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John Anthony O’Neil, JR, passed peacefully on Saturday morning, January 22, 2022 surrounded by members of his family. A native Savannahian, John attended Blessed Sacrament School and was a proud graduate of the 1960 class of Benedictine Military School. He attended Armstrong Junior College and was a 1965 graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology. He immediately entered his banking career, working for First Union in North Carolina. In 1970 he returned to Savannah to join Liberty Mutual Bank (Suntrust) where he remained until he retired in 2008. During these years John was involved with many civic groups and helped sponsor events to benefit the Savannah Community he loved. He also enjoyed camaraderie with his friends at the Savannah Quarterback Club. He was a proud supporter of Blessed Sacrament Church and School, Benedictine Military School, St James Catholic Church and School and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
In 1964 John and Kitty were married. The two had grown up in the same neighborhood just a few houses away from each other, friends eventually becoming teenage sweethearts. They moved to live in Atlanta as John completed college and then moved to North Carolina where John started his banking career in Charlotte, NC in 1965.
John Loved his golf, a place he could go to enjoy God's beauty, creativity, solitude and companionship. He was a member of The Savannah Golf Club for over 30 years and golfing with his buddies was his delight. John probably got the "golf bug" from his father "Tony" who spent many hours at Mary Calder. With his three sons Jack, Kevin, and Patrick he had his perfect Foursome. Watching his grandsons Mason and Callan develop their game was more meaningful than going to the Masters. When playing the game became a struggle, he enjoyed watching the play from his patio on the 18th green.
Preceded in death by his wife Kathryn (Kitty) Zittrouer O’Neil, parents John A. O’ Neil Sr. and Mary Hesling O’Neil, sister Barbara O’Neil.
Survived by sons John (Jack) A. O'Neil, III; Kevin C. O'Neil, daughter-in-law Megan M. O’Neil; Patrick S. O'Neil, daughter in law Kindall S. O'Neil; granddaughter Jaclyn C.O'Neil, grandsons Mason A. O'Neil and Callan C. O'Neil, granddaughter Anna Kate O’Neil; Sisters Sherry O’Neil Armentor (Ned), Connie O’Neil Shoemaker, Sister in law, Kaye Z. Hill (Garry), Faye V. Zittrouer. Many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 27, 2022 at St. James Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 p.m., Friday, January 28, 2022 at St. James Catholic Church.
Burial will be Private.
I worked for John at SunTrust for over 25 years. I was his Assistant and thought so much of him. He was a wonderful boss and a beautiful person. I am so sorry for your loss of he and your Mother. May they Rest In Peace together.
- Linda G Nelson, Savannah, Georgia
My sincere condolences to all of the extended O'Neil Family on the passing of John. Having known him since childhood as Johnny in our post-WWII neighborhood on 58th Street, I was always aware of his success through my brother Dick and cousins Dr. Jack Groover and Pearson Deloach. Know that he remains in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time but know that he is happy to again be with his loving wife Kitty in heaven. May he rest in peace.
- Frank P. Rossiter, Jr., M.D., Savannah, GEORGIA
- Brenda Beggs Youmans, Washington, GA
Patrick/Kendall, I am so sorry to hear about John. I really enjoyed working with him at Suntrust. He will truly be missed.
- Brenda Beggs Youmans, Washington, GA
John was a wonderful co-worker and a great man. He looked after me when I worked at Trust Company Bank. He will be missed. Condolences to his family.
- Kelly Diamond Wolfsheimer, Savannah, GA
I’m so sorry for your loss . Sending prayers to you and your family. I worked with him at SunTrust bank. He was a kind and sweet man. Always had a smile on his face. Renay Perkins
- Renay Perkins , Savannah, Ga
Sherry - Deepest sympathy on the death of your brother. May he rest in peace.
- Marie Green Bryant, SAVANNAH, GA
To the O’Neil Families- Many thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
- Kathleen, Michael, & Matthew Taylor, Savannah , GA
I am so sorry to hear of John’s loss I worked with him at Suntrust Bank over the years. He was such a great Gentlemen and funny guy. Prayers for all the family and may he rest in peace.
- Sherrie Schwarz, SAVANNAH, GA
I am very sad to learn of John's passing. I worked with John at Suntrust Bank in Commercial Lending. He was a wonderful boss and person. Rest in Peace John.
- Beth Colson, Savannah, GA
Kevin and. Megan, Patrick and Kendall...I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family!
- Pam Dufrain, Savannah, GA
I send my condolences to all the family and friends. John was a fine gentleman. He has earned his reward RIP….
- Paula Lutz Drawdy, Ellabell , Ga
I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Johnny was a wonderful uncle. He will be missed.
- Lisa Erwin niece of Johnny Oneil , Pensacola , Florida
Pleasure to know him.
- Ken Swicord, Savannah, GA
Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Johnny was a life-long friend from our neighborhood as was Kittie. We have many fond memories of those blissful times. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
- Herb Burnsed, Richmond Hill, GA
Patrick & Kendall - so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.
- Taffy Douglas, Savannah , GA
My sisters, Denise Farley and Beth Hesling send our prayers and love to the entire O'Neil family. My earliest memory of Johnny was when I was a child and he was traveling with us ( and my parents, Dick aka Peewee and Gean) to Atlanta to go back to Georgia Tech. I have very fond memories of him and Kitty and you boys when you were young. Sherry and Connie , our deepest sympathy to you as well. We hope that your memories will sustain you in the months and years to follow. Dianne Hesling Dotson
- Dianne Dotson, Dawsonville, GA
I’m so sorry for your loss . Sending prayers to you and your family. I worked with John, at SunTrust Bank, for over 20 years. He was a kind and sweet man, and always had a smile on his face.
- Peggy Shontz, Lawrenceville, GA
I remember the same thing about Johnny and Kitty as my sisters Dianne and Beth. Johnny was so much older than us but when we came down to Savannah from Atlanta he was involved in so many things and we would have fun at their house with all the family. Our grandmother Ma and grandfather Papa had everyone around them. There were 10 grandchildren. They were proud of all of us. I remember when Johnny and Kitty came to Atlanta to go to Georgia Tech. Our Mom took them around to find the best place to live and close for Kitty to work so she could ride the bus and Johnny would pick her up at night. Kitty said they always appreciated the help and family being there when they were away from family in Savannah. I remember being told that before our Dad when to war and Johnny had just been born that he got gift and I believe it was bassinet. Dad was so excited about Johnny the first born. Johnny and Kitty meant so much to Dad and Mom. He always kept in touch and such good memories of them. I hope this helps during this time to lose both parents so close together. Remember the good times and they are always with you. Sherry and Connie, I know it is hard to lose your brother and our thoughts are with y'all. Our prayers will be with you Jack, Kevin, and Patrick. Your cousins Dianne, Beth and Denise
- Denise Hesling Farley, Roswell, GA
Sending my sincere condolences to all of the O'Neil Family. John will be deeply missed.
- Ken Swicord, Register, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Services Are Pending