The Obit For Roy O'Neill

LeRoy T. O'Neill Jr.

Published in the The Journal News on April 25, 2011

LeRoy T. O'Neill Jr., passed away peacefully in Farmington, CT on April 14, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

He is survived by his beloved wife and partner of 55 years, Carol; his sisters Joan and Aileen; his children Kathleen, Carol, Beth, Roy, Meg, Michael, and Maureen; and fifteen wonderful grandchildren.

During his 82 years he was blessed with a devoted family and many wonderful friends. As a young man he attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, NJ where he excelled on the athletic fields.

He was a member of Prep's baseball team that was inducted into the New Jersey State Sports Hall of Fame for winning a record 64 games in a row.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Roy played baseball for the Enid and Muskogee Giants, minor league teams affiliated with the New York Giants. He was a catcher and along the way befriended the likes of Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

Roy was a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

He taught Physical Education and coached football and baseball at Rye Neck High School and then Mamaroneck High School in New York.

He ultimately became the Mamaroneck High School Athletic Director. "Coach" O'Neill was a legend in the Mamaroneck school system, and was proud to have had a positive influence on the lives of thousands of young people during his career.

He was also heavily involved with the Special Olympics, the New York State Athletic Administrators Association, and numerous other professional organizations.

After retiring from the Mamaroneck School System he moved to Worcester, NY. He served on the Worcester School Board, and remained involved with numerous professional organizations.

He spent his final years in Farmington, CT with Carol. He will be terribly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Roy on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:00AM at Saint John and Paul Church, 280 Weaver St., Larchmont, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McLean Hospice Program, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070.

Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.