Bernard J. O’Neill
WHITINGHAM- Bernard J. O’Neill, 89, of Jacksonville and Redding, CT, died on Monday, June 1 in the loving care of his beloved daughter Cynthia and his wife Joan.
Mr. O’Neill was born in New York, NY, the third of four children. He earned his AME at the State University of New York and his BSME at the University of Bridgeport. He was a proud patriot of his country and a servant to his town and his family. He served in Korea in the US Army from 1951 to 1953. He received several service honors including the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars, the ROK Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He volunteered for the Redding town committee, participated on the planning committee, was active with St. Patrick’s Church throughout his life, and was a member of the Redding Men’s Club.
Mr. O’Neill had a successful career in engineering, program management, and marketing for advanced electro-optical systems. He was a technical authority on infrared technology throughout the aerospace industry and government agencies with Hughes Optical Systems Corporation (formerly Perkin-Elmer Corporation). He began his career at Sikorsky in 1953 before moving to Perkin-Elmer where he assumed progressive roles and managerial responsibilities throughout his tenure.
He met the love of his life, Joan, at Newton High School in Elmhurst, Queens, NY. They were married for 66 years. Mr. O’Neill is survived by his wife; three children, Michael (Colleen) O’Neill, Nancy O’Neill Kelly (Douglas), and Cynthia O’Neil; three grandchildren, Meghan O’Neill, Daniel Kelly, and Matthew Kelly (Samantha); and one great-grandchild, Patrick James Kelly.
Memorial gifts can be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 169 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, CT, 06896. Bernard J. O’Neill was laid to rest in Jacksonville.