James Roger “Jim” O’Neil passed away on February 5, 2016, after illness related to congestive heart failure. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia, in August 2015. He is survived by his sons, Jim and Sean O’Neil, their wives, Mia and Tammy, and three grandchildren, Lashar, Brenden and Tameria. He also left behind relatives in New England and many long‐time friends. He will be missed by all.
Jim was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1939. After his marriage, he and Pat spent a brief time in California, transferring to his last duty in Virginia Beach, VA, where they made their permanent home. He met his wife, who was also in the Navy, while still stationed in Boston.
He began his Navy career at the age of 17 as a seaman. He served on several ships, and at his retirement he was a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4). He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, retiring in 1982. Jim had a lifelong love of golf, and spent many happy days playing after his retirement. He was active at Oceana Naval Air Station, Eagle Haven and the Kempsville golf courses, and was joined on many golf outings by his wife and their sons.
A memorial service will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home on Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00a.m. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfh.com
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