James Fredrick O’Neill, widely known as Jim, sadly passed away on September 24, 2023, after a prolonged illness at Woodstock Hospital. Jim, an adored individual, had been married to Marilyn (Kelly) for an incredible 62 years and was a loving father to Karen Langdon (Byron) and the late Michael O’Neill, who tragically passed away in 1990. His cherished presence was felt by his three grandchildren: Caitlin Mealand (Sean), Trevor Langdon (Kristin), and Kevin Langdon (Taylor). In addition, Jim took great pride in being a great-grandfather to Jack, Sam, and Ruby Mealand, as well as Lucas and Sophie Langdon.

Over the course of his professional life, Jim dedicated himself to the Woodstock Public Utilities, working as a Lineman until his retirement in 1994. Born and raised in Port Dover on December 31, 1939, Jim had a deep love for the lake life and relished in spending time near the water. His favorite pastime was boating, an activity that brought him immeasurable joy. Jim’s craftsmanship and adoration for the water were evident in his creation of “Sloe Gim,” which he built with his own hands as a testament to his passion.

In accordance with his wishes, there will not be a funeral service to honor Jim’s memory. Should you wish to make a contribution in his name, memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation through the Brock and Visser funeral home. The memory of Jim, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, will forever be cherished by those fortunate enough to have known him.

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