MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
Obituary of Bruce O'Neill
Bruce Andrew O’Neill, 53, of Lawrenceville, passed away August 25, 2018 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Bruce was born in Princeton, New Jersey to John (Jack) and Elizabeth (Betty) O’Neill on April 14, 1965. He went to St. Paul’s School in Princeton and graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in 1983 after his family moved to West Windsor. He continued his education at Mercer Community County College and graduated in 1985. In 1985 Bruce began working for his brother at Stephen J. O’Neill Painting and then in 1996 he went to work for the Borough of Princeton alongside his father, Jack. Bruce, Assistant Superintendent of Parking Operations, served the borough for 22 years, and combined with his father faithfully served the Princeton community for 66 years.
Bruce was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. Bruce loved to learn new things, and as a result he had many talents. He loved cooking, fly fishing (even making his own flies), wood working, caning, music (especially the Grateful Dead) and outdoor activities. Bruce was an avid cyclist for many years and was a former member of the Century Road Club of America. At one time he participated in the Anchor House Ride for Runaways, biking 500 miles for charity. His family and friends enjoyed going to see him race. He was a lifelong fan of Princeton University football, basketball and hockey. Over the years he enjoyed going to games with his family. Bruce loved baseball, playing for Post 76 Little League in his youth and later playing for the O’Neill Painting softball team at Mercer Park. Of course, we will always fondly remember him with his Yankees hat on, as he was a true Yankees enthusiast and fan.`
Bruce is preceded in death by his father and is survived by his mother Betty O’Neill, his brother Stephen J. O’Neill, his two nieces and their husbands, Devin Garcia and Joaquin Garcia and Morgan Barton and Michael Barton, and his grandnephew Tanner Barton.
The funeral will be held 9:00 am on Friday, August 31, 2018 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.
Friends may call on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Anchor House Ride for Runaways (www.anchorhouseride.org) and the American Heart Association.
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