A funeral service is scheduled Saturday for former state legislator Regis B. O’Neil, who died April 1 of Covid-19.
Because of limitations placed on public gatherings in April as the epidemic rapidly spread, his family had to postpone services.
O’Neil, a Republican, also served in the Suffolk County legislature. He was a philanthropist and a founding member of Huntington’s Ancient Order of Hibernians and a past Grand Marshal of the 1998 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Earlier, the Huntington Hibernians wrote, “When Regis was Grand Marshal of the 1998 Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade, he started with what became a Hibernian parade day tradition to this day. Now thanks to Regis, every Parade day starts with mass, a pre-parade brunch at Finley’s pub, and then marching in our distinctive morning suit tuxedos.
“Sadly, Regis was the last of the core four Hibernians (Regis, Dominick Feeney, Sr, Cliff Starkins, and Greg Butler) who started the tradition to pass away. But we are sure Regis has reconnected with his wife Joan and his buddies and will be looking down on all of us smiling at next year’s Parade. But we will miss him greatly.”
The mass is scheduled at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington.