James Edward O'Neill

July 17, 1942January 8, 2021

On January 8, 2021, James Edward O’Neill of Catonsville, MD passed away at the age of 78. James was the beloved husband of Catherine Marie (nee Prestileo) O’Neill and the devoted father of Jay O’Neill (Tara), Debbie Compher (John) and Kelly Frances; dear brother of Eleanore Dudley (Daniel) and the late Bernard O’Neill (Mary Ellen) and Joseph O’Neill (the late Jean); cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Matthew and Jackson Compher.

With limitations made to funeral practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be a public gathering for Mr. O’Neill but a Catholic Rite of Burial will be presided over Mr. O’Neill by Fr. Paschel Morlino at Meadowridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Pathfinders For Autism. Arrangement by Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc.


  • Catherine O'Neill, Spouse
  • Jay O'Neill (Tara), Son
  • Debbie Compher (John), Daughter
  • Kelly Frances, Daughter
  • Eleanore Dudley (Daniel), Sister
  • Mary Ellen O'Neill, Sister-in-law
  • Grandchildren ~ Nicholas, Matthew and Jackson Compher


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


James Edward O'Neill

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Bob snd Kay Burch

January 22, 2021

Lots of fond memories of our neighbor Jim in Highfields , sorry to hear about his passing, love from Bob and Kay Burch in Florida.

Joe Kolb

January 18, 2021

I remember playing Arbutus baseball with Jim. But even early on his first love was Golf. Maiden Choice Teen Center, Champs Drive In and the Varsity. Hit em long and straight Jim. Condolences to the family . Also a shout out from Gerry Janesek in Florida. "Rest peacefully"


January 17, 2021

My condolences to the family. I haven't seen Jimmy since we were young pups. We played basketball together as teenagers and he was very good. I am 16 days older than him (7/1/42). I remember him being a fun guy to be around.

Nancy and Rich Berg

January 16, 2021

When Tara and Jay O’Neill got married, we enjoyed being part of the O’Neill family gatherings. Jim was so fun, welcoming, and we will truly miss him. He told stories and jokes every time we saw him. We will miss you Jim.
Cathy and family- we give you a Big Virtual Hug.

Bobbie & Fran Lanasa

January 15, 2021

I’ve known Jimmy for many years. He always had a smile & never failed to make you laugh. He was a wonderful guy. He was loved by many. Rest In Peace, Jim❤️

B Kevin Gibbons-O'Neill

January 15, 2021

Uncle Jim will always be remembered for his love & laughter! He couldn’t not tell you a joke, ever!! I Loved playing golf with him either at RR or anywhere, but he always had an advantage at the Road! Many fond memories of he & Cathy coming to UMBC with my parents to watch hoops. I know Nan& Pop loved their company. He couldn’t pass up a “pitch” card game to take your $! Rest easy Uncle Jim, now you can finally play some more golf with Big B & Uncle Joe! Enjoy it up there, we sure will miss you!
The Gibbons-ONeill’s
Kev, Noel, Britt, Rory, Bryce, Riley
We love you

Robert Compher

January 14, 2021

To the O'Neill family. You have lost a family member who always brought laughter, fun, love to all those who knew him. Jim was so proud of family and shared his love with all. Jim had a way of making all who knew him feel good when in his company. He was an especially loving grand dad who loved him as well. They will have great memories of him as they travel through life. May god bless him and all of his family.
Susan and Bob Compher

Sherry Blades

January 11, 2021

God's peace be with you all at this difficult time and alway's.The Radiation Oncology Team at ST.AGNES.

Timothy O'Connor

January 10, 2021

Jimmy was my great friend and golf buddy over many years. He was always up beat and fun to be around. Jim could be counted on for just about anything when you needed help or a favor. I will miss him greatly. Love to Cathy and your family at this difficult time.
God Bless You All