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KINGSTON, NH - Joseph F. O'Neil "Joe", age 82, recently of Kingston, N.H., formerly of Port Charlotte, FL, died unexpectedly at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., on January 2nd with loving family by his side.
Born in Chelsea, MA, on May 24, 1935, he attended Medford High School until he joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He went around the world twice on a Navy destroyer during the Korean War and received the National Defense Service Medal as well as the China Service Medal. Joe proudly received his High School G.E.D. later in life in Port Charlotte, FL. He worked at General Electric in Lynn for 30 years before retiring to Florida with his beloved wife, Jane.
Joe had many interests and hobbies during his lifetime, including riding and showing quarterhorses, fishing, boating, woodworking, and golfing. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing chess, dancing, playing guitar, listening to country-western music, and
cooking. He was especially well known for his spaghetti sauce.
Joe is survived by his children, Susan Bowler of Walpole, NH; Debbi Bowler of Merrimac, Phil Bowler and partner Robert Dompier of Merrimac, Mass., Pamela Clifford of Norwood, Mass., and Paula Hartney and husband Donald Hartney, Sr. of Salem, MA; grandchildren, Shea McDonough, Ryan O'Neil, Patrick Clifford, Jessica Hartney, and Donald Hartney, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Arielle O'Neil, Ryan O'Neil, Jr., and Elle Hartney; brother, Ronald O'Neil and wife Carolyn of North Port, FL; sister, Diane Roughan and partner Kathy Widell of N. Fort Myers, Fla.; sister, Dale Ducrow of Rowley; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Jane O'Neil; daughter, Linda O'Neil; granddaughter, Erin Clifford; great-grandsons, Caleb Clifford and Robert Clifford; sister, Patricia O'Neil; and brother, Bruce Blakesley, Sr.
Services will be held at the Highland Street Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, on Sunday, January 7th with a wake from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service starting at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in memory of Joe be made to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.
Published on January 4, 2018
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