MARTIN AN­THONY O’NEILL

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

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!

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