John Wilson O'Neill, Sr.

October 24, 1918March 2, 2014

Captain John W. (Jack) O’Neill, U.S. Navy (Ret), 95, of Chula Vista died March 2, 2014 peacefully at home with his family at his bedside.

Captain O’Neill was born in Newport, Rhode Island and lived in San Diego County for many years. He served in the Navy for 38 years, advancing through the ranks from seaman recruit to Captain. He had six commands at sea over the years and was also Commanding Officer of the San Diego Fleet Training Center from 1972-74. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor (U.S.S. West Virginia BB 48), a member of the assault force which struck Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and was an active combatant in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. His many decorations included four Legions of Merit and two Bronze Stars.

After retirement from the service, Captain O’Neill received a BA in Public Administration from San Diego State University and then served eight years on the Chula Vista Planning Commission.

He was a member of Chula Vista Elk’s Lodge 2011, the San Diego Seniors Golf Association and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

He was predeceased in 2007 by Bertha Ellen, his wife of 65 years. Survivors include his son John W Jr. and wife Susie of La Jolla, daughters Peggy of Chula Vista and Norah of Seattle, WA, four grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Cremation is planned with ashes inurned in the Columbarium at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on April 25th at 12:00pm. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Sharp Hospice Care.

Arrangements under the direction of Glen Abbey Mortuary, Bonita, CA.


  • Graveside Service Friday, April 25, 2014

John Wilson O'Neill, Sr.

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Bob Harmuth

March 29, 2015

Our Captain was a mentor for all hands. The Navy and Country has lost a great man.

Kevin Reidy

March 14, 2014

Captain Jack O'Neill was a leader among men. Through his leadership, he inspired all of us to do our very best. My wife Nancy expresses, and I strongly agree, he was always a gentleman.

It was truly a privilege to have served under Captain O'Neill on the USS Floyd B. Parks.

Kevin Reidy Communications Officer 1960-1962

Carey S

March 12, 2014

We miss you, Grandpa Jack, but we are so happy that you & Bertha are reunited and in each others' arms again.

March 12, 2014

Captain, my captain. Sending our deepest sympathy from the USS Floyd B. Parks, proudly served under you 60 - 64. Don F. Dennis.

Larry Ray

March 11, 2014

Captain Jack was an inspiration to us all and a kind and gentle man. I served proudly under him on the Parks.

March 8, 2014

"captain Jack"was truly an officer and a gentleman who was admired and respected by all who knew him. he was an inspiration to all, especially his shipmates. he will be sorely missed by many. the world and the U.S. Navy is a better place because of "Captain Jack". James "Robby" Robbins

Cammie Byerley

March 8, 2014

I was very blessed to have such a wonderful, loving Grandpa who was such an amazing husband, naval captain and community volunteer. I will miss being able to call him up and get first hand information about the 1920's, and to hear how proud he was of me.

Gloria Syverson

March 7, 2014

Sending out deepest condolences.
USS Floyd B Parks 1953-1956
Family of Ron Syverson

John O'Neill

March 7, 2014

Grandpa was a man that all men looked up to. He lived a life that was filled with great acomplishments. I hope that one day I can look back on my life and know that I lived up to the family name that he created. I love you Grandpa.

March 7, 2014

Good-bye, Daddy.