Patrick J. O'Neill of Boston, a retired engineer, died Saturday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 68.
Known as "Slick," Mr. O'Neill was born in Lackawanna. He was a graduate of Father Baker High School, Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and the University of Buffalo.
Mr. O'Neill worked as a power engineer at Bethlehem Steel Corp. from 1956 to 1986, then in the engineering department at the Buffalo Zoo from 1992 to 2000.
He was a veteran of the Marine Corps, serving with the 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion.
Mr. O'Neill was a parishioner of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Orchard Park, where he was a member of its parish council and Holy Name Society. He also was affiliated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Boston, where he was a member of its parish council and served as lay director of its youth recreation program for eight years.
Mr. O'Neill had coached Little Loop football in Boston and was a member of the Boston Democratic Club; Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion; Local 2603, United Steelworkers; and Local 175, International Union of Operating Engineers.
Survivors include his wife, the former Anna M. McWilliams of Boston; three daughters, Mary Pat, Marie Renee and Anne Marie, all of Boston; two sons, James and Kevin, both of Boston; and a brother, Daniel of Lackawanna.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernadette Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.