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Alfred P. O'Neill

February 6, 2015

Alfred P. O'Neill

Alfred P. O'Neill, 82, 204 Rivershore Dr., Clayton passed away Friday morning, February 6, 2015, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Calling Hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton on Tuesday, February 10, from 2 - 6PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton on Wednesday, February 11, at 11AM. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family in the spring.

Mr. O'Neill was born on Staten Island on September 27, 1932, son of Michael J. and Mary V. Cummings O'Neill. He graduated from Curtis High School, Staten Island and the NYS Police Academy, Albany.

Al was a US Navy Frogman with the UDT (Underwater Demolition Team). He began his distinguished career in law enforcement with the NYC Police Dept. He then attended the NYS Troopers Academy and served as a NYS Trooper from 1956 - 1977. He was formerly married to Marcia J. Haller of LaFargeville. In 1977 he was elected the Jefferson County Sheriff and served the county until 1985. On December 2, 1988 he married Carolyn Walts Barton. He then became the Assistant Commissioner of the NYS Department of Corrections, retiring in 1992.

He was a member of the Retired NYS Troopers Assoc., Black Horse Chapter, FBI National Academy Associates, NYS Troopers PBA, and the NYS Sheriffs Association. He was a member and past president of the Shawangunk Mt. Snowmobile & Rescue Club and a Past Commander of the American Legion Colon Couch Post 821. Al was a life member of the NRA, a member of the UDT Seal Society, and a communicant of St. Mary's Church.

His passion was the St. Lawrence River and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and collecting NYS Police memorabilia. But most importantly, Al enjoyed time with his family and friends.

Along with his wife, Carolyn, he is survived by his four children, Sean M. O'Neill and wife, Robin E., Lisbon, Colleen M. O'Neill and fiancé, Mark A. Daye, LaFargeville, Michael J. O'Neill, Depauville, and Margaret "Peggy" Gill and husband, Lee, LaFargeville; three stepchildren, Paul F. Barton, Clayton, Kyle E. Barton and wife, Tricia, Clayton, and Timothy L. Barton and fiancée, Mindy Allen, Theresa; three grandchildren, Rylee, Brady, and Marlee Jean Gill; twelve step grandchildren, Robert and Erin Edie, Cariss Jackson, and Benjamin, Jaime, Alexandria, Lindsay, Paul C., Kaleb, Kylie, Timothy Jr., and Nathan Barton; brother Raymond M. O'Neill, Charlestown, WV; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His three brothers, Edward, Vincent J. and Robert O'Neill, and his sister, Delores Reilly, died before him.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Al's name may be made to either NYS Sheriff's Association Institute, Inc., attn. Sheriff's Summer Camp, 27 Elk St., Albany, NY 12207 or at www.sheriffsinstitute.org or to Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS), PO Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#34 DVFD 2015-02-11 11:59
The Dexter Volunteer Fire Department sends it's sincere and heartfelt sympathy in your time of sorrow.
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#33 Hon. Delmar R House 2015-02-10 22:52
My deepest sympathy go out to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. RIP Al

Judge House
Village of West Carthage Court
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#32 Bob & Pauline Jackman 2015-02-10 17:02
Dear Carolyn and family, Please accept our sincerest condolencesin your personal loss. It is also a loss to the NYSP family. I first met him when he was promoted to Captain and assigned to Troop F HQ at Middletown, NY. I had been a "B" Trooper for 3 years serving at Alex Bay, (with the gentle giant, Sgt. lyle Brown), SP Malone, E'Town and settled in at SP Plattsburgh. With that background we hit it off pretty good. I was content being a road Trooper. The idea of being promoted and transferred to possibly Buffalo didn't appeal to me. He He convinced me to study and pass the Sergeants exam and give my self a raise which would also count towards retirement income. He was a terrific role model and another Trooper's TROOPER. He has now been promoted to Deputy Superintendent under Superintendent Michael the Archangel. Well done Brother. See you when we get there for the ultimate reunion.
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#31 Michael Folsom 2015-02-10 10:19
On behalf of the Antique Boat Museum, we send our thoughts and prayers to the O'Neill family.
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#30 George Hass 2015-02-10 08:14
Colleen, so very sorry for your loss, your dad was a great guy and was so very proud of you. My condolences and pryers to you and your family at this difficult time..
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#29 Roger Bombard 2015-02-10 06:16
Colleen and family,I am sorry to hear of Al's passing. I worked for him when he was sheriff and he was always a fair man to all.
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#28 Jim Booth 2015-02-09 22:47
It was my pleasure to have worked for Sgt Al in Alex Bay In 1967. A great mentor and good friend.
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#27 Tom Constantine 2015-02-09 22:18
Al: Was a model for many of us when we were young Troopers.He was the best of the New York state Police Tom Constantine Supt.Ret. New York State Police
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#26 Morris Felt 2015-02-09 18:06
My condolences to Al's family
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#25 Carol Sayer 2015-02-09 15:44
Carolyn & family,
Please know that my heartfelt prayers are with you and the family at this time. The coming days and months will be very hard but you'll be strengthened by the love of friends and family
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