O’NEIL, Stuart - Peacefully at University Hospital on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, George Stuart O’Neil of London in his 85th year.
Beloved husband of Jocelyn for almost 60 years. Loving father of Barry and his wife Barbara Westfall, Steve and his wife Colette Léger, and Brian and his wife Ruth Shanahan. Proud Grandpa of Céline and Marcel, and Joshua. Dear brother of Helen (the late Bill Sande), Max (Deirdre) and the late Marjerie. Also, remembered by brother-in-law Skip Charlton and many nieces and nephews.
Stuart built many friendships through his years, but some of the most enduring came with hockey, excelling at high school (Medway), and continuing with his championship team at the University of Guelph. Golf became a favourite summer activity, and he always enjoyed a round with his friends at Sunningdale.
Stu had a wonderful career as science teacher in several of London's secondary schools, where he was loved and respected by students and educators alike.
Born and raised on the soil of London Township, the farm was in Stu's blood from the beginning. He was one of the pioneers that championed landowner rights during pipeline construction, pushing for farm land conservation while being supportive of responsible energy development.
Stu and Joce turned a passion into a retirement business, transplanting some of their gorgeous mature trees to beautify many spaces in the London area. He was most at peace walking the farm among those hundreds of spruce and maple that he had carefully nurtured during his memorable and rewarding lifetime.
A small family service will take place in the near future. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or your charity of choice would be appreciated.
June 11, 2020, 12:13 pm
Stu was a fellow teacher at Laurier. Enjoyed his smile and very positive approach to life. It was always a pleasure to be in his company. Our world has said goodbye to a man.
June 12, 2020, 10:28 am
As another Science guy, I was lucky to work with Max and, through him, meet Stu on a variety of occasions, usually on the old farm. It was always a pleasure to chat with him and share experiences in the school system. My condolences to all the family.
June 13, 2020, 8:13 pm
Both Stu and Jocelyn provided the perfect venue for the final Oakridge staff party at their very special home/farm. They were incomparable hosts for those years Stu headed the Science Dept. His movement in the system was seemless. Personable, capable, helpful, he was always met with respect and anticipation. The same could be said when on the ice or tennis court. I appreciated knowing Stu during those years we shared at the school and in retirement on the tennis courts. We’ve lost one of the good guys.
June 14, 2020, 11:29 am
To Jocelyn and family my condolences. Stuart was an inspiration and role model for me as a team mate at Guelph. He helped me on the football field and in student life as a freshman.
Our lives crossed again in London education. He was a superior science teacher and leader who again helped me to benefit so many more students and teachers of science in London. He was a first adapter in science teaching to educate and practice environmental measures.
I very proud to have known him and experience his smile on a job or game well done. Keep smiling Stu.
June 15, 2020, 8:47 am
My sincere sympathy. Cherish the memories.
June 15, 2020, 9:34 am
My sincerest condolences to all of you. Stu will be remembered by so many of us whose lives he touched, many that the rest of you do not know. He was first of all a gentleman. His love of the land pushed him into that leadership role he took on, protecting the land from bad construction practices of pipeline companies. Thank you Stu, for all you contributed. Travel well to that good place of rest where you are going
Charlie and Donna Gracey
June 15, 2020, 2:05 pm
Jocelyn-Donna and I want to offer our most sincere sympathy at the sad new. It was for us an honour knowing him. He was a true gentleman. I will never forget his emotions as he delivered a eulogy for his friend John"Zolt" Gnay. Stu is now released from a cruel affliction that robbed him of a longer retirement with you and your family. We hope and trust that this release will bring you comfort. Charlie and Donna Gracey
June 16, 2020, 7:45 am
My sincere condolences to Jose and the O’Neil family. I have many wonderful memories of Friday night hockey with Stew, Max, Don Urbshot and the rest of the “students” at the O’Neil hockey school.
The season ending parties with the graduation ceremony are among my favourite memories (even though I often failed) and I still have my report cards safety tucked away.
Thank you Stew for all the years of great memories and a life well lived.
June 16, 2020, 2:38 pm
I remember Stu very well from Medway High School and hockey. My condolences!
June 16, 2020, 5:20 pm
I want to send you my sincere sympathy in the loss of Stu. It begins a very new chapter in your life, with many new challenges and I think of you as you enter that.
Stu was so close to my brother in high school so I always felt a kinship with him although we rarely met after university.I remember him in our family living room once when I told him I would be going to Macdonald Institute and he smiled and said he knew I would really like it. And as you know, it was a pretty happy time for all of us there, and where many of us met our husbands.
This email finds me at the farm of my partner of 8 years, Johan. It is an hour east of Toronto and very isolated in the Ganaraska Forest. I am so happy here! It seems so odd that I spend part of my senior years back in the country.
please give my love to Dierdre whom I remember well from high school as such a beautiful and creative person.
with love Carolyn
June 16, 2020, 8:49 pm
Brian. Sending my condolences on the passing of your Dad.
June 17, 2020, 6:39 am
I remember fondly meeting Stu at Laurier S.S. in Sept. 1989. I was the rookie automotive teacher and Stu, as I recall, was head of the science department. Stu welcomed me both to Laurier and the profession, of which he was an excellent mentor. Stu was passionate about science and his love for it was infectious. He will be missed by many, my condolences to his family. May Psalm 46 bring a sense of peace after a full and rich life.
Robbie and Dorinda Keith
June 17, 2020, 8:50 am
Our condolences, Jocelyn to you and your family. We recall our times together at OAC and MAC, a summer at the Ojibway Hotel, and ever so many hockey games and reunions over the years. May these and so many other memories bring peace to you and your family.
Gary and Elaine Duncan
June 17, 2020, 10:58 am
Jocelyn and Family,
We would like you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have great memories of times spent with Stu over the years.
Gary and Elaine Duncan.
Don & elvy
June 18, 2020, 10:59 am
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us everyday,
Unseen, unheard, but very near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
We can’t tell you how much we will miss stu,
We have been great friends with Joce and their family
For many years!
June 18, 2020, 8:47 pm
To the O’Neil family, The Buck family has great memories of Stu O’Neil. On the hottest days of the summer, the phone would ring and my dad would announce that Stu and Jocelyn had invited us over for a swim. We were so excited! I’m sure on many other occasions, we begged my dad to call Stu to see if we could cool off at their pool on their farm. As we were leaving, after the swim, I can still see Stu handing us pears from the tree on their property. My dad, who was a colleague with Mr. O’Neil at Clarke Rd SS always spoke about Stu with warmth, admiration and tremendous respect. I believe Stu helped to instil the love of farming to my dad. Thank you to the entire O’Neil family for being so generous and kind to our family, The Buck family
June 20, 2020, 10:10 am
Sincere condolences to Jocelyn and family. My connection to Stu stems from my deep roots in the Ilderton area and as a London biology teacher. I always looked forward to chatting and catching up with him, usually at the Littlewood Memorial service. I will miss him.
Robert and Barbara Zirk
June 25, 2020, 11:00 am
Barbara and I send our condolences to the
I have known Stu ever since he was a young boy as our farm was next to theirs.
In 1941 Stu and I were in grade one at the school in Birr. We were in the same class until we graduated in 1949.That September we began our secondary education at the brand new Medway High
Diana Urquhart per Mac 60
June 30, 2020, 4:53 pm
Sorry you have this to deal with. Your loss is great.
Many of us in Mac ’60 are thinking of you and how plans change. Keep in touch with us
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