John Wal­ter O’Neil Insley Sr.

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — John Wal­ter O’Neil Insley Sr.’s spirit de­parted this world Sept. 21, 2016, af­ter 85 years, where he was loved im­mensely by his fam­ily and fondly thought of by all who knew him. At the time of his pass­ing, he was un­der the kind care of Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Sal­is­bury, MD, where he was con­stantly sur­rounded by his loving fam­ily and wife of 66 years, Goldona.

O’Neil was born May 15, 1931 to the late Wal­ter W. Insley and Naomi McFeeters Insley in Andrews, MD. Mr. Insley at­tended school in Crapo, MD, from which he grad­u­ated in 1948. On Feb. 4, 1950, he mar­ried his boy­hood love, the for­mer Goldona L. New­comb.

O’Neil worked as a Diesel Me­chanic at Madewell Shops for 14 years and later for the Dorch­ester County

High­way Depart­ment from where he re­tired in the early 1990’s af­ter 30 years of ser vice.

In his younger years, O’Neil en­joyed hunt­ing and fish­ing as well as tak­ing a life­long de­light in gar­den­ing. Af­ter re­tire­ment, he en­joyed work­ing with his brother Dale at the Insley Saw Mill which they owned and op­er­ated to­gether.

He and his wife en­joyed many evenings with the “Hardees Gang” cof­fee and laughs. Mr. Insley was known as a good hu­mored man who had a fond­ness for play­ing tricks and telling jokes. He pos­sessed an end­less cu­rios­ity about nearly

ev­ery­thing. He had a con­ta­gious and kind smile that could warm a heart on even one’s worst day. O’Neil was also a good hearted man and all of the above qual­i­ties con­tin­ued well into the last weeks of life. Spend­ing time with his fam­ily was his great­est love, as he show­ered them all with his af­fec­tion. His grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren gave him a spe­cial joy.

Be­sides his loving wife of 66 years, Goldona N. Insley; he is sur­vived by his two chil­dren: Gale I. Todd and her hus­band Phillip and John Wal­ter O’Neil Insley Jr. and his wife Kim­berly, all of Cam­bridge; three grand­chil­dren: Sun­day Kaye Kamin­ski and part­ner Mark; Andrew Insley Todd; and Amanda Aaron and her part­ner Gene, also all of Cam­bridge; as well as two great grand­chil­dren: Olivia M. Henry and James A. Green­lee

Jr. Mr. Insley is also sur­vived by two brothers: Billy L. Insley of Cam­bridge; and Dale N. Insley Sr. and his wife Min­nie of Andrews, MD; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews. Be­sides his par­ents. he was pre­ceded in death by two brothers: Hu­bert Bur­ton and Boyce J. Insley.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at New­comb and Collins Funeral Home in Cam­bridge, MD, at 1 p.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 29, with a view­ing one hour prior to the ser­vice with Pas­tor Charles Hud­son of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Parkin­son’s Dis­ease Foun­da­tion, 1359 Broad­way Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Sal­is­bury, MD 21802 or River­side Wes­leyan Church, P.O. Box 164, Fish­ing Creek, MD 21634.


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