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November 20, 2016

Gary Holden O’Neil of Inverhuron died at his home, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in his 87th year. He was born on the O’Neil homestead in Oldcastle, Ontario, Oct. 20, 1930, to Clyde and Mildred (née Holden) O'Neil. An eternal optimist, Gary was referred to by many as the happiest man they knew. His laugh and his humour were loud and infectious. He attended Kennedy Collegiate and was an active athlete. A big southpaw with a nasty slider, he proved himself a winning pitcher and achieved media notoriety while playing AKO football. With a wife and small child at home, he attended University of Windsor and achieved a business degree. His early career included Murphy Tobacco and Canadian Customs. He then went on to a lengthy sales and management career in both pharmaceuticals and electronics. He was a hobbyist and filled his time with woodworking, barbershop, squash and jogging. Of all his joys, his greatest love was his bride, Ida Louise O'Neil (née Slack). Celebrating 65 years of marriage and 70 years a couple, he still referred to her as his bride and missed no opportunity to profess his love. Gary is survived by his bride, Ida; son, Keith O’Neil; his favourite daughter-in-law, Coral Milne; his two grandsons, Spence and Reid; and the most recent addition, his granddaughter-in-law, Bre. He leaves his daughter, Martha Jane O’Neil (Marnie); many beloved nieces and nephews; and a slew of dear friends, many more like family, and their children. Predeceased by his big brother, Russel O’Neil, who was a role model and best friend. Gary O’Neil was a man you remembered meeting. He left you feeling better about yourself and more than likely with a smile. His last summer was a magical one spent on his front porch in Inverhuron surrounded by family and friends, expressing his love and gratitude for his life. His legacy is love and laughter. All is well, Dad … you will be missed eternally. A memorial service to celebrate Gary’s life will be held at the Anglican Church of the Messiah, 421 Russell Street, Kincardine, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Rob Hiscox officiating. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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