Peter Michael O’Neill (1946-2022) passed away peacefully on October 25th after a valiant, graceful struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Recognized by his warm smile and kind heart, Peter was also known for his attentiveness, moral compass and sense of humor. While battling a relentlessly debilitating disease in his final years, Peter continued to practice law, play golf, watch the Yankees and the Giants (with great vigor!), share book recommendations and craft a steady stream of jokes until the end.
From Mountain Lakes, Peter went on to
As he wrote in the 50th reunion book “Tapestry”: “My life changed on June 8, 1968, when just two weeks after graduating from Colgate, I
With his characteristic sense of purpose, he headed to Boston University School of Law while Anne went to the western part of Massachusetts as a freshman at Smith College. Two months after Peter’s graduation from law school in June 1971, he and Anne married on August 28th, surrounded by friends and their families.
After a stint in the Essex County Prosecutor’s office in Newark trying criminal cases on behalf of the State, Peter joined a small firm in Newark. Then one enlightened day after several years of coming home to Princeton and finding his children asleep, he decided to take his legal skills to Princeton – and with any luck be home for dinner with his family. He established a
In addition to his passions for Colgate, law and his family, Peter embraced golf after the semi-retirement of his tennis racquet. He was a member of The Bedens Brook Club, where he was a past president, and TPC Jasna Polana, where he was on the Board of Governors. Peter and Anne shared
He is survived by his wife, Anne; his three children, Katie O’Neill Burgener of Boston, MA; Sarah O’Neill Kreter of Londonderry, NH; and Michael Sean O’Neill of Bloomfield, NJ; their spouses Phil Burgener, Justin Kreter and Brittany Trevenen
Peter relished connecting with friends and family near and far, playing amateur deejay, dancing with Anne whether in the living room or on a wedding dance floor, traveling with friends and family, cooking and grilling, devouring non-fiction
In honor of Peter’s life-long pursuit of strength in both mind and body,