Philip O'Neil Jr.
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Philip J. O'Neil, Jr., 68

Worcester - Philip J. O'Neil, Jr., 68, of Worcester, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 11th in UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus. He leaves his devoted and loving wife of 43 years, Patricia E. (Terrio) O'Neil; two beloved sons Brendon J. O'Neil and Matthew P. O'Neil both of Worcester; a sister Karen M. O'Neil of Yarmouthport; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John R. O'Neil.

Born in Worcester, the son of Philip J. O'Neil, Sr. and Anne (Chuplis) O'Neil, Philip was a graduate of St. Peter's High School '65, the College of the Holy Cross '69 and received his Masters Degree in Education from Cambridge College.

A superb Saint Peter's High School pitcher, first baseman and quarterback, he went on to star in both sports at the College of the Holy Cross. Some of his career highlights include; All-City selection in both baseball and football beginning in his sophomore year at St Peter's, completing 36 career touchdown passes helping the Guardians reach a school record of 19-5, and receiving the Fran J. Corsac MVP Award at the Thanksgiving Day football game. Philip was later inducted into the St. Peter's High School Hall of Fame in recognition of his exemplary athletic contributions to the school. When his own father was inducted in 1995, Philip and his dad were able to share in this very special moment as father and son.

While quarterback at the College of the Holy Cross, Philip ranked in the top 25 in the country in passing yards during the 1967 season - tops in New England, ending the season with 1,378 passing yards and ten touchdown passes, the most since the 1952 Crusader football season. An All American baseball player at the College resulted in him being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals following both his junior and senior years. However, recognizing the importance and value of a college education, he elected to stay at Holy Cross and complete his bachelor's degree in History. Throughout all of his sports accomplishments and recognition, perhaps his greatest occurred in 1999 when he was distinguished as one of the top fifty Central Massachusetts athletes of the century.

A life-long educator, Mr. O'Neil was a teacher in the Worcester Catholic School System for over forty years, teaching at the former Worcester Central Catholic Elementary School and Holy Name Central Catholic High School. He also taught driver's education throughout the Worcester area for over thirty years. A football coach at both St. Peter's and Holy Name, Coach O'Neil's impact on student athletes is still being recognized today.

Philip was a member of St. Peter's Parish and The College of the Holy Cross Alumni Association.

His funeral is Friday, June 17th with a Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Peter's Church, 931 Main Street. (Please go directly to church). Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday, June 16th from 4:00 until 8:00 PM in O'CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Philip's memory may be made to the Crusaders Athletic Fund at the College of the Holy Cross, Attention: Office of Advancement, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610.

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Patty I just heard Phil died. I don't talk to people from Worcester. I'm so sorry. To me Phil was a man's man. I loved him so much for his being so humble.God bless his soul. I had plans to see him in the summer of 2018.
Hugo Roche
February 16, 2018
Patty I just heard Phil died. I don't talk to people from Worcester. I'm so sorry. To me Phil was a man's man. I loved him so much for his being so humble.God bless his soul. I had plans to see him in the summer of 2018.
Hugo Roche
February 16, 2018
Karen O'Neil
January 16, 2018
Karen O'Neil
January 16, 2018
Karen O'Neil
January 13, 2018
Karen O'Neil
January 13, 2018
Karen O'Neil
January 13, 2018
Karen O'Neil
January 13, 2018
Karen O'Neil
January 13, 2018
Karen O'Neil
January 13, 2018
Coach O'Neil was the epitome of all that is good about the College of the Holy Cross. Although he was drafted as a pitcher from the Cleveland Indians following his Senior year at St. Peter's High School, he understood the importance of a college education. Throughout his 40 years teaching and coaching in the Worcester Diocase he was the most humble, self-depreciating gentleman. When someone would ask him about the many accomplishments on the gridiron and diamond he would always choose to impart a most valuable lesson. That is, when your playing days are over, it's not the victory, nor the accolades you remember, but rather those moments you shared with your teammates. He taught us all that the beauty of a team is the opportunity to compete together, all the while taking not a single moment for granted. I do hope that Holy Cross does the right thing in posthumously electing Phil O'Neil Jr. into the Crusader Hall of Fame. He was the first Worcester schoolboy to choose Holy Cross over some 20 different schools, including Notre Dame, and he brought pride to the city. Yet all he cared was to play for the love of the game.
Colin Cronin
January 28, 2017
He was as accomplished a father,son,coach,teacher,relative & n human being as he was a athlete.A life well lived & well done Phil. RIP
Bill & Sue Terrio
July 2, 2016
Patty and boys: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. My the support of family and friends help you through your grief.
Your former neighbor.
Ruth Kinney
June 19, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Back then, aspiring athletes in and around Central MA knew gentleman Phil as a competitive all -around, natural star athlete. What a combo: Coach Healy and Phil O'Neill.
Jim Kane
June 17, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the O'Neil family. I was a member of Phil's graduating class at St.Peter's. As I was a cheerleader, I remember singing his praises numerous times! He will be greatly missed.
Jane Hemenway Hall
June 17, 2016
O'Neil Family

My deepest sympathy on the passing of PHIL. I had the privilege of playing baseball at Holy Cross with Phil in 1968 and 1969..

Phil was a great athlete , a tremendous teammate and an outstanding young man

It was a pleasure to play with Phil

Rest In Peace ,# 8
Rick DeAngelis
June 16, 2016
Trish, Brendan, and Matt,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Phil was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Albert Lefrancois
June 16, 2016
Patty, I just found out that Phil is now with Jim - probably going over football plays. I a sorry for your loss of your husband and for your children, for their father. -- We have many happy memories to lean on, of the football success for Phil, a motivated, focused player. -- Jim was always so proud of him, and Father Thomas also, always sang the praises of Phil. -- I am sorry I didn't know earlier, but please know that my thoughts are with you, Phil was a quiet, kind man, in everything he did. Thinking of you, and praying for you all. Mary Ann Healy
June 16, 2016
Phil will always be remembered as a great athlete and a great guy! My prayers are with you and your family.
Jack Paradise, HC '69
June 16, 2016
I grew up in South Worcester and played little league ball with Phil at Maloney Field. At 12 he could hit towering home runs over everything. Then,a four year faceoff against Phil in football and baseball: St.Peter's vs St. John's. We were both powerhouse schools 1961-64. On the mound, he was Pedro/Clemens combined, as we could never beat him when he pitched. On the gridiron, Pat Bourque and I faced off against him at Fitton Field as seniors and he beat us 14-6, earning MVP. Then, the 3 of us be-
came Holy Cross teammates for 4 years. He and Pat became roommates and baseball
greats. Phil could have been a Pro for decades, as Pat did, he was that good. Thru the 80's-90's we faced off as coaches, Holy Name/St. John's football. What a mild mannered person he was. I don't ever remember him ever raising his voice. Truly a great loss and way too soon in life. God Bless,Phil
paul scopetski
June 16, 2016
My prayers for comfort of the O'Neil family during this time of sorrow and sadness. Philip will be remembered by all of his classmates at Holy Cross. A great athlete; a great guy.
God bless.
Stephen Keller HC '69
June 16, 2016
Noel and I send prayers of sympathy to your and your family. What a wonderful life he lived and those that knew and loved him can be proud.
Noel and Margaret Donabedian
June 16, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about his passing. I will never forget him, as my driving instructor, taking me onto the highway for the first time, reading the paper, and eating orange (skin and all) as I drove...very brave man. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
♡ Nakia
June 16, 2016
My condolences to the family of Phil - A great competitor, a great kid who became a great man whom I admired all my life in sports, in college, in life. Phil touched so many of us in inspiring ways. All my prayers.
Jim McDermott
Jim McDermott
June 16, 2016
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,Patricia and family.
June 16, 2016
I am so sad to learn of Phil's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a gentleman in all senses of the word. Kind, thoughtful, understated, aware are just a few of the words that come to mind to describe him. It was a pleasure and an honor to have worked with him. My deepest sympathy to Pat, Brendon, Matt and all his loved ones.
Kathy Vaught-O hEigeartaigh
June 16, 2016
Phil was, indeed, a great athlete but he was also a great guy.
John McFadden
June 16, 2016
To the O'Neil family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Michele Montalvo
June 16, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to hear of Mr. O'Neil's passing. He was my teacher, track coach and my friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with the O'Neil family.
Caroline Lowney-Ramos
June 15, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. Phil and I always sat in home room he in front of me. During those years there was no athlete in Worcester more acclaimed than he. He always was a great guy to me and although I do not live in Massachusetts I spoke to him just two weeks ago and it was as if we never mist a beat. So sad to hear this terrible news.
Danny O'Henley
June 15, 2016
I had Mr.O'Neil as a teacher back in the early 1970's and my nieces had him at Holy Name 30 years later.
Students 30 years apart thought the world of him.
As a teacher, what a legacy!
He was a sweet guy and a class act.
So sorry for your loss.
JAMES WALSH
June 15, 2016
Rest in peace cousin remembering many fun times together.
Elaine Chuplis Kingsbury
June 15, 2016
I am sorry to hear of your family's loss.
Holly Ryan
June 15, 2016
Mrs. ONeil, Brendan and Matt,
I extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. Coach O'Neil was someone I regarded highly as a teacher and coach during my time at Holy Name. He was a kind man I truly respected. May he rest in peace.
Kevin Farrell
June 15, 2016
Please accept our condolences, Simone & Tom Walsh
June 15, 2016
I am so sorry to read of your loss. It is always so difficult to say goodby to our loved ones.
My deepest sympathy for you and your boys.
May God Bless you and may Philip rest in peace.
Maureen DeSimone
June 15, 2016
Phil was the finest Central Mass athlete of his era and a consummate gentleman. Every kid who grew up around Phil O'Neil in Main South revered him, including me. My condolences to the O'Neil family over the loss of a man who did great good in his life.

Dan Doyle
West Hartford, Connecticut
June 15, 2016
No words can express our deepest sympathy Trish,Brendan & Matt. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
All of our Love,
Robin&Tim O'Hearn
Robin O'Hearn
June 15, 2016
Pat

I am so sorry for your loss. I had no idea you were married to Phil. When I was in Grammar school at Freeland Street, my brother who was a year or 2 older than Phil, was a good friend of his and I was friends with Jay. My prayers are with you and your family.
Mike Wilson
June 15, 2016
Mr. O'Neil was a great teacher and a favorite among students. Rest in peace.
Kim Demma
June 15, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss.he was a friend that will be in my prayers .
john savasta
June 15, 2016
It is with extreme sadness that Phillip is gone.God be with his family.My prayers are with you.
Gerry Barnicle
June 15, 2016
Phil was not only the best athlete I ever met, but he was also one of the most gracious young men I knew as a high school student. Being a year behind him in class, I was honored when he would go out of his way to congratulate me on a musical performance or a spoken presentation at school assemblies. It was an honor and a thrill to watch him on the football field, and to help in any way I could as a "manager" since my asthma precluded my playing on the field. He was truly a class act. I'll never forget him and some of the many incredible plays I watched him direct and complete. My heart goes out to his family.
Steve Barnicle
June 14, 2016
Mrs. ONeil, Brendan and Matt,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless
Tara D'Ambra Mara
June 14, 2016
I would like to send my sincere sympathy to Phil's family. I was his schoolmate at the "old" St. Peter's on Main St. a very long time ago. He was certainly a special gift to the school.

Take care,
Kathy Moran McKee
Kathy Moran McKee
June 14, 2016

Dear Patty & Family,
My Mom and I were shocked and saddened to read of Philip's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers at this most difficult time. We are so sorry for your great loss. May God bless give you with strength and His abundant grace. Sincerely with Love,
Janet & Anne
Janet Stanavich
June 14, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Pat O'Connell
June 14, 2016
My sincerest condolences Trish to you and your family of the loss of your husband, Phil. You are in my prayers.
Patricia White-Trubiano
June 14, 2016
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