Eugene O'Neill

Eugene Patrick O'Neill

Thursday, August 24th, 1933 - Friday, November 20th, 2020
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Eugene (Gene) P. O'Neill, 87, died on Friday November 20, 2020 from Covid-19. Gene was born and raised in Bridgeport. He loved the Park City and dedicated his career to serving his fellow residents. He was a member of the Bridgeport Police Department for thirty-seven years, retiring at the rank of Sergeant. He went on to serve as a Bridgeport Police Commissioner, and as Head of Security for the Board of Education. His commitment to the city was so steadfast that he was often referred to as Bridgeport's unofficial mayor. He donated his time to many local charitable organizations, especially St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound. An avid walker, he could be found most mornings with his walking group strolling the shoreline at Seaside Park.

Gene is survived by his cherished wife of 65 years, Cornelia (Nell) O'Neill; his son Ken and his husband Marcus Edward of New York; his brother, Rev. John J. O'Neill, M.S., and his three sisters, all Sisters of Mercy, Sister Mary O'Neill, RSM, Sister Ann O'Neill, RSM, and Sister Peggy O'Neill, RSM. Gene is also survived by his brother-in-law Michael Nastu, sisters-in-law Sophie Pittu and Barbara Felner, several nieces and nephews, and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Eugene J. and Anne Crehan O'Neill, his son Eugene M. O'Neill and his nephew Jeffrey Pittu.

In light of the global pandemic, a Memorial Service will be scheduled for sometime in 2021.The family asks that you honor Gene by following his example of kindness and compassion for others, particularly during the challenging months ahead. The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport has been entrusted with the services. For online condolences and memorial tributes visit us at
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Helen Iwasczyszyn

Posted at 01:30pm
Dear Fr. John, Mary, Annie, and Peggy,
I am so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. I remember growing up and attending Sacred Heart School with Annie and spending time at the O'Neill house. I always felt welcome and "at home". Gene was everybody's big brother. My own big brother, Tom Britt, was close friends with Fr. John and saw both the O'Neill boys occasionally when home on leave from the Navy. I know Gene is in heaven and still watching out for all of his family and friends. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. My sincere condolences also to Gene's family who I never met but I know they must be special.
God Bless. Sincerely, Helen Britt Iwasczyszyn

Sincerely, Helen Britt Iwasczyszyn

Maximino Medina

Posted at 08:54am
My condolences to Gene's family & friends. In a world where so many people over-promise and under-deliver, Gene was the real deal. I never heard him brag. But he always delivered. He knew how to find the part of a person he could work with and kindly leave alone those other parts where conflict could arise. If and when the definitive history of Bridgeport is written, Gene will deserve a chapter all to himself. He was a very special guy. R.I.P.

Mark Trinkley

Posted at 09:21pm
Dear Aunt Nell and all of the O'Neill family,

I was saddened to hear of Uncle Gene's passing. He was such a good man. It was just his nature to never stop helping the people in his life for which I am personally grateful for. We send our deepest sympathies and prayers that our Lord, as one familiar with sorrow, may comfort you with hope and peace that passes all understanding. Love, Mark, Maria & David Trinkley

Adrian Broadley

Posted at 09:01pm
RIP Gene. You were a Great Guy !!!

Marsha and Mike Hanna

Posted at 01:57pm
To the entire O'Neill Family,

Our heartfelt condolences to all of you, especially Nell and Kenneth, on the loss of this wonderful man. Gene would always extend himself for family and friends. You could always count on Gene's support whether in good or bad times. He would always be there for you. He would always do you a favor and expect nothing in return. We will miss our association with Gene over the years from Arctic Sport, Bridgeport Police, and the Bridgeport Board of Education. Gene made the world a better place to live in, and his presence will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.


Marsha and Mike Hanna\\\\\\\

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