Joseph O'Neill

Joseph Francis O'Neill

Thursday, January 19th, 1939 - Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
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O’Neill, Joseph “Joe” Francis

It is with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of Joe at Lakeridge Health, Bowmanville on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. Joe slipped away peacefully in his sleep to the open arms of his loving Father and Saviour our Lord Jesus Christ.
Joe will be missed by his daughter Marie (Lyle). Joe was predeceased by his wife Donna.
Joe is survived by his siblings Paul (Marilyn), Clare (Barbara), Anne Marie (Daniel) and Gerry (Marlene).
Joe was predeceased by his father and mother, Patrick and Mary (Collins) O’Neill, sisters Shirley and Patsy Lawrence.
He will be dearly missed by his many nieces and nephews and their children, and extended family. Joe will be especially missed by his niece Jennifer Streicher and his grand-nephew Noah Cannavan-Tuck.
A special “Thank You” goes out to Anne Marie Cannavan for her loving care of her brother in his time of need.
Joe was born on Jan 19, 1939 on the family farm in Downeyville, Ontario, the first-born child of Patrick and Mary. Joe spent his whole working career in the grocery business, working for Dominion Stores, and Sunnybrook food stores in Peterborough, Oshawa, Richmond Hill and Toronto. Starting out as a grocery clerk in Peterborough, Joe advanced to Assistant Manager and Store Manager in several stores.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home (124 King St. E., Oshawa). A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (127 Liberty St. S., Bowmanville). Please register for the visitation and service using the RSVP tab at or by calling 905-433-4711. Masks are required. Urn Interment will follow at St. Martin’s Cemetery, Ennismore. Donations are gratefully accepted to the charity of your choice or the R.S McLaughlin Cancer Centre. Online condolences may be left at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 28th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, September 28th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Armstrong Funeral Home
    124 King Street East
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B6
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    Please register for the visitation by using the RSVP tab or calling 905-433-4711. Masks are required at the funeral home.
  • Service

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Joseph's Catholic Church
    127 Liberty Street South
    Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 2P5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Please register for the funeral mass by using the RSVP tab or calling 905-433-4711. Masks are required at the funeral home.
    Rev. Craig Cruikshank
  • Interment

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
    St. Martin's Cemetery
    513 Ennis Road
    Ennismore, Ontario
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Donations are being accepted for: R.S. McLaughlin Regional Cancer Centre.


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Jennifer Streicher

Posted at 11:34pm
Where do I begin..... Words cannot describe how much you are missed. Uncle Joe, you were always like a father to me growing up. We shared so many good memories.
How about that time when you would send all the cousins over to get a grocery cart so we could take your empties back. I used to love spending the money at Becker’s. I remember the day you and Aunt Shirley moved in to my parents house. I used to bring my friends down stairs to say hi to uncle Joe!!
I will never forget that you were the one to take me out in your car the day I got my license.
I think I was your chauffeur that day. We made many stops at Tailgate Charlies.
Do u remember the late night run to Mc Donald’s to get chicken nuggets? Those were the good old days that I will cherish. I will never forget how u always stuck your front teeth out and tried to scare all the cousins.
You even tried that on my children.
You always made us laugh.
I miss going to walmart and picking up your groceries, Pulling up to moms and waving to u through the window or walking by your room waiting for you to ask how my day was. Instead, I see a dark room and an empty chair!
It’s not the same without my dear uncle around.
You will be missed. We love you !!
Until we meet again💕❤️
I’m really missing u😥


Posted at 01:37pm
Loving Remembered: Gerry, Marlene and Family
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Anne & Dan, Lisa, Noah, Hailey & Jennifer & Reuben

Posted at 10:04am
To the best brother & uncle ever. We will really miss you,, Joe. Gone, but not forgotten.
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Kellie O’Neill

Posted at 09:11pm
I have fond memories of visiting my Uncle Joe as a kid, along with my sister, brother and parents. He used to joke around and startle us kids by sticking out his false teeth when we least expected it - which we thought was absolutely hilarious! I also remember looking forward to when Joe would give us his empty beer bottles to take back to the nearby Beer Store, and my siblings and I would excitedly use the money to buy ice cream! Joe was sarcastic and liked to joke around with his brothers and sisters, nieces, and nephews. I remember at Grandma O’Neills 75th birthday party, Uncle Joe and our cousin Mike ate a chip sandwich - which we all (nieces and nephews) thought was so strange... but so funny. Joe always made us laugh!

In later years, I remember Uncle Joe loved chatting to my brother, Chris, (who also worked at A&P), about their grocery store work; and Joe loved chatting to cousin Vicki and I about all of the drama happening in his soap operas, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless.

Joe was grateful for the little things in life, too - he loved driving around in his little car, even if it was just a quick trip to Sunday mass at St. Joe’s or a day trip to Ennismore for a trip down memory-lane with Aunt Anne or Aunt Patsy.

Thanks for the fond memories, Uncle Joe. You will be missed by many, but I’m grateful that God called you into the Kingdom of Heaven, relieving you of your pain and suffering. May you look down on the O’Neill family and bring us comfort, strength and peace as we fondly remember you. “Rest In Peace” - xoxo love, always.
-Kellie (O’Neill) Patrick

Deborah Whyte Posted at 12:05pm

I have such fond memories of my cousin Joe as an adult. With 20 years difference in age we did not have much in common. He was always kind and gentle with a welcoming smile. We will all miss you Joe. Rest In Peace 💕

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