Obituary: Hugh Francis O’Neill, 59, of Milford

Hugh Francis O’Neill, age 59, of Milford passed away on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at his home following a battle with lung cancer.

He was born on April 3, 1955 in Belfast, Northern Ireland to Kathleen Curran O’Neill and the late Patrick O’Neill.

For many years Hugh and his father owned and operated O’Neill’s Quality Meats in Milford. Later he worked for Food World in Bridgeport and Elm City Market in New Haven.

In addition to his mother, Mr. O’Neill is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Frances Doyle O’Neill, loving children Sarah O’Neill-Hanks and her fiancé Beau DeSantis, Kathleen Farmer and her husband Devin, Emily Oberkrieser and her husband Brandon, and his greatest joy - his grandchildren, Aiden and Charlotte Hanks.

He is also survived by his siblings Peter O’Neill (Pam), Ellen Roberson (Pat), Kathleen Flanagan(Chris), Una O’Neill, Elizabeth O’Neill, Margaret O’Neill and Patrick O’Neill (Kasey), nieces and nephews, Jennefer (Ed), Peter (Shannon), Kelly (Kurt), Patrick, Matthew, Rebecca, Caitlin (Adam), Lauren, Molly, Ian, Michael, Jessica (John), Heather (Greg), Amy, Maggie, Jayna, Patrick Jr, Natalie and Jeremy. Hugh is also survived by his father and mother in-law, Henry and Sarah Doyle and brother in law, Tom (Laura), sisters-in law Mary, Lucia, Ann (Morgan) and Ruth, nieces and nephews Erika (Bobby), Michelle (Mark), Mark, Michael, Garrett and Rebecca.Great nieces and nephews, Marcus, Jasmine, Brian, Alexis, Cashlyn, Jocelyn, Jade, Olivia, Michael, Kalyn, Maddox, Colin, Gavin, Leah Rose. Hugh is also survived by many cousins and family members in the area and in Ireland, including Fran (Davene), Maureen (Michael), Ann, Teresa, Erin (Ryan) and Callan, Kevin (Nicole), Tara (Sheehan), Casey, Kelly, Danny, Jimmy and Jim. He was predeceased by his niece Amanda O’Neill.

The O’Neill Family would like to thank Dr. Glen Reznikoff, Dr. Eric Gentry, Dr. Christian Heineken and their staff. Also, the nurses and staff at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Caring Hospice Services as well as their friends and neighbors who have been a constant source of support during the last year.

Calling hours are Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 Broad St., Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30am DIRECTLY in St. Gabriel Church, Broadway, Milford. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Hugh’s name to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, 2800 Main St. Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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