who loved his family, loved Canada, loved the army (or perhaps more accurately, he loved his ideal of what the army should be), and had an immense presence and sense of humour. I will miss him, and cannot find the words to adequately express my sympathy for Johanna and Meghan, and for Catherine, Eugene, Bill and the rest of his family in Calgary.
John Westbury
May 9, 2013
Our sincerest sympathies to Johanna, Meagan, Joan and Ian. We were forntunate to have seen Laurence last Fall when he and Johanna dropped in to see us. A courageous man and kind soul who has been taken from us far too soon. May you rest in peace Laurence. Sincerely Bruce and Ginette Archibald.
May 4, 2013
Thanks for the memories......may you rest in peace Laurence.
Linda & Colin Magee
May 4, 2013
So many of us knew him so well. He inspired us all, and we were all so much the better for having spent time with him. He was a great friend, and they broke the mould after he was made. From the halls of Nixon Block to old battle fields far away, he drew great pleasures in all he did, and all he met. He loved his family large, and lived large. My sincerest condolonces to his family and his oh so many friends. Godspeed my friend.
Kevin & Christine Biggar
May 1, 2013
Laurence, your influence was felt far and wide. We will miss you as one of our own. The thoughts of the FIshers are with you.
Onward!
John Fisher
May 1, 2013
Bruce Hansen
April 30, 2013
It was my good fortune to have known Laurence during our college years. I will remember him as a unique character and an exemplary officer and gentleman.
RB Darlington
April 30, 2013
Jane and I offer our most sincere condolences to the Families. Laurence was a consumate professional who's boundless generosity, levity, and wholesome good-will will be sadly missed. Lest we Forget ! Pro Patria.
Don and Jane La Carte
April 30, 2013
To the family I extend my deepest condolences. We have lost a true gentleman and a good friend. I will not forget the experiences we shared together.
"It will be the little things that we will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again."
Doug Wright, RCE
April 30, 2013
My condolences to the O'Neill family. A real "renaissance" man we shared many conversations starting with the planning and execution of the North Norway deployment. From the halls of RMC to the wilds of Valcartier, Wainwright and Gagetown to the whirlwind of C4ISR, our paths continually crossed. Laurence was a gifted individual, a good friend and I will miss him.
Robert (Bob) Weisman
April 30, 2013
Our paths have crossed many times both in our military and civilian careers. Laurence has always been a true officer and gentlemen. You'll be missed my friend. I offer my sincere condolences to the O'Neill and Douglas families.
Bernard St-Laurent
April 30, 2013
A giant intellect and an even bigger heart. It was an honour to have served with him and to have known this irrepressible and irrepaceable gentleman.
Steve Moffat
April 30, 2013
I first met Laurence at the dinner table in RRMC and earned a lesson in table manners. I little realized then how much else he would teach me as we soldiered together in Petawawa and after. We are so enriched to have known him. My profound condolences to Joanna, Meaghan, Joan and Ian.
Kevin Miller
April 30, 2013
To Laurence's family, I am so sorry for your loss. You know better than I of his attributes. I was lucky enough to have Laurence as our CSTO in first year of RMC. I can tell you that he made a tremendous impression on everyone, not just the first years, in Mackenzie squadron.

Laurence lead by example and set a remarkable standard.
Guy Warwick
April 29, 2013
It was my pleasure to have worked with Laurence for many years. He was a man with a good heart and a good soul and most of all a good friend. You left too soon and we shall miss you old friend.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Johanna, Meaghan.
Peter & Cheryl Swoboda
April 29, 2013
To the O'Neill and Douglas families our sincere condolences.
Grahem & Elayne Meharg
April 29, 2013
Family and Friends of Laurence, my sincerest and deepest condolences at your loss. Laurence was an energetic soul that I knew professionally, particularly when I was working in Brussels Belgium and his company was trying to do business there. A pleasure to deal with and always full of stories and life I am deeply saddened by his passing.

Most Respectfully,
Charles McColgan
April 29, 2013
We all feel a great sadness at the loss of our friend Laurence. As a leader of men he was revered by his troops for his intellect, his enthusiasm and sense of humour. Over the past few days, it was great to share so many great stories with those whom his life has touched over the years. Rest in peace, Laurence. Pro Patria!
Tom Tarrant
April 29, 2013
It was my good luck and pleasure to meet Laurence when he arrived at RMC from Royal Rhodes and then a distinct pleasure and honour to serve with Laurence in Germany with 3 RCR. He was a man of many great abilities and these were made even more noticeable by his great sense of humour. When someone delivers a Christmas Card to you on Christmas morning you know you are privileged to know them. Condolences to the O'Neill and Douglas families.
Henry Green
April 29, 2013
My deepest sympathies to Johanna, Meaghan and the families. Laurence was definately a one of a kind gentleman, officer and excellent friend. Since I learned of his death I have been reliving so many of our interactions over the years and smiling at the memories. God speed and good hunting, Sir, you will be missed.
Alan Beveridge
April 29, 2013
Good bye my friend. My condolences to the family.
Alan Chow
April 29, 2013
Condolences to Laurence's family. I had the pleasure of serving with this fine officer in Germany and Canada. A keen intellect, enthusiastic, courageous, an excellent leader and planner, devoted family man and loyal friend. We are better for him having lived and worked amongst us. Rest in Peace.
Rick Hatton
April 29, 2013
A Master of the Profession of Arms, Business and the Spoken Word, I am saddened by the much too soon departure of a wonderful friend and colleague. Godspeed Laurence, you fought a tremendous fight, and to your family, my deepest sympathies.
Chris Chance
April 29, 2013
Sad news, Laurence was known as "Sir Laurence" to those of us that had the honour to have served with him in 2 RCR. He was a good man,an exceptional leader and well respected by his peers and the troops that loved working for him. There is no doubt that they would have followed him anywhere. He will be missed but never forgotten, rest in peace brother. Pro Patria
Fred Doucette
April 29, 2013
Lawrence lived life to the fullest and deserved to be given more. I had the privilege to serve with him in 3RCR Germany in the late 1970s and fondly remember his formative years as a subaltern in the Regiment. It seemed at the time that he was a regimental officer from a much earlier era. I had a job to do as Adjutant and he had a job to learn how to command soldiers. Though we had words about some of his methods and antics I was always impressed with his intellect, love of soldiering and spirit. He became a first rate officer and was always a true gentleman. I am better for having the opportunity to know him. God bless him and my deepest condolences to his family. Pro Patria.
Hardy Wheeler
April 29, 2013
A friend at all times, a man of class and distinction. I am sad to hear of Laurence's passing. My sympathies to the family.
Jamie Hanna
April 29, 2013
We are terribly saddened by the news of Laurence's passing. We have great memories of our time together in Montreal and all the places our paths have crossed since. Laurence will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prays are with you, today and always.
Mike, Patti and Kirsten English
April 29, 2013
A rare and unique fella, a pleasure to serve with and a force to be reckoned with. Heartfelt sympathies to family and friends.
Pat Read
April 28, 2013
One for you old friend.
good friend; excellent colleague, fair winds and following seas.
Douglas Thoreson
April 28, 2013
A life lived well, a departure too soon.
My deepest condolences to the family. I will always enjoy the memory of Laurence as a newly joined subaltern in 3 RCR. I followed his career in the military, as a husband and father and an astute businessman for many years with great interest. He was a remarkable person and left us far too soon. My thoughts are with his immediate and extended family at this difficult time.
Tom de Faye
April 28, 2013
RIP, my good friend. What a superb officer and gentleman, with the keenest mind, best writing ability of anyone I met, and a true bon vivant. Our thoughts and prayers are with Johanna, Meaghan, the O'Neill and Douglas families. LGen(retd) and Mrs Michel Maisonneuve, 12eRBC.
Michel Maisonneuve
April 28, 2013
Our family in Calgary enjoyed many a Boxing Day party at the O'Neill home. We will remember him as a kind, generous person who always had a twinkle in his big blue eyes. Johanna and Meaghan are in our thoughts and prayers.

With our sincere sympathy,
Nancy,Richard, Elizabeth, John and Ellie Westbury
April 28, 2013
Brave. Bold. Indeed a Character & Leader. Condolences to the Douglas and O'Neill families, and to all who know and remember him. Fond memories and epic stories temper sadness.
Steve Kooistra
April 28, 2013
Memories of my recruit days in Mackenzie Squadron (1977) always bring a smile for the Training Officer who at once terrorized and entertained us. Thank-you Lawrence of RMC,your leadership was an inspiration to be always at our best. Godspeed.
Richard Sylvestre
April 28, 2013
My deepest condolences. He is gone too soon.
I well remember Laurence from wrestling tournaments, phase training and field exercises. Who couldn't? He just immediately stood out. If there were ever one man who could fill a room, it was Laurence. The angels will be well entertained.
I wish you all possible comfort in this difficult time.
David Fermor
April 28, 2013
Laurence - larger than life, could fill a room with his gregarious and jovial personality, a man of infinite jest, goodwill, and compassion. Rest in peace - and we'll see you on the other side!

Shane Schreiber, MSM, CD
April 27, 2013
Biggest Hugs to Meg and Jo. Laurence was amazing, fondest memories of my time with your family. xox
Sam Dermer
April 27, 2013
We will remember Laurence as an officer & gentleman!
Karen & Ron Bertin
April 27, 2013
RIP Sir. I was on this parade with you in 79 ! Pro Patria !
Tony Giacomelli
April 27, 2013
Johanna and family,

I am very sorry to hear of Laurence's passing. I had the opportunity to work for him as his Assistant Personnel Support Officer at Base HQ in Gagetown. He truly was a gentleman and the old style officer....mission....men ...self. RIP Major †
Lance Patriquin
April 27, 2013
Laurence was a fine officer of old school style, with an intellect that one could only admire. Dedicated and an exceptional leader he always inspired others. A great and mischievous sense of humour that drew many of us into his plots that always ended in laughter. I will remember him fondly.
My condolences to his family
Stuart Groves, Switzerland and Thailand
Stuart Groves
April 27, 2013
My condolences to the family. As both an ex-cadet, and having served with him in the RCR, I can say firsthand that he epitomized what it was to be 'an officer and a gentleman'. He had a wonderful sense of humour. He will be missed.
Steven Poole
April 27, 2013
Our sincire sympathy to the family. God Bless. Robert & Donna Field
April 27, 2013
Very sorry to hear of Lawrence's passing. Godspeed Sir.
Mitch MacLeod
April 27, 2013
My sincere condolonces.
David Blake-Knox
April 27, 2013
I remember Laurence as a formidable figure, in Royal Military College. He was funny and forceful; the end result was everyone enjoyed him and everyone respected him. He just did things the right way, and those of us who worked with him only benefited. Pro Patria
Dean Black
April 27, 2013
My condolences to the family of Maj. O'Neill on his passing. I am grateful for his service to Canada and would like to express my deepest sympathies for your loss.
Ralph Mahar
April 27, 2013
Laurence was always a pleasure to be near with his great sense of humour and his respect for others. A gentleman always.
Ian McIntyre
April 27, 2013
Our sincere condolences to Johanna, Meaghan, Ian, Joan and the O'Neil and Douglas families... Lawrence was an outstanding fellow and will be sorely missed by all who knew him!
Bob & Ann Mahar
April 27, 2013
i would like to pass on my deepest sympathy's at this time to the O'Neill , Douglas families Johanna my prayers and thoughts are with you Major Lawrence Hugh O'Neill ( 19er) stand easy your work here is done your loyal driver and friend Cpl Frank AuCoin Pro Patria
Frank Aucoin
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