MARTIN ANTHONY O’NEILL
1 951 - 2018 Our beloved Martin (known also as ‘Tony’ or ‘Mao’) departed for the Great Irish Pub in the Sky on October 4, 2018 from Vancouver. Born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland April 25, 1951 to Mary Ann Law and John Patrick O’Neill, he spent his time as a young lad on the shores of Portstewart learning to love music, soccer, the sea and a good party. As a stellar athlete and fan, he was a co-founder and ex-captain of Portstewart F.C. soccer club before earning his BSc in Economics at London University and pursuing his passions in the business world. Against the backdrop of the Troubles in his home country, he developed a fearlessness, energy and ambition to make a mark in the world, which he applied to a booming career as an incredible marketer and champion of change with international businesses starting in England and Germany, and serving as President/CEO of Braun, Rubbermaid, Bata Shoes, and Microcell (Fido) in Canada where he built a life with his family. During a rapid rise as a charismatic leader, Martin always strove to understand and appreciate all levels of the organizations he worked for, especially on visits with the valuable employees on the factory floor. He also served as Cabinet member of United Way, Director of the Retail Council of Canada, Chapter Executive of YPO and was voted one of The World’s Top 200 Young CEOs by World Economic Forum and Marketer of the Decade by AMA. Martin lived with a fierce freedom and an appetite for fun that was contagious to all who crossed his path. Among his many wellloved traits, he was known for his unbeatable sense of humour, vibrant personality, and a dedication to living life to the fullest (a personal manifesto). He loved to dance (at times, like nobody’s watching, but there we were...), enjoy soccer games and laughs at the pub, cook for family and friends, watch the world series, take his kids fishing and skiing, walk any friendly dog, and travel with curiosity and appreciation for new people (and no shortage of spontaneous adventures and surprises his family still talk about today). Happiest by the sea, his fondest times included his holidays in Spain, the south of France, Sparrow Lake, cruising Asia and Australia, the beaches of Cuba and Caribbean, North Carolina, and summers spent in beautiful Whistler. Martin was a man who showed incredible strength in the face of adversity right through his final days and was humbled by those who supported him along the journey. The last six years, he travelled the world making some of his best memories, leaving him at peace with nothing left on his list. He gave the gift of great memories and wisdom to those he leaves behind, including his partner Pam Hardie (aka “Mighty Mouse”) and their dear Whistler family. He inspires constant laughter and admiration from his children Erin (Chris) and Sean (Lisa) and grandson Brayden. He is survived by his older brother Terry with whom he enjoyed a great adventure exploring Southern Africa and he now joins his favourite Aunties Rita and Lily at the Pub up high. In the absence of a funeral service, share fond memories at memoriesofmao@ gmail.com or simply join us in raising a glass to toast Martin’s story - a full life lived with gravitas. With his spirit in mind, let’s end with something important... Go Bills Go!