ABOVE: George O’Neill with members of the NYPD Honor Legion at a 2014 holiday event.
George O’Neill, a pillar of the Maspeth Community, as long-time proprietor of O’Neills Restaurant on 65th Place at 53 Drive, passed away early this evening following a short illness. He returned to New York from his home in Florida this month is said to have been hospitalized the last week.
O’Neills first opened in 1933 and has been known for its philanthropic activities and a true reflection of life in Maspeth through George’s influence. There was rarely a time when George would shy away from hosting a fundraiser and the restaurant has remained true to the memory of many in Maspeth who perished in the 9/11 tragedy.
George O’Neill will be waked at Papavero Funeral Home on Saturday, July 21st from 5-9PM and Sunday, July 22nd from 2-5PM & 7-9PM. The funeral mass will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 10AM at Transfiguration Church.