Obituaries: David O'Neil

David “Bun” O’Neil, 82, of Gilmore Court, Jaffrey, died June 7, 2011, at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough after a period of failing health.

He was born in Rindge, Dec. 9, 1928, and was raised in Jaffrey by Felix and Maude (Canfield) O’Neil. He graduated from Conant High School in Jaffrey in 1948, and was a lifelong resident of this community.

After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Midway stationed in Brunswick, Maine, until 1952.

Mr. O’Neil was a retired employee of W.W. Cross Co. in Jaffrey where he worked as a printer.

Upon retiring, he worked as a school crossing guard for more than 15 years.

He was an active member of the United Church of Jaffrey and served the church as a deacon for many years, and several pastors. He was a member of the former Couple’s Club at the church.

Mr. O’Neil was involved in Scouting for more than 35 years and held various positions on both district and council levels. He was scoutmaster for Troop 33 in Jaffrey, Troop 308 in Rindge and Troop 349 in Keene. He was instrumental in the formation of the charters for both Cub Pack 33 and Cub Pack 308. He had earned his Wood Badge and was a recipient of scouting’s highest honor, the Silver Beaver award.

He was a member of the John Humiston Post No. 11 American Legion in Jaffrey.

Mr. O’Neil also played tenor saxophone with the former Jaffrey Hobo Band.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Estelle (Ehnstrom) O’Neil of Jaffrey; two daughters, Peggy Lambert of Jaffrey and Karen Arceci of Hubel, Mich.; three sons, Michael D. O’Neil and Timothy J. O’Neil, both of Jaffrey, and John C. O’Neil of Greenville; 15 grandchildren, Patrick O’Neil, Nikki O’Neil, Matthew Lambert, Charmaine Peard, Carrie O’Neil, Meghan O’Neil, Amalia O’Neil, Gina Skipper, Lisa Arceci, Aaron Arceci, Peggy Sorvisto, David Arceci, Christina Arceci, Nena O’Neil and Johna O’Neil; 36 great-grandchildren; his sister, Elizabeth Cary of Worcester, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

His son, Barry H. O’Neil, died Jan. 5, 1979. His parents, his brother, William Pitt, and his sister, Helen Shield, all died earlier.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at the United Church of Jaffrey, 54 Main St., Jaffrey. Rev. Terri Motley, pastor, will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in Conant Cemetery, Stratton Road, Jaffrey.

Family and friends are warmly invited to call Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., at Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River St., Jaffrey (

Contributions may be made in Mr. O’Neil’s memory to the United Church of Jaffrey, 54 Main St., Jaffrey 03452.