Daniel Michael O'Neil, 61, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at his home in Bakersville, with his wife of 20 years, Christene O'Neil, and family members at his side.
He was born Sept. 11, 1957, in Detroit, Mich. After high school he enlisted in the Army for four years. After that his love of driving kept him busy selling meat of hauling items from one state to the other. Daniel had the ability to light up a room the minute he walked in, and could mimick accents and draw laughs by acting out a scene. He was fiercely loyal towards family and friends, and held deep connections with them. He will be remembered for his enthusiasm for life, embracing each day as an adventure; his deep sense of responsibility; his resilience; his twinkling blue eyes; his passionate determination; and his appreciation for life and the people he shared it with. Daniel, you brought joy, love, and laughter to all our lives.
Daniel is survived by his mother, Janet Berry of Spruce Pine; daughter, Kelly Little of Manitou Beach-Devils Lake, Mich.; two grandchildren, Tamara and Sophie; stepchildren, Larry and Terrie Page of Mesa, Ariz., William Page, Andrea and Jeffrey Scott, Jackie Zumpano, and Heather and Matt Varallo, all of California; sister, Deborah Walker of The Bronx, N.Y.; brother, Dave O'Neil of Maryland; brother, Jason and sister-in-law, Stephanie Berry, of Burnsville.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, J. Frank Berry.
Per the wishes of Daniel there will not be any services.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Rd., Burnsville, NC 28714. Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.