Bernard O'Neill

Bernard F. O'Neill

Wednesday, February 9th, 1949 - Sunday, October 27th, 2019
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Bernard F. O’Neill, 70 of Mt. Airy
Peacefully departed this life for the next on October 27, 2019, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Bernard was born February 9, 1949 in Baltimore, MD to the late Martin Anthony and Virginia Julia (Bode) O’Neill. Beloved husband of Debra L. O’Neill for 49 years. A graduate of Loyola and Johns Hopkins Universities. He was employed by Verizon before retiring after 29 years. Bernard was a proud Naval Submariner and served on the USS Sand Lance (SSN660) Nuclear Submarine. He was the first of his crew to be awarded the Navy Dolphins Pin. Mr. O’Neill recently earned his 4th Degree Membership with the Knights of Columbus. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who spent his lifetime firmly grounded by family and his faith. He is survived by his loving wife Debra, children Ryan(Stephanie) O’Neill, Erin (Craig) Cummings, Shaun (Kristen) O’Neill, Shannon (Al) Myers, Meghan (Jason)Witte; grandchildren: Riley, Dylan, Delaney, Avery, Alaina, Scott, Brody, Ashlyn, Carter, Kyle, Ainsley and Stella. Also surviving is father-in-law Bill Jent and sisters Virginia, Marie and Gertrude. He is predeceased by daughter Colleen, sons Brian and Brendan, parents Martin and Virginia, brothers Martin, Thomas and Michael.
The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6 PM to 9 PM at BURIRER-QUEEN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, P.A., 1212 W. Old Liberty Rd. Winfield, MD 21784.
A Funeral Mass will be said on Saturday, November 2, 2019 11:30 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1125 St. Michael’s Rd. Mt. Airy, MD 21771. Bernard will be joining Colleen, Brian and Brendan as he is laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery, 530 S. High St. Hanover, PA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Diabetes Assoc. PO Box 13067 Alexandria, VA 22312. Online condolences at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, PA
    1212 W. Old Liberty Road
    SYKESVILLE, MD 21784
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 11:30am
    St. Michael's Catholic Church Poplar Springs
    1125 St. Michael's Rd.
    MOUNT AIRY, MD 21771
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  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    530 S. High St.
    HANOVER, PA 17331
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Barbara Landgraf

Posted at 02:20pm
Debbie and Family,
So sad to hear you lost Bernie after so many years together, children, grandchildren, many memories of sports and your family together. I hope to run into you again and talk on an bench!! Take care and I am thinking of you, may you find peace....
Barb Landgraf

Dianne Snyder

Posted at 08:50am
Debbie and family,
Sending our deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Dianne Snyder and family

Charlie Backes

Posted at 02:05pm
Family members,
It was my pleasure to know your husband, father, or grandfather. We served together on the Sand Lance in the early 1970's. I left the boat in 1972 and i think he was still attached then. We later met when he coordinated the Sand Lance reunion several years ago. I am also a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus so we had that in common too. I do want to express to all of you my sorry for your loss, actually our loss. Sincerely, Charlie Backes, Wilmington NC.

Richard Soloniewicz

Posted at 01:02pm
My condolences and deepest sympathy to the O'Neill family. He was a guiding influence when I entered service aboard the Sand Lance. May his spirit be with you and the rest of us, always. Richard Soloniewicz

Ruth Herrera

Posted at 12:44pm
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband, father and more. Bernie was a wonderful shipmate and friend to my husband, Hank, and I remember him from the Sand Lance Reunions and his friendship over the years. My thoughts will be with you in the coming days. Ruth Herrera

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