Jeremiah (Jerry) Charles O’Neill, 78, of Georgetown, MA passed away May 7 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Jerry was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. by his late parents, Charles O’Neill ofDublin, Ireland and Josephine (Callaghan) O’Neill of Kilgarvan, Ireland, who each immigrated to the United States in the 1930s. He attended Fordham University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics. Upon graduating, Jerry joined the US Marine Corps where he served for five years in active duty. He was stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of Captain and was honorably discharged in 1966 at which point he spent four years in the reserves while living in the San Francisco area. During this time, he immersed himself into the free-spirited culture of the region and he also worked on the Bobby Kennedy Campaign. Jerry had various hobbies, interests and jobs over the years. He was always eager to learn a new skill and never hesitated to put his full heart into it. He started out working as a copy boy at the New York Daily News during high school. Over the years, he
dabbled in jewelry making, astrology, photography, traveling, riding his motorcycle, hitchhiking across North America, camping and many other ventures. Jerry spent many years working as a computer systems analyst, even operating his own computer software programming company at one point. He was co-owner of the Rowley Country Club Golf Course in Rowley, MA for 22 years where his children spent their summers working to which they now attribute their strong work ethics. Jerry lived a full and rich life, always with humor and a generous heart. His kindness and laugh were contagious. He worked hard, but his family and faith were paramount. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Donna. They worked hard to harmoniously raise a large and loving family together with his former wife Anne Tucker, always putting their children's happiness above all else. For 31 years, they enjoyed watching their children grow, going to the theatre, traveling, and spending the occasional night out away from the chaos. He coached his children's soccer teams, went to all their art shows, dance and piano recitals, and innumerable sporting games. He encouraged each child to pursue all of their interests; he believed in each of them wholeheartedly. His sense of adventure led to many car rides with no destination in mind but somehow ended up being some of our favorite memories. Jerry’s adventurous spirit and trusting nature took him places near and far making for unforgettable stories always told with a twinkle in his eye. Jerry’s Catholic faith was a prominent part of his life. He was a member of various faith communities, including St. Basil’s Salvatorian Center in Methuen, Mass. and St. Mary’s Parish in Georgetown, Mass., and he participated in activities like Cursillo, prison ministry, youth retreats, and many rosary groups. His devotion to our Blessed Mother
led him to make several pilgrimages to places such as
Medjugorje and Holy Love. He volunteered for Food for the Poor where he participated with his family building one room houses for impoverished people. He was also a big supporter of the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Haverhill, MA. Wherever Jerry went, he treated and accepted everyone that he came across as a close friend and somehow always managed to recruit people
to be part of his Cursillo family.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Donna (Byrne) O’Neill, of 31 years; his 7 children, Julie O’Neill of Georgetown, MA, Christie O’Neill of Oakland, CA, Charlie O’Neill and wife Daniela O’Neill of Tewksbury, MA, Kyla O’Neill and husband Kwesi Roberts of Oakland, CA, Jeremiah O’Neill and wife Jill Mucci of Cambridge, MA, Katrina Daniel of Austin, TX, and JD Kronicz and wife Yan Kronicz of Camp Hill, PA; and his four grandchildren, Rylen O’Neill Roberts and Kassidy, Jared, and Zach Kronicz. He is also survived by his brother Kevin O’Neill of Bedford, NH, and his many extended family and close friends.
Jerry is predeceased by his sister Nora O’Neill, his three brothers Paddy, James, and Charlie O’Neill of Dublin, Ireland and his beloved furry companion Andre.
In light of the pandemic, his burial will be private with a celebration of life gathering later this year. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to Sarah’s Place Adult
Day Health Center, 180 Water St, Haverhill, MA.
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