FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Col. John J. “Jack” O'Neil, 88, of Fair Lawn, died Saturday, Oct. 8.
He was born in Detroit and was raised on Long Island before moving to Fair Lawn at 13, where he settled his entire life.
A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, he served his country in Berlin during the Berlin Airlift then the Korean War and continued to serve in the Army Reserves, achieving the rank of colonel prior to retiring.
He was a parishioner of St. Anne RC Church in Fair Lawn. He was chairman of the Fair Lawn Veterans Council, as well as parade commander for the Memorial Day Parade. He was an active member of American Legion Post 171, Catholic War Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Fair Lawn and the Korean War Veterans of Saddle Brook. He served as adjutant to the NJ Catholic War Veterans. He was the 8th Eagle Scout for Boy Scout Troop 53 in Radburn and was named a patron.
Prior to retiring in 2009, he was employed as an office manager with Magnatrol Valve Company in Hawthorne for 49 years.
He is survived by his wife, Anna (De Groot) O’Neil; daughter, Sharon Rendfrey and husband Alan; and brother, Walter O’Neil and wife Karen.
A funeral Mass is planned for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Anne RC Church, 15-05 St. Anne St., Fair Lawn. Interment will follow at Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Fair Lawn. The family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home Inc., 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Legion Post 171,17-08 River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 or Boy Scout Troop 53 c/o Radburn Association, 29-20 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410