March 14, 2023 at 6:12 p.m.

Father James D. O’Neill, 92

Father James D. O’Neill, 92
Father James D. O’Neill, 92

Father James D. O’Neill, born Feb. 17, 1931 in Lancaster to Martin and Arlene (Laney), passed peacefully to the Lord on March 2 at the Teresian House in Albany.

Ordained June 1, 1957, Father O’Neill served in several parishes in the Diocese of Albany including Holy Family (St. Patrick’s) in Albany, St. Joseph’s (Nativity of the B.V.M) in Stuyvesant, St. Joseph’s in Rensselaer, Holy Trinity (St. Patrick’s) in Johnstown, Transfiguration Parish (St. Bonaventure’s) in Speigletown, St. Joseph’s in Green Island and he retired from St. Peter’s in Stillwater.

Father O’Neill is survived by his sisters, Eileen Hallenbeck and Sharon (William) Jones, sister-in-law, Patricia O’Neill, and several nieces and nephews down to the fourth generation. Along with his parents, Father O’Neill was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen, and brother-in-law, Harrington Conrad, his sister, Mary Ann, and brother-in-law, Raymond Jones, his sister, Maureen, and brother-in law Bruce Farrinelli, sister, Joanne, and brother-in-law Phillip Raffiani, and brother Thomas O’Neill.  

Father O’Neill offers love and gratitude to all his loved ones: to Father Richard Shaw, and his extended family, parishioners and friends. Father O’Neill wishes to offer his special thanks to his friend Mary Carney, who served as his secretary at St. Bonaventure’s.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Church of St. Patrick in Ravena. The Rite of Committal was held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Coeymans.

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