OBITUARY

Mr. Kenneth Maurice O'NEAL

September 4, 1943December 31, 2019

Kenneth Maurice O'NEAL was born on September 4, 1943 and passed away on December 31, 2019.

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Mr. Kenneth Maurice O'NEAL

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joe chavez

January 4, 2020

Brenda, nothing but great memories of working with Ken. Ken, was my contact in setting up a lot of the old gtedc sales canvas mobil offices Lakeland, Sarasota, etc. When working with Ken he made it so it never felt like you were working, his smile and laugh will be remembered. Prayers to you and the family.

Dale Lockwood

January 4, 2020

Brenda and family,

I knew Ken since my earliest days at GTEDC. Our relationship was always a social one as we never worked directly together but, there is not a single thought of him that doesn’t ignite a sparkle in my eye and a smile on my face. Ken made every thing fun and the world just got a little bit colder without the warmth he brought to our lives.

RIP my friend, Ken.

Laura Strickland

January 3, 2020

Brenda and family, please accept our sincere condolences with Ken’s passing. Ken was such a gentleman and kind hearted and mentored so many. He made our workplace so much better and professional and we all learned so much from him. I admired him and am so proud to have called him a friend. He made this world a better place and always with a touch of humor. He paid me such an honor by attending my retirement gathering. I asked for donations of cat food as I work with strays. I’ll never forget Ken walking in the door with a huge bag of dry cat food under his arm. Somewhere along the way it opened and a trail of cats food followed him in the party! He made so many of us smile. What a great man! Rest in peace my friend. Ed and Laura Strickland

Parker Metcalf

January 3, 2020

...Brenda and Family. Suzy and I are so very sad to hear about Ken's passing. Your Husband was a very caring and giving man. He was always a person to look up to and admire. He was the best Manager and Mentor. He made working at GTE/Verizon fun and a lot less stressful. I feel quite fortunate to have had a working relationship and friendship with Ken as he was always fair, reasonable and very generous! He was one of the best parts of working at GTE/Verizon! I felt fortune to be able to call Ken "Pops". Ken also was a master at nick-naming fellow co-workers. His nick name for me was "Valet"....perfect! May God bless you Brenda! May your Husband rest in peace. All our love and prayers....Parker and Suzy Metcalf

Ron Gerino

January 3, 2020

Brenda and Family,
It is with the greatest sorrow that I write this today..
Susan and I are so very sad to hear of Ken's passing, he was truly a great friend and mentor to both of us. He nicknamed Susan " Daisy " and was always very protective of her at the office. He took me under his wing when I first transferred here, and decided my name would be In-jun.... always quick with a nickname ! I will never forget the many times we boated and fished together.. we never caught much, but always managed to have a great time. We were able to meet up awhile back and catch up on old times, and he was very proud to be driving his new Porsche... said he always wanted one.
We will miss him, and our prayers are with you and your family...
Ron & Susan Gerino

Nick Diorio

January 3, 2020

Brenda and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. No words can truly express the sadness that I feel.
I am so glad to have been able to call him my friend since he hired me in 1989.
He was a great manager and it was my honor to work for and with him.
I still remember the day Pete and I picked up our company cars at your house after IST.
He was great with nicknames. He called Parker, valet.
He said he hired Pete and I because we had on business shoes.
I will miss him.
Nick Diorio

Dick Traudt

January 2, 2020

Brenda and Family: Our sincere sympathy to all of you for your loss. You are all in our prayers. I had the honor or working with Ken for a number of years in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He was a great leader and friend. In fact a few years ago I joined him and Nick Diorio at the Tampa Racetrack. Usually I lose almost every race. But Ken was still “encouraging” me as I won every race but one! He always new how to have fun and liked to share it with everyone he met. Brenda I remember how warm a welcome you gave us when we visited you all at your last home. Our Love and Prayers are being sent your way today as well as to all your family. Dick and Ginnie Traudt