About Pete

Peter James O’Neill, Jr., was born on November 27, 1979, the first of three children born to Jeanne and Peter J. O’Neill, Sr. Peter, his sister, Bridie, and brother, Tommy, were raised in Amityville, NY, on Long Island’s Great South Bay, which was also home to most of their forty-two Kretz and O’Neill cousins    [… read more …]

Peter James O’Neill, Jr., was born on November 27, 1979, the first of three children born to Jeanne and Peter J. O’Neill, Sr. Peter, his sister, Bridie, and brother, Tommy, were raised in Amityville, NY, on Long Island’s Great South Bay, which was also home to most of their forty-two Kretz and O’Neill cousins, plus thirty aunts and uncles, grandparents, and plenty of second cousins, too. He grew up surrounded by love.

Jeanne and Peter, Sr., encouraged their son Pete in everything he did, and instilled in him the kindness, character and diligence that would make him so successful throughout his school years and into his working life. Peter attended St. Martin of Tours School in Amityville, followed by Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, NY, and Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Sports were a great love of his, and though he played many over the years, golf being one of them, Peter came to focus on lacrosse, which he played at both Holy Trinity and at Bentley.

As anyone who knew Peter can attest, he worked hard, and he also knew how to have a lot of fun. Pete had an excellent sense of humor and a gift for making people laugh. Funny and big-hearted, he made great friends everywhere he went, especially at Holy Trinity and Bentley. Both in high school and in college, Peter found big circles of guys and girls he loved spending time with, and who shared his enthusiasm for music, adventure, sports and good times.

In 2001, Peter and his friends from Bentley celebrated their college graduation. After he packed up at Bentley, Peter moved back home with Jeanne, Peter, Bridie and Tommy in Amityville so he could commute to his new job at investment-banking firm Sandler O’Neill in the fall. Before beginning work, Peter had a fantastic summer. He backpacked through Europe with his best friends from Holy Trinity, danced up a storm with his Kretz family at his cousin Megan’s wedding on the beach in Westhampton, and, in a bittersweet moment, gathered with his O’Neill family to say goodbye to his grandmother, Mary Alice. As he started work at Sandler O’Neill, he made plans to rent an apartment in Manhattan with his cousin and friends, so he could spend more time in the city he loved.

Peter was at work on the 104th floor of Two World Trade on the morning of September 11, 2001. He left behind countless numbers of people who loved him, from his parents and siblings to his extended family and his many friends. What we have to hold onto are our memories of Peter’s warmth, generosity, determination, empathy, and the way he always made us laugh and smile. We will never forget.

 

About the PJO Classic

Over the years, Peter’s family and friends started looking for ways to put their time, energy and love for Peter to good use, and for ways to keep his memory alive. Peter’s friends from Holy Trinity conceived and built a beautiful memorial park in Amityville. His Bentley friends went on to establish the Peter J.    [… read more …]

Over the years, Peter’s family and friends started looking for ways to put their time, energy and love for Peter to good use, and for ways to keep his memory alive. Peter’s friends from Holy Trinity conceived and built a beautiful memorial park in Amityville. His Bentley friends went on to establish the Peter J. O’Neill Memorial Scholarship fund. His sister, Bridie, and aunt, Kelly Medwig, began an annual fun run, the Peter 5K.

The PJO Classic started as an email from Peter’s cousin, Terry Moran, to five of his other cousins shortly after the first anniversary of September 11, 2001. The subject was “For Pete.” Terry wanted to start a new tradition in Peter’s name. He suggested a golf outing that would bring together all of the people who loved Peter to celebrate his life and the many happy memories they’d shared. The six cousins started talking about how it would work, and named it the PJO Classic. They met with Peter’s parents, Peter, Sr., and Jeanne, to tell them about the idea for the outing; Peter and Jeanne gave the event their blessing.

The first PJO Classic was scheduled for August 15, 2003. The day before, the northeastern U.S. experienced one of the most widespread power outages that had ever occurred. The night of the blackout, Peter’s cousins Megan Fay, Terry Moran, Dan Kretz, Kevin Kretz and Brenna McLoughlin sat at Megan’s candlelit kitchen table and tried to recall all of the golf groups and other information stored on computers that could not be turned on. The blackout stranded the sixth cousin, Patrick Kretz, in Manhattan until late that night. The PJO committee had no way of knowing if the power would be back in time for the outing in the morning, and, because of the travel problems the blackout caused, they also didn’t know if anyone would show up, with power or without. But the power came back at 8am, just in time for guest check-in, and almost all of the guests made it to the course.

Since then, each PJO Classic has been more successful than last, thanks to the amazing support of Peter’s family, friends and their communities. We on the PJO committee are always moved by the enthusiasm of our guests. We are so very grateful for all you do.

 

About the Peter J. O'Neill, Jr., Fund

Thanks to the enthusiastic participation and generosity of our guests at the PJO Classic, the Peter J. O’Neill, Jr., Fund has touched the lives of people around the world. The Fund has made donations to disaster relief, to organizations that work to eradicate terrible illnesses, to improve the lives of children    [… read more …]

Thanks to the enthusiastic participation and generosity of our guests at the PJO Classic, the Peter J. O’Neill, Jr., Fund has touched the lives of people around the world. The Fund has made donations to disaster relief, to organizations that work to eradicate terrible illnesses, to improve the lives of children, to support the U.S. military’s servicemen and women and their families, and, in modest and significant amounts, to many other worthy causes. Additionally, we’ve given annually to the scholarship endowment established in Peter’s name at his alma mater, Bentley University. Each donation is inspired by Peter’s giving spirit and compassion for others, and by the efforts you’ve all made to keep Peter’s memory alive.