February 6, 2015
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