Edward O'Neil

Edward T. ""Ed"" O'Neil

Wednesday, July 29th, 1942 - Sunday, January 19th, 2020
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Edward T. O’Neil, 77, of Morton Ave., Groton passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center after becoming ill at home.

Ed was born July 29, 1942 in Johnson City, NY the son of the late Thomas B. and Mary C. Lee O’Neil. He grew up in Endicott and graduated from Endicott High School. He went to work at IBM in Owego as a project manager where he stayed for 30 years until his retirement. He met the love of his life, Gail A. Thomas and they were married on May 5, 1979. He lived a short time in Glen Aubry and moved to Groton when he got married. Retirement from IBM for Ed did not mean “Stop working”. He worked at Greene’s Dry Cleaning in Moravia as a salesperson, the First National Bank of Groton, as a bailiff for the Groton Town Court, an assistant at Zirbel Funeral Home in Groton and detailed cars in his “spare time”. He was a past member of the Glen Aubry Rotary Club.

He was friendly to everyone he met and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. The light of his life was his granddaughter, Harper and totally enjoyed babysitting her after school and whenever he got the chance. A recent family trip to Disney World was a dream-come-true for him.

He is survived by his wife, Gail A. Thomas O’Neil at home; his son, James (Tina) O’Neil of Locke and his granddaughter, Harper O’Neil of Locke as well as several nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

In addition to his parents he was pre-deceased by a sister, Sandra Knapp.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020, 1:00 pm at the Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams St., Groton. Interment at a later date will be in Groton Rural Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm prior to the services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Groton Fire Department Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 96, Groton, NY 13073 or the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204-1305.

Online condolences may be left at www.zirbelfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Zirbel Funeral Home
    115 Williams St.
    GROTON, NY 13073
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 1:00pm
    Zirbel Funeral Home
    115 Williams St.
    GROTON, NY 13073
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  • Interment

    Groton Rural Cemetery
    Clark Street
    GROTON, NY 13073
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  • Reception

    Stonehedges Golf Course
    549 Stevens Road
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Posted at 08:44pm
Our thought are with you Gail and the family at this difficult time. The Fenner Family

Barb and Bill Ayres

Posted at 12:11pm
My husband and were Ed's neighbors a couple years ago. He was such a sweet man so happy.friendly ,loved our grandkids that played with Harper . He use to help me with my flower bed getting rid of the weeds we talked a lot he would come over and start a conversation and it would last for a half hour or so enjoyed his company i am so sad but he is will always be remembered by us. R.I.P Ed Barbara and William Ayres Prayers to you Gail wonderful people.

Chris Green

Posted at 10:36am
Gail, Jamie and family -- I was very saddened to learn of Uncle Ed's passing on Sunday. He was a gentle and kind soul who always put me at ease with his presence and his dry wit and humor. We Green kids were fortunate to have extended family like Uncle Ed (and you all) in our lives. My condolences on his passing - he is very much missed already.

Chris Syvertsen

Posted at 02:06am
Gail, Jamie and family,

I am saddened to hear the news of Ed's passing. Please accept my condolences. I have so many fond memories of him as a kid hanging out at Jamie's house. He was always armed with jokes that made me laugh every time. I also have great memories spending time with your family at the camp on the lake in the summer. Ed always took great care of us and I credit him for teaching me how to drive a boat. He will be truly missed.

Cynthia Syvertsen

Posted at 06:11pm
Gail, Jamie, and family,

We were so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Tom and I have many happy memories of your family - a long time ago! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Cyndy and Tom Syvertsen Glen Mills, PA


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