Timothy P. O’Neill, retired FDNY lieutenant, lost his battle with a 9/11-related cancer, but he never stopped fighting. An FDNY Administrative Line of Duty, World Trade Center funeral Mass was held in New York City. A Catholic funeral Mass was also held in Naples, Florida.
Tim, or “Timmy,” served 22 years with the New York City Fire Department before retiring in March 2003. He began his career at Ladder 119 in Brooklyn in 1981. He also served at Ladder 80 in Staten Island, where he was promoted to lieutenant. He then served at Ladder 5 in Greenwich Village until his retirement in 2003.
Tim was born and raised in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. He received his BS, BA from Baruch College. He supported The Wounded Warrior Project and, after his retirement, volunteered as a docent at the Staten Island Zoo, with a specialty in meerkats. He was an animal lover. He coached South Shore Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball in Staten Island, NYC. He enjoyed playing golf, football, softball (and umpiring), tennis, and bocce. He enjoyed boating, cooking, music, and trivia.
Tim was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, family member, and friend. He was a great guy to hang out with, and he fought cancer with tremendous strength and courage.
He is survived by his wife, Paula, and his brother, Billy O’Neill, and wife, Judy. He leaves behind three children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren: Kristen Nardoza and husband, Joseph, with their sons, James and Henry; Taryn McManus and her husband, William, with their daughter, Keira, and son, William; Thomas O’Neill and his wife, Amanda, with their daughters, Emery and Kinsley; stepdaughter, Lauren Zullo, and her companion, Ross Dubin; stepson, Matthew Zullo, with his wife, Ania, with their son, Dominik, and daughter, Emily.