Owen Roe Aloysius O’Neill

April 5, 1954 - January 1, 2023
February 7, 2023 69 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with broken hearts I share the passing of our eldest brother Owen Roe Aloysius O'Neill. Born in Mulgrave April 5th 1954 to Angus and Philomena (Coady) O'Neill.

He was mischievously quiet as a youngster I have been told which would stay with him throughout his life and serve him well as the story teller. He played tennis as a kid as everyone seemed to in Mulgrave and enjoyed his trips to his grandparents as well many trips to the ghost brook. After his years in Mulgrave, Owen attended St. F. X. university, then Dalhousie where he made the Dean's list.

Although he excelled academically, Owen struggled to find a direction in life and so around the globe he would travel for years coming home with stories so outlandish it did not matter whether they were true or not as they were so entertaining. But that mischievous smile always lead me to believe there more truth than fiction. Always mentioning how good life in Canada was comparatively.

Owen spent many years in the Alberta Oil Fields confirming many times the biggest population of East Coasters were in Alberta. He was a jack of all trades helping keeping production going with whom ever he was working in any way he could help. In his later years Owen had let us know that he had battled bi-polar issues which had plagued him socially, we never know the battle someone takes in in silence. Knowing that helped us all communicate better. Owen loved the crossword puzzles from big papers and was quick to point out at times how they should be called out for having a low standard puzzles in some issues. He enjoyed his tomato plants on his balcony and his late night walks around his community where he was well known for walking no matter the weather.

With back and shoulder issues from his years of work in the oil fields he had slowed down with his walks being shorter but always had enough energy to continue his long-standing commitment of checking on his friends and neighbours to see if they needed groceries, supplies or if he really like you a Guinness run.

When talking to my sister Tara before Christmas, Owen had said his arthritis was so bad he could hardly write his Christmas cards which was something he enjoyed sending and receiving. With regard to his health through the years there was an emotional roller coaster of news being diagnosed with colon cancer only to be told it was a misdiagnosis then to find out the 1st diagnosis was
true and he battled that with success. Covid as with all kept Owen from his walks and the community he had grown to love and the people he had met through the years.

Owen is greatly missed and survived by his sister Tara(Lawrence) Mulgrave, brothers Hugh(Gwen) Frankville, Liam(Wendy) Orangedale, Brendan (Halifax) many many cousins and friends.

Owen is predeceased by his mother Philomena (St.Johns NFLD), Father Angus(Mulgrave) and brother baby Liam(Mulgrave).

With his passing we bid our brother Owen, the free spirit who travelled the world to take one last journey hopefully finding the peace and contentment that only comes in a perfectly poured Guinness.

grá i gcónaí
Love always

  1. My brother Owen is missed very much 🙏💚

  2. To Owen’s entire family I extend mine and Ricky’s condolences. Owen was older than I but I certainly remember him. I can remember him playing tennis with my brother Bobby and some of his cousins. I also remember him having long hair and it looked so good on him. I hope you all take comfort knowing that he enjoyed his travels and shared many stories with you all. God Bless. Kathy and Ricky Hearn

    • Thank you Kathy

    • Hi Kathy;
      Thank you for your kind words.

    • Thank you for reaching out!

  3. I remember many Owen stories over the years. I have a few myself. Rest In Peace good friend and enjoy your journey across the universe.

    • Thannk you Waddie

    • Thank you for your friendship to Owen. I’m sure he enjoyed telling stories as he did with his family.

      • Dear Tara, Hugh. Liam, and Brendan,
        I was so saddened to hear of Owen’s passing. I went to school with him and remember him as a quiet, thoughtful, gentle person who was liked by everyone. I am sorry to hear that he had so much suffering and hope he is at now at peace. My deepest condolences to each of you as you mourn his loss.
        Heather Jewers

        • Heather;
          Thank you for your nice memories of Owen. He was a guy who reached out to his neighbours & tried to make a difference. He seldom complained. I will miss our long chats at night. Thank you for your condolences.

  4. My deepest condolences to Owen’s Brothers and Sister.
    A school friend, we attended MMS,PHHS and St. F.X..
    A true free spirit, Owen was one of a kind and friend to many.
    I will remember him and miss him

    • Thank you Rod

    • Roddie,
      Thank you for reaching out. He was truly good to his neighbours out west – always checking in & seeing if anyone needed something. We talked often on the phone & he always had a story. I will miss those calls & checking in. I will miss hearing his voice. Thank you for your kind words.

  5. It is with great sadness that I heard of Owen’s passing . He was a very interesting guy a real character who saw only the goodness in those around him . Owen was a true free spirit a kind soul who had a generous and kind heart . Many a great laugh and adventure we all shared with Owen. His strait area friend’s were fortunate to have a man of his caliber amongst us . He will be remembered with great fondness and those who cared for his well-being are sad to say farewell. Rest now my friend .

    • Thank you Charlie

    • Charlie;
      Owen was a soft hearted – don’t fuss about me kind of guy. He saw a lot & remembered a lot. He was so far removed from keeping up with technology & “keeping up with the Joneses”. A brother who always had a story, a brother who never complained. I will miss him dearly.
      Thank you for your kind words.

  6. My deepest condolences to the O’Neill family on the loss of their brother Owen. I first met Owen in high school and we were part of a very special friend group. I have many wonderful memories of his sense of humour, his storytelling and his razor sharp wit.

    • Thank you Michele

    • Hi Michele;
      I think Owen, like the rest of us, got our wit from our father! I’m so glad he had such wonderful friends. He was a good guy!
      Thank you for reaching out.

  7. R.I.P. Owen.

    • Thank you Burt

    • Thank you for thinking of Owen!

  8. I met Owen when he came to high school and kept in touch for many years including his time in Halifax. A great guy R.I.P. old friend.

    • Thank you Cliff

    • Thank you Cliff for remembering Owen!

  9. Sorry to read of Owen’s passing we were friends in the early 70’s before I moved away to Ontario. I often thought about Owen he was an adventurous character. Condolences to the Family

    • Thank you Marty

    • Marty;
      Thank you for your kind message!

  10. I don’t remember him he’s a bit older than me but I he rest I do , actually Tara is married to my uncle Lawrence . I knew the others . God bless you all ❤️❤️❤️

    • Thank you Sherma

    • Thank you Sherma!

  11. So sorry to hear about Owen’s passing, my condolences to all of his family!

    • Thank you Vangie

    • Thank you Evangeline!

  12. So sorry for your loss Tara, Hughie and Brendan. May he R.I.P.

    • Thank you Carol

    • Thank you Carol

  13. Tara, Hugh, Liam, Brendan and families, I am thinking of you all at this very difficult time. It is never easy to lose someone we love and has played such a big part in our lives. Another has been taken far too young. God Bless you all and treasure all your wonderful memories. Jane Wilneff

    • Thank you Jane

    • Thank you Jane for your kind words! It sure is hard to lose a family member. My heart is broken. Much appreciation.

  14. RIP Dear Owen

    I often wondered what had become of that intellectual young man I once knew. I am not surprised he choose to travel the world gathering stories. 💕. Condolences to all his family and friends 🙏💜

    • Thank you Marie

    • Thanks so much for reaching out.

  15. Tara,Hugh,Liam,Brendan.
    The loss of a sibling is surely one of the hardest.May happy memories carry you through with Gods help.with love and sympathies DarleneLoyal(Holmes).

    • Thank you Darlene

    • Thanks Darlene! Yes it sure is difficult.

  16. Legend! A man of many adventures. R.I.P. Owen, my condolences to all.

    • Thanks Ralph

    • Ralph;
      Much thanks for your words!

  17. One of a kind – RIP Owen

    • Thanks Steve

    • Thank you Steve!

  18. Tara, Hugh, Liam, Brendan and families my condolences for your loss . Owen and I spent many hrs together hiking the goast brook , playing ball Across the brook at your house, at Tony’s camp , and many adventures with Lawrence O Neil .
    He was truly a fine person and will be missed greatly.

    • Thanks Edgar

    • Edgar;
      Thank you for sharing these memories! The ghost brook & ball in the field are great memories to so many of us. Thank you for reaching out!

  19. R.i.p Owen.Real sweet guy.

    • Thanks Carol

    • Carol;
      We appreciate your sympathy.

  20. My sincere sympathy and prayers to all of Owens siblings and extended family. It is so hard losing a family member. I remember him as an active young man and happy that He enjoyed life to the fullest. RIP Owen Roe!!

    • Thanks Theresa

    • Theresa;
      Thank you for your kind words!

  21. Owen was a great friend in our PHHS group of pals. It was very sad to hear of his passing. RIP friend .

    • Thanks Katherine

    • Thank you for remembering our brother!
      Thank you for your sympathy!

  22. Sincere Sympathy to the Family..

    • Thanks Arthur

    • Arthur – thank you!

  23. Our condolences to all the family may he rest in peace.🙏

    • Thank you for reaching out!

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