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Palm Southwest Mortuary

7979 W.Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Michael O'Neill

July 30, 1942May 18, 2020

On May 18, 2020, Michael O’Neill, loving husband, devoted father, and proud grandfather, passed away at the age of 77. Michael was born in New York, NY to William and Dorothy O’Neill. After completing school, he learned a trade and worked hard to become a proficient meat cutter and good provider for his family. He married Lorraine and moved to the Bronx. They raised one daughter, Terri, and two sons, Michael and Joseph, in Westbrookville, NY. They retired in Las Vegas, NV. They were blessed with five grandchildren Megan, Brittany, Christopher, Madison and Robert.

Michael was a hardworking man with a strong Catholic faith. He enjoyed horseracing, playing slots at the casino, socializing with family and friends, and talking with nearly every stranger he encountered. He was known for his devotion to family and friends, his strength as a protector, his kind and compassionate spirit, and his corny sense of humor. He would do anything for his family, taught us the importance of always having each other’s backs, and his silly jokes and expressions will carry on for generations. He was a fun grandpa, always up for any adventure, who enjoyed pillow fights, telling jokes and going out for ice cream.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, William, his mother, Dorothy, his sister, Alice, his brothers, William, James (Evelyn), Robert (Ann), and John, and his sister-in-law, Alice. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lorraine, his three children, Terri (Alan), Michael, and Joseph (Barbara), his grandchildren, Megan, Brittany, Christopher, Madison and Robert, his sisters-in-law Anne, Joanne (Charles), and Mary (Brian), and nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Michael will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. He will be buried at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery on May 21, 2020. There will be no public ceremony at this time. A memorial service and celebration of Michael's life will be held on a future date.

Michael was proud to serve his country as a war veteran and he honored those who lost their lives including making each Memorial Day with his family special.

In lieu of flowers, Michael’s family suggests donations to Fisher House Foundation that helps military families.

Services

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Michelle O’Neill

May 25, 2020

We love you very much Uncle Michael. We have so many fun and happy memories with you! You made a point to connect in a special way with each and every one of us. Your kind, loving and gentle personality always made us feel comfortable and welcomed. At the family parties with all our rowdy characters and liveliness, you always had a quiet way to just appear out of the crowd at the perfect time to connect and share a heart-to-heart moment and then of course to follow it with a funny joke. You always kept us on our toes and laughing with that O’Neill sense of humor! We will miss you!! Love, Wayne, Irene, Jenny, Jackie and Michelle. (The photo was from Jenny’s Sweet 16 party in 1987)

Mary Ann Gilmartin

May 25, 2020

Hi Mike,

It has taken me some time to write you this note. I can see you looking down on me and saying it’s ok I am doing fine and life goes
on.

This is the man I know from a child when my sister Lorraine met the love of her life. Mike thought of others first and was good at giving you that tough love to make you realize how much you are responsible for what happens in your life. At the same time giving you the empathy you needed when you needed it. I cannot count the number of hugs I got from Mike when I needed them.

Mike you were always there for me as a child, as a teen (such an important time in my life), and as an adult with kids of my own. I know you will continue to be there for me and the family and you will be in my heart forever.

P.S. When Brian celebrates his 65th birthday he will be smoking his birthday cigar and thinking of all the moments you shared smoking a cigar together.

Sal Criscuolo

May 25, 2020

Mike and I grew up together on Bryant ave and 179 th Street in the Bronx

We used to go to the track after the 7 th race so we did not have to pay admission.
Afterwards, we would get the early edition of the Daily News to see the number, then go for Pizza at augie Barletta’s pizza shop . We even went to Whitehall Street for our draft testing.

When I was in basic at Dix, my future wife Barbara would take the subway to the port authority and take a bus to see me on weekends.

He would meet her late at night when she came home to escort her home.

Great friend and buddy.

Rest In Peace.

Jeri Underwood

May 21, 2020

I will miss grandpa so much! He was always so caring when I was sick and would come visit the family. Always made sure I had somewhere to sit, would make sure I made it up the walkway safe, and always had a something funny to say! You can't help but smile when he was around! RIP grandpa...I miss you!!

Dorothy crapanzano

May 21, 2020

Dear Lorraine I am sorry to here about Mike. We will keep you and family in my prayers

Barbara O'Neill

May 20, 2020

I always enjoyed conversations with Grandpa they were usually ended with a joke of some sort. He had a great sense of humor. He was very kind and caring. Family was very important to him. He will be forever missed. Grateful he was part of my family R.I.P always.

Lorraine O'Neill

May 20, 2020

The obituary my daughter Terri wrote says it all about my husband. Till this day I’m so thankful that I agreed to go out with Michael after his third request. I was a little reluctant but said ok anyway. That was it. Married a year or so later. Three great kids and five wonderful grandkids.
Thanks dear soul for pursuing me 54 years ago. My life now is full of great memories. You will always be my best friend.

Michele Buck

May 20, 2020

I’m going to miss Mike’s sweet face and great conversations. I called Mike Pops because I adopted him and loved him like a father figure. Whenever I visit the O'Neill's it feels like a homecoming. Sweet dreams, Pops, time to enjoy a well-earned rest from this life… you will be missed.

Christopher Andrews

May 20, 2020

I enjoyed spending time with Grandpa. When I first got my driver’s license, he was always happy to go along for a ride. I will always remember when we took a drive to get our hair cut together. I was proud when my barber asked if that was my grandfather, but then thought he was rude when he said that he hoped I was driving – until I looked over and saw Grandpa sleeping in the chair with his eyes closed and mouth wide open. Grandpa always enjoyed a joke and loved my retelling of that story. He always made me laugh and was up for anything fun like when we all wore matching pajamas on Christmas morning. I love you, Grandpa.

Madison Andrews

May 20, 2020

Grandpa was a lot of fun. He made everyday moments special. A favorite memory was walking with Grandpa to the coffee shop before school to get a donut or to the convenience store after school to get an ice cream or why not both. Grandpa joined in any game that we wanted to play – baseball, basketball, street hockey, arts and crafts or riding on the swings. I love you, Grandpa.

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