Of Medford - After a brief illness, Mr. Robert O’Neil passed away peacefully on March 25, 2019. He was surrounded by his wife, Mari-Ann, and daughters, Colleen and Tracy.
Bob was a cheerful, kind man who never was too busy to sit and chat. He respected everyone no matter how rich or poor, young or old, political affiliation, whatever! Everybody was a friend. He loved being in his office and greeting his clients.
Bob was born in Revere, Massachusetts on November 25, 1946. He was the son of the late Louis and Leona (Grothe) O'Neil. After proudly serving his country in Vietnam as a Navy Seabee, Bob came home and enrolled in Salem State College earning a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He continued his education at Bentley College earning a Master's degree in Accounting and a Master's degree in Taxation. In 1982 he became a Certified Public Accountant and in 1997 a Certified Financial Planner. In 1984, he joined Mari-Ann's accounting practice and, as they say, the rest is history.
Bob was a true Patriot. While serving in Vietnam he earned the Vietnam Service Medal with Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia and one Campaign Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. In May 2017, Bob's name was added to the Medford Honor Roll.
Bob was a past Treasurer of the North Shore Veterans Counseling Services in Danvers and the Friends of Chevalier and Gene Mack Gymnasium in Medford. He was a member of the Mystic Players of Medford where, as well as all of the “behind the scenes” work, he performed on-stage in a few productions.
In addition to his wife and children, Bob is survived by his sister Margaret and brothers Richard, Louis and Joseph as well as sisters and brothers in-law and many loving nieces and nephews.
Bob had many loves--his family and friends, his business, his country and his hobbies, most notably sailing and playing poker. In the final days of his life, Bob had moments of confusion about where he was. One night Bob asked his wife, "How do we get off this boat?" (He followed it with "How much are they charging per night!!) But perhaps the most poignant was when he asked Mari-Ann to go get the car and pick him up out front because he thought he was at the casino playing poker. When she asked why he wanted the car, he answered, "It's time to go. I'm ready to fold."
A funeral Mass will be held in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer Street, Saugus (meet at church) at 10:30am on Tuesday, April 16th followed by internment at Riverside Cemetery, 164 Winter Street, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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