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Paul O'Neill

February 18, 1965 — November 8, 2023

Paul passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at the age of 58.

Paul's career as a mobile crane operator was more than just a job to him; it was his passion. He approached every task with unwavering dedication and a meticulous attention to detail that earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues. As a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793, Paul took great pride in his accomplishments within the industry.

Beyond work, Paul had an exuberant spirit that touched the lives of those around him. Known for his infectious laugh and warm-hearted nature, he had an uncanny ability to bring joy into any room he entered. Paul truly found delight in entertaining others and was often found behind the grill, masterfully cooking up delicious BBQ feasts for family and friends.

Family was at the center of Paul's world, and he cherished every moment spent with them. His role as Grampy to Rowyn brought immense joy to his life, and he reveled in creating lasting memories with his precious grandchild. It was no secret that Paul possessed an innate gift for striking up conversations; he possessed an unmatched ability to make anyone feel welcome and valued.

Paul's love for Celtic culture ran deep within his veins. Whether it was immersing himself in traditional music, his appreciation for his heritage shone through every aspect of his life. This connection allowed him to forge meaningful friendships throughout the community as he shared stories and embraced the rich tapestry of Irish tradition.

Beloved husband to Debbie for 32 years. Loving father to Justin (Nikki) and Linzi (Thomas). Cherished Grampy to Rowyn. Dear brother of Kevin (Andrea), Lori, Debbie, and Corrine (Mike). Predeceased by his parents Betty and Loran; and brother Gary (Denise). Loved son-in-law of Mary and Fish. Paul will be forever loved and remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Friends and family will be received at Legacy Funeral Home (Enter at Dunlop Street. Turn right into 15 Cedar Pointe Drive and follow along Highway 400 side of building, parking and main entrance is beside the Barrie Enforcement Services Office) on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 10:00 AM from St. Mary's Catholic Church, 65 Amelia Street, Barrie. Following the Funeral Mass, friends and family are welcome to Donaleighs Irish Pub, 28 Dunlop Street East, Barrie to enjoy a Pint of Guinness and celebrate Paul.

Memorial donations to Wounded Warriors Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

6:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary's Catholic Church

65 Amelia Street, Barrie, L4M 1M7


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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Ends at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Donaleigh's Irish Public House

28 Dunlop Street East, Barrie, L4M 1A3

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