Reverend Timothy H. O’Neill – Obituary – Mahoning Valley

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January 17, 1940 ~ October 16, 2021 (81 years old)

Reverend Timothy H. O’Neill, 81, passed away on Saturday, October 16.

He was born in the west of the city on January 17, 1940 to Hubert and Mary Catherine McIntee O’Neill. Father O’Neill graduated from St. Brendan Elementary School and Ursuline High School before entering and graduating from St. Gregory and Mount St. Mary of the West seminaries in Cincinnati. He also obtained a Masters of Education (Orientation Board) from Xavier University. Bro. O’Neill did graduate work at St. Louis University, and later in religious studies at the University of San Francisco, earning a master’s degree in divinity. He was ordained on May 27, 1967 by Most Reverend James W. Malone, Bishop of Youngstown in St. Columba Cathedral. After his ordination, he was Associate Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Canton and Stark County Director of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). He joined Youngstown Cardinal Mooney faculty in 1970, teaching religion and serving as chaplain for the school’s sports teams.

Father Tim was known to start his classes by telling his students to just “be” for the first few minutes of class. Father O’Neill’s first pastorate was in 1987 at St. Paul’s Parish in New Middletown. In 1992 he was appointed pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Hubbard, until his retirement in 2015. Father O’Neill lived by the mantra “Selfless Giving Equals Happiness”. His selfless gifts were evident with the many awards he has received over the years. In addition to his dedication as a teacher and pastor, Fr. O’Neill co-founded The Difference Makers, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping those in need, especially children. In 2009, he was selected by the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center as Honored Grand Communicator “for his outstanding contribution to communications and service to the community”. He was a member of the board of directors and a volunteer advisor to the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic. Father O’Neill also received the prestigious “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the highest honor bestowed on American citizens.

He leaves in his memory his brother Thomas and his sister-in-law Bernardine O’Neill, a niece and several nephews.

With his parents, Father O’Neill is predeceased by his sister Ann Marie Sullivan.

Friends can call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20 to St. Columba’s Cathedral, where there will be a Vespers service at 7 p.m.

A Christian burial mass will be celebrated by Most Reverend David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown at 1:00 p.m. Thursday October 21 at the Cathedral.

Material tributes can be made in Bro. O’Neill’s Name at St. Patrick’s Parish, 225 North Main Street, Hubbard, Ohio 44425 for help in rebuilding the church.

Family and friends of Reverend Timothy O’Neill can visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to consult this obituary and offer our condolences to the family.


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