Mr. James E. O'Neil

  • BORN: February 26, 1931
  • DIED: October 25, 2017
  • LOCATION: Adams, Massachusetts

Mr. James E. O'Neil, 86, of Adams, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 25, 2017, at his home.
He was born in Williamstown on February 26, 1931, son of the late Earl and Mary (Broderick) O'Neil. He attended Williamstown schools, and was a graduate of the former Williamstown High School. He had also attended Bryant College in Smithfield, RI.
He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with first Armored Division of the US Army until his Honorable Discharge as a Corporal in 1953.
Jim first worked in the purchasing department of Sprague Electric Co. in North Adams, and later, left purchasing to operate the cafeteria for Sprague employees at the plant. He last worked as the manager of food service for the Southwestern Vermont School Supervisory Union until his retirement. He had also operated Jim's Catering Service as a part-time job for many years, and had been a coach for the Williamstown Little League for several years.
He was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Adams. He was a member of Adams Post 160 American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Maple Grove Civic Club, the Polish National Alliance, and the Adams Lodge of Elks.
He enjoyed bowling, golfing, sports, and watching the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.
He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Szufnarowski, whom he married on November 26, 1959;
a son, Dennis O'Neil and his wife, Mary, of Montgomery, NJ;
a daughter, Teresa Smolenski and her husband, Joseph, of Slingerlands, NY;
five grandchildren, Jennifer Dezaio and her husband, Matt; Michael O'Neil, and Alicia, Nicole and Matthew Smolenski, as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Grace Wright.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27th, at 11:30 AM from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 12:30 PM in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.
Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Calling hours are Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Stanislaus School, 108 Summer St. Adams, MA 01220.
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