Thomas J. O'Neill

May 13, 1930May 10, 2021

Thomas J. O’Neill, 90, of Mt. Vision, and formally of New Rochelle, NY passed away May 10, 2021 in Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, with his loving family by his side.

Thomas was born May 13, 1930, in New Rochelle, NY the son of the late John and Mary (Seery) O’Neill. He married Pauline Otis on July 1, 1950, in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, New Rochelle. Pauline predeceased him on February 3, 2019.

Thomas worked for the City of New Rochelle Harbor Patrol serving as Captain from 1960 to 1977. Following that he became Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the City of New Rochelle until his retirement. Thomas also ran the maintenance at various yacht clubs. He had a great love of boats and often enjoyed boating in the harbor and Long Island Sound. Thomas also enjoyed restoring antique cars. After moving to Mt. Vision in 1989, Thomas, being a skilled handyman, enjoyed working on many different projects. Thomas also loved spending time with his family.

He survived by his sons, Brian (Nancy) O’Neill of New Rochelle, Matthew (Joan Bookhout) O’Neill of Milford; his daughters, Suellen (John) O’Malley of New Rochelle, and Laurie (Charles) O’Neill-Shipley of Laurens. Thomas is also survived by his 6 grandchildren, Erin O’Malley, Megan Valvano, Thomas O’Neill, Michael O’Malley, Sean O’Neill, and Moss O’Neill as well as 9 great grandchildren. Thomas was predeceased by his brother John O’Neill and sister Mary Ellen Seiser.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 2-4 PM in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta.

To light a candle or send an online condolence, visit Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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John n marie DONEGAN

May 14, 2021

Deepest sympathy to Suellen and the O Neill family on the sad passing of your Dad.

Rest In peace Thomas

Shannon Van Aken

May 13, 2021

I only knew Tommy for a short 4 years. He would always come into my store. He loved his sweet donuts an sandwiches. His love for his wife was sweet an he would talk alot about her. He would say when you hit 90 like I did... he would pick on me about me not getting my divorce yet. Tommy i will miss you very much. Love ya buddy your friend the little Irish Dutch girl :)

Greg Valvano

May 13, 2021

When I think of Tom, I think of the years I spent living upstate with my wife and my best friend in Mt. Vision, right down the road from the O’Neill family barn. I think of the dedicated man who was always there for us whenever we needed him at all hours of the day and all days of the year. I think about walking his property with him and talking cars, listening to epic tales of the places where I grew up and trading similar stories about our city. I remember sitting down for weekly home-cooked dinners where I was welcomed in as part of the family. At the time, I was just another kid but I still called him “Grandpa”.

I feel lucky to have been able to spend the moments with him that I did. He was a larger than life kind of guy. With so many heroic and legendary life experiences, he was like someone you’d really only hear about in literature. When you mentioned his name in either New Rochelle or the Oneonta area, everyone knew of him. His life’s work and achievements were well regarded and well deserved.

Over the years, his words and unique character have inspired me and all of us in the entire family, and for that I’d like to say thank you, Tom. Thank you for all your influence. Thank you for making Mt. Vision that very special place where Megan and I fell in love. Thank you for being there for us through those crucial college years. Thank you for having such an strong impact on my own parents and for being a wonderful “Great Grandpa” to my four children. I will always carry your stories, wisdom and memories with me, as we all will.

Give Pauline a big kiss for us all.


Deniese Valvano

May 12, 2021

Memories of Tom, grandpa, come back to us as little videos..... laughing with Tom...listening to stories about the place we called home for most of our lives.....dancing with him at weddings and watching his eyes light up at the sight of his grandchildren and his great grandchildren and of course his bride. I always marveled at his ability to make a man like my husband relax and chat and run out of a party to go pick corn somewhere. He brought out the best in people. A real sweetheart of a man. I can’t imagine that land without Tom. His soul will always be a part of it and everyone who came to know him. Thank you Tom for all the blessings you bestowed upon us. Go in peace.
With love and respect,
Dee & John

Lynette Coe

May 12, 2021

My condolences to the O'Neill family. I feel lucky to have met such a wonderful man who welcomed everyone he met. He will be well missed but we will all have such great memories to share and hold onto. xo

Lee Hebenstreit

May 11, 2021

I'm very saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We spent many days and hours together when I was young servicing moorings in New Rochelle Harbor when Tom & JO owned the mooring business.

Tom was always kind, knowledgeable, and I learned many things from him. The time I spent with Tom helped shape me into the person I am today. He will be missed but never forgotten. My heart goes out to Tom's family during this difficult time.

Suellen O’Malley

May 11, 2021

My son-in-law Greg captured this pic of my father working on an antique car -which is something he loved to do. My dad would help anyone who was in need and loved sharing his many stories of the past with anyone that would listen . 😊He was a great father, grandfather and Great Grandfather❤️ He touched the lives of so many people and will be so missed by all. He missed my mom so much that I am hoping they are finally enjoying each other’s company again. Love you Dad RIP