Daniel Patrick O’Neill Jr. “Papa”

January 18th, 2014

Daniel Patrick O’Neill Jr., age 71, of Baltimore, MD, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at his home following a lengthy illness on December 23, 2013.  Born in Lowell, MA on March 29, 1942, Dan was the cherished son of the late Alice (Gath) O’Neill and Daniel Patrick O’Neill Sr.  Dan was raised in Lowell and graduated from Lowell Vocational School.  Following high school, Dan enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He served his country proudly and was honorably discharged in 1968.

After returning home from the service, Dan married his love Joan, of Wilmington, on July 24, 1971.  Dan and Joan made their home in Wilmington in 1978, where they lived for 25 years and raised their three wonderful children.  Dan and Joan were devoted members of their church and loved to vacation in Florida with many friends especially Nick and Judy Delninno.  Dan or “Papa” as he was known could always be spotted driving around Wilmington in his trademark El Camino.

Dan retired after 15+ years as a custodian for the Town of Wilmington; working full time at the Wilmington High School.   He was a devoted follower of the high school football team and enjoyed spending time with his co-workers.  Prior to his time with the Town of Wilmington, Dan worked as a painter and a machinist.  Dan enjoyed reading, playing keno, scratching scratch tickets or just sitting out on his deck.  He and Joan loved their long time pet Chihuahua Riggins, anyone that would visit would always see Riggins right by their side.

Dan was the beloved husband of 42 years of Joan A. (Aruda) O’Neill, devoted father of Lisa O’Neill Flanagan and her husband Scott of Somerville, Leanne O’Neill Tilton & her husband Michael of Baltimore and Stephen & his wife Krysta of Wilmington; loving and adored “Papa” of Jessica and Julius Thompson, Ricky & Charissa Tilton, Candi & Jen Morgan, and Shane O’Neill. His sisters Maureen Toupin and her husband Roland of Dracut and the late Annmarie Ogden and her husband Robert of Dunstable. Dear brother-in-law of Barry Aruda of Maine, Cindy Poulin and her husband Fred of Fall River & Wayne Aruda and his wife Mary of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 25th, for Visiting Hours from 3-6 p.m. and will conclude with Military honors. In lieu of flowers donations in Daniel’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.


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  2. Peggy Poulin Earle says:

    May the memories of our times in Lenox and family gatherings and the Lord’s Blessings strengthen you all and guide you to peace and understanding during this time. My prayers and love to you all.

  3. Ron & Michelle Benoit says:

    Dear Joan and Family,
    We loved Dan and his life of faith, love, and stability that he invested in you all.
    It was such a joy to be at his service in Baltimore and see how his great decisions to trust God for his life and location brought decades of blessings and joy.
    May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:15

  4. Nick&judy delninno says:

    To Joan and family
    Danny was a great friend who would do any for you,he will be missed greatly,we can be assured we will see him again in heaven,may God bless you and the family.
    Love, Nick & Judy

  5. Eileen Morehead says:

    Dear Joan, I’m trusting The Lord is holding you in the palm of His hands. I’m so sorry sweetheart, know that I am praying. The heart is broken but the truth is one day you are secure in the gift to know, you well see him again for eternity. I thank Our Lord Jian for your testimony in a faith filled walk with Christ.
    I love you,

  6. lisa kennedy-cox says:

    To Joan, Lisa, Leanne, and Stephen,

    I will always remember Danny as a good friend, who was funny, friendly and kind. We always had so much fun at Joan and Danny’s or at Judy and Nicky’s house. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.



  7. Eric Murray says:

    Joan, Reno, Lisa and family,

    We are all going to miss that unmistakeable joyful laugh and smile that only the Greek could throw down …… He made any event or gathering he attended all that much more enjoyable with his antics and homegrown sayings such as ” Hi Greek” , the one his now infamous for…… If everyone was as happy and carefree as Danny O’Neill this world would spin a little slower and people would actually like one another. Of course we would all be driving El-camino’s with a cold beverage between our legs and sporting a Ral-Mac hat that looked brand new even though it was 20 yo….. But that’s what made Uncle Dan ” The Greek” …… RIP my friend…. See you on the other side, tell Kelli we all miss her and can’t wait to see her again ,,,,,,,

  8. Virginia Braga says:

    Dear Joan: My heart goes out to you and your family in your great loss. I wish I had known Danny better, but know with your great faith you will be together again one day. May the Lord give you strength at this time and may you enjoy the wonderful memories you have. With much love and sympathy from all my family who remember you and your family so fondly and our days in Cambridge growing up together.

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