Fairlawn Mortuary


Patrick S. O'Neale

August 23, 1958April 2, 2021

Patrick S. O’Neale, 62, of Fairhaven, passed away Friday, April 2, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the husband of Dolores E. (Sylvia) O’Neale with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.

Born in Washington, D.C., son of the late Hugh W. and Germaine M. (Lesieur) O’Neale, he had resided in Fairhaven for the past 34 years.

He was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1981.

Mr. O’Neale was the Senior Vice President at Tata & Howard, Inc.

Patrick was a very active member of several water works organizations in Massachusetts and was well regarded among his peers. He served on Mass Water Works Associations’ Board of Directors, having been elected in 2015 and advancing to President in 2019; he was currently serving as Past President for the association. Patrick was also involved on the Program Committee for Mass Water Works, serving as co-chair for a number of years. He was chair of the Vendor Relations Committee for Plymouth County Waterworks Association and was a frequent presenter on water-related topics at association meetings. He was a recipient of Plymouth County Waterworks Associations’ David L. Regan Associate Member Award in 2006 for his outstanding service to the water works profession. Professionally, he was instrumental in helping the Town of Falmouth with their Long Pond Water Treatment Plant, which went online in 2017 and is capable of producing 8.4 million gallons per day. For the work done by Patrick and the team at Tata & Howard, Inc. the plant was recognized with a 2018 Silver Engineering Excellence Award for engineering services by The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA). Patrick was also instrumental in the formation of the Mattapoisett River Valley Water District which includes water supply sources operated by the towns of Fairhaven, Marion and Mattapoisett, and also serves the Town of Rochester. Rather than constructing several treatment facilities for the eight wells, the towns teamed to construct a single advanced water treatment facility saving the towns approximately $5 million by building the plant jointly.

Known as Grandad, Patrick loved his family, especially his three grandsons who were the love of his life.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four children, Shannon Anderson and husband Christopher, Brittney O’Neale, Morgan O’Neale and Sean O’Neale; three grandsons, Gavin, Brody and Wyatt; his siblings, Donna Tipton and husband Dave, Hugh John O’Neale, Mary Roth and husband Mark, Kathy Church and husband Buddy, Daniel O’Neale and wife Sharon, Helen Norris and Rick O’Neale; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William O’Neale.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patrick’s memory can be made to Water For People at Click on link below please.

Private services are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven.

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Wayne and Mary Southworth

April 9, 2021

I am very proud to have known Patrick throughout my career in the water works field. He was a true gentleman and a master of his profession.

Our deepest sympathies to the O'Neale family.

Douglas Cameron

April 8, 2021

I am sadden and lost for words, but hold the memories of my time spent with Patrick close to my heart.

Carl Andrews

April 7, 2021

Our hearts are broken to learn of Patrick’s passing. We were so saddened by the news, and send our love to you and your family. A more loving friend we have never known, and feel blessed to have had him in our lives.
With all our love,
Carl and Beth Andrews

Raymond Jack

April 7, 2021

Farewell my friend, I will miss you everyday
Your smile, your hope and the things you used to say.

Your love of life and love of wife were your most endearing traits
And your family's love is with you, as you pass through Heaven's Gates.

A friend like you is rare indeed, you have the purest heart
And that is why it is so hard, that our paths must now part.

I know, deep down, that we will meet again
So until that time, just know, you are my dearest friend.
Sleep well - Ray

To Dolores & family: We are so sorry and wish we could ease your sorrow. All we can wish for the one we love is that Patrick will always live on within the hearts of those he left behind.

With our most heartfelt sympathy, Ray & Alice Jack

Frank Oliva

April 7, 2021

Dear Dolores and Family,

I'm so sorry to hear about Chop's passing, he was a wonderful person and a great friend to me in my high school years. Chop was such an admirable guy in all sides of his being. He was wise beyond his years and he anchored all his flighty teenage friends. My heart goes out to you all as you grapple with his loss.

Love and peace to you.

Shannon Dias

April 7, 2021

Dolores and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Terry Dayian

April 7, 2021

Our deepest condolences to your family. We spent many years working together with Patrick in our role at DEP. He was such a pleasure to work with, always willing to help us out with training & education. He spoke of his family often...especially the grandkids, and he will be greatly missed in the water supply profession.
Larry & Terry Dayian

Sandy Keese

April 6, 2021

Having worked with Patrick many years w/ our water committee, I am deeply saddened by this very good man’s passing. He has left us all with a legacy protecting our water resources, was smart, kind, was funny, & we will all miss him so much. Strong work, Patrick. You have left us a legacy we hope to continue. My very deepest sympathy to his family for this life well lived that made a difference.

Neal Merritt

April 6, 2021

My condolences to the O'Neale family. I knew Patrick for many years through our time together at the Massachusetts and Plymouth County Water Works associations. He was a true gentleman and professional who always had a smile on his face. I am so sorry for you loss, he will be greatly missed.

Neal Merritt
Hanover Water Department

Wayne Caswell

April 6, 2021

Although I hadn't seen Patrick much over the years, I'll always remember him as a cherished High School and College friend whom I share life long memories with. A kind soul with a wonderful sense of humor and a deep love of Delores and his family. My deepest condolences.
- Wayne Caswell