BRUNSWICK - Ronald E. O'Neill, 96, of Brunswick and Calais, ME, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at home in Brunswick. He was the eldest child of Byrne T. and Hazel (Brewer) O'Neill.
He graduated from Calais Academy in 1936. He was a proud WWII veteran, serving in Europe with the 271st Engineer Battalion. His participation last June in the Honor Flight program for WWII vets to the war memorials in Washington, D.C., was a special day for him. He married Eleanor Mundie in February 1947. He moved his young family to CT in 1950 and was employed by John Hancock. He later became a Civil Service employee of a U.S. Army Intelligence Unit, retiring in March, 1985. He and Eleanor returned to Calais in 1991. He was an active charter member of the Lions Club earning the distinction of Lion of the Year. Ronald was also a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was proud of Irish heritage and was able to enjoy a trip of a lifetime to Ireland at age 91 with his son, Patrick.
He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor; and sister, Dorothy Pratt. He is survived by his three children and their families, Jane Stewart and her husband, Frank, of Glastonbury, CT, Patrick and Mary-Rose O'Neill of Southwick, MA, and Kathryn O'Neill, with whom he made his home in recent years and who provided him with loving care. Ron also leaves six grandsons, Jay Stewart and his wife, Nicole, Thomas Stewart, Patrick and Sean O'Neill and John and James Davis. He also leaves two stepgrandsons, William and Timothy Stewart. He was the great-grandfather to Cameron, Lacey and Cooper Stewart. He will be missed by his sisters, Beatrice (O'Neill) Eyler, Mimi MacArthur and Genevieve McKeil; and his cousins, Doris Button and Irene Moyer. Special thanks to Sharon Scammacca and Nikki O'Farrell for their wonderful care and support. The family appreciates the devoted love and friendship provided to Ron by Patsy and David Beckett of Calais.
A graveside service is planned for June in Calais with military honors.