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Leo Joseph O'Neill

Leo Joseph  O'Neill

Passed on: June 20th, 2019

It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Leo Joseph ‘Joey’ O'Neill on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the New Waterford Consolidate Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Leo and Veronica O'Neill.
Joey was employed with Devco for many years until his retirement.
Joey was an avid horseman and enjoyed harness racing. He was inducted into the Horsemen Association Hall of Fame in 2001. He was very proud of this award. With some friends he built a playground in Reserve Mines for the local children. He enjoyed going dancing, always wanted to take the girls for a spin around the dance floor.
Joey is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Florence (Gallant) O'Neill; his three daughters, Joanne Donovan (Ron), Brenda (Scott) and Belinda (Bob); his wonderful grandchildren, Devon, Kara, Hillary, Jordan, Rachel and Holly, and 13 precious great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Francie Gilbert, and Mildred (John) Haitse; honorary family member Mary, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Joey was predeceased by son-in-law, David Donovan; brothers, Tommy, Billy, Jackie, Gerald and John Francis in infancy; sisters, Pat Redding, Mella Popwell, Jean Clancy, Elaine MacDonald.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. at T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, 370 Reserve St., Glace Bay, (902-849-4199). A memorial service will take place 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019 in the funeral home chapel with Fr. Dan Boudreau officiating. Burial to follow.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Lang for her care and compassion; to the doctors, nurses and staff of the New Waterford Hospital. Thank you to the Cape Breton Homemakers for taking special care of Joey, he enjoyed seeing you come to the house.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.tjtracey.com.


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