Sunday 20 January 2019

Sean (85) loved to travel and enjoy life to the full

The late Sean O'Neill.
The late Sean O'Neill.

The death occurred recently of Sean O'Neill, Symes House, Waterford, and formerly of Neville Street, New Ross, in the love and care of his family and partner Elizabeth.

Sean ran a construction company in Waterford and owned several pubs including the Three Bullet Gate in New Ross, just up the road from where he grew up, and The Ginger Man in Arundel Lane in Waterford City.

The son of the late Henry and Kathleen O'Neill (née Doran), Sean had two brothers Martin and Jim and a sister Maureen, all of whom predeceased him.

He attended CBS school and was very active in his youth with the brass band and with New Ross Boat Club with whom he competed.

Like many men of his generation Sean left for London in his early twenties, working as a building contractor. He worked on numerous buildings and on the runways at Heathrow Airport with his brother Martin. He returned regularly to New Ross and married his sweetheart Teresa.

Sean and Teresa returned to Ireland, settling in Waterford City in the 1970s.

It was a time of major construction in the city and Sean was busy building detached houses in the Dunmore Road area. He grew his own company and employed many people over the years.

Sean and Teresa had three children, Rory, Pauline and Siobhan, who they doted on.

A charming, witty handsome gentleman, Sean enjoyed owning pubs, but was more often seen at the counter than behind it, on the rare occasions when he wasn't busy working.

He enjoyed reading thrillers and murder stories and watching sport on TV, especially tennis.

Sean's life was turned upside down with the loss of his beloved Teresa in 1992. He threw himself into his work and developing his pub businesses.

Sean met Elizabeth O'Shea whose house his home on Symes Lane, Waterside backed onto and the couple struck up a relationship.

In later years Sean enjoyed reading travel books and with Elizabeth O'Shea travelled to many of the places he had researched including all across Europe, taking in Egypt and the Holy Land.

A proud Irishman, Sean had an interest in Irsh history and loved visiting all of Ireland's counties over the years. He enjoyed good health throughout his life up until recent times when from last July, his health began to deteriorate. He was cared for at University Hospital Waterfrord and St Patrick's Hospital in the city.

Sean passed away peacefully aged 85 on January 10 surrounded bys his family and partner Elizabeth, with whom he spent 18 great years. A large crowd attended his funeral Mass at St Mary & St Michael's Parish Church in New Ross, including his nieces and nephew from the town. Sean's remains were cremated at Mount Jerome Crematorium in Dublin.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.

New Ross Standard