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2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP

06 Mar 19 - 04:56 PM (#3980596)
Subject: Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Herga Kitty

I've just seen a post from Moira Craig on Facebook to say that Tony O'Neill - The Admiral and former organiser, with Pearl (Mrs Admiral) of Maidenhead Folk Club - has passed away following a fall at his home in Whitby.

I first went boating with Tony and Pearl in 1982, after singing in the barn with them at Towersey festival. At least they're singing again together now.

RIP Tony

Kitty
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06 Mar 19 - 05:09 PM (#3980598)
Subject: RE: Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Raggytash

I've not known Tony very long, only since he moved to Whitby. He always came across as a really good and gentle man.

I was only talking to him a week or two ago in the Black Horse.

This news is very, very sad.

My sincere condolences to all who knew him.


06 Mar 19 - 07:38 PM (#3980624)
Subject: RE: Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Spectacled Warbler

I'm really sorry to hear this.    I spent hundreds of happy hours with Tony and Pearl in rousing singing sessions around the country, during the 1980s.   They were both always friendly and kind.

RIP Tony and thank you

Joy
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07 Mar 19 - 02:32 AM (#3980655)
Subject: RE: Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Mr Red

Oh dear.


07 Mar 19 - 02:43 AM (#3980659)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: The Sandman

R I P Tony,pleasre to have known you


07 Mar 19 - 03:04 AM (#3980662)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST,Nick Dow

Sad news, he was well liked. RIP.
Nick


07 Mar 19 - 03:57 AM (#3980670)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST,Fyldeplayer

This is sad news. We knew him over many years as members of Maidenhead folk club. They were very generous in their socialising. The first dinner party with them we stayed up all night - then went to the boat yard near Tower Bridge where Tony really enjoyed showing us the beautiful marine engines that so enthused him. I like to think he is steering a lovely barge on a sunny canal. We are attending MFC tonight, maybe sing one of his songs. RIP Tony.


07 Mar 19 - 05:02 AM (#3980690)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Snuffy

So sad to hear this. He was always welcoming and encouraging to nervous newcomers. He will be greatly missed.


07 Mar 19 - 05:27 AM (#3980692)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: banjoman

Sad news. WE knew Tony and Pearl as stalwarts of the Whitchurch Festival in the 90's. Both were people it was good to know. Thanks
Pete & Maggie


07 Mar 19 - 07:18 AM (#3980711)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Waddon Pete

Sorry to hear this news. My condolences to all those who know and love him. I have added his name to the "in Memoriam" thread.

RIP

Peter


07 Mar 19 - 09:01 AM (#3980734)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge

I haven't been to Maidenhead for a while now, but in earlier days, I used to stay with him & His lovely late wife Pearl, who always made me feel very welcome.
Great folks, real enthusiasts- so good to have known them R.I.P.


07 Mar 19 - 10:28 AM (#3980757)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST,Ian

We will be remembering Tony and his songs in the Three horseshoes barn Towersey Sun 25 August 2019. Where for many years he was MC. See Face book page, Towersey Barn Singaround for more details.


07 Mar 19 - 10:40 AM (#3980760)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: sleepyjon

This really makes me sad - I owe a lot to those Towersey sessions and Tony and Pearl were so welcoming to Cele and me. Now all three are gone. Rest in peace, all of you.

John G


07 Mar 19 - 11:56 AM (#3980779)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)

So sad to hear this. I knew Tony from long ago, enjoyed many nights at Maidenhead FC (he even had a lapse of judgement and booked me and Kitty Vernon there once or twice!) and saw him and Pearl at many singarounds and festivals. Always good company.

I've not seen him since he moved to Whitby, but this news came as a great surprise and sorrow. RIP Tony.

Mick


07 Mar 19 - 07:32 PM (#3980837)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Herga Kitty

I think, Mick, that it was Pearl who was responsible for the bookings! They were such a great team together and are/will be much missed at the festivals where they hosted singarounds and encouraged people to sing.

Kitty


08 Mar 19 - 06:34 AM (#3980901)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: MoorleyMan

Sorry to hear this.
Another of the good guys gone (to the pearl-y gates...)
RIP Tony.


09 Mar 19 - 09:36 AM (#3981113)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST,Verna. Upton Festival and West Cork.

Such sad news. Tony will be a huge loss to the Folk world. I have many happy memories of song sessions at so many festivals together with memories of Tony and Pearl visiting Ray and myself here in West Cork and their gigs at Fastnet Festival. RIP


11 Mar 19 - 01:03 PM (#3981510)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Brian Peters

I was very fond of both Tony and Pearl, played their club and stayed with them several times. So sad to hear about Tony.


15 Mar 19 - 08:37 AM (#3982236)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: sleepyjon

Any news of a funeral/memorial/wake? - or have I already missed it (which I would regret!)
SJ


15 Mar 19 - 08:43 AM (#3982237)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)

Jon

Moira Craig just posted this on f/b and I'm sure she won't mind me posting it here:

HI All, just to let you know that Tony O'Neill's funeral will be on 26th April at East Hamsted Crem Slough around midday. with the wake following on at the same place Pearl's was. Can you let me know if you are likely to come so the family have an idea of numbers. I will post more details when I have them. Please can you pass/share this to folk that are not on my friend's list.

Mick


15 Mar 19 - 10:11 AM (#3982255)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Leadfingers

Fond memories of Tony both at Maidenhead and on the canals . I will certainly be in attendance on 26th April and will be happy to assist in transport from Hayes if anyone needs a lift


15 Mar 19 - 10:51 AM (#3982265)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: beachcomber

Can't help thinking just how great it is to be remembered by one's friends in so positive a fashion. My condolences to Mr O'Neill's family and all of you, his friends.


15 Mar 19 - 11:03 AM (#3982268)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Leadfingers

Wonderful memories of the Canal Trips as well as fairly steady attendance at Maidenhed F C . I will certainly be in attendance on 26th April and will have an empty car from Hayes if any one needs transport !


15 Mar 19 - 11:38 AM (#3982278)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST

Tony O’Neill's Funeral will be at the Easthampstead Crematorium, (South Road, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3DW on Friday 26 April around midday with the wake following on where Pearl’s was held at SportAble (formerly WAMSAD), Braywick Sports Ground, Maidenhead. SL6. 1BNFurther details to follow as Moira has them.

(Just a slight clarification from MCP post it is Easthampstead which is Wokingham nr Bracknell not slough crem)


16 Mar 19 - 04:20 AM (#3982417)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: nutty

So sad to read this yesterday. Tony had moved to WHITBY to try to make a new life after Pearls death and it obviously didn't work out. rest in peace Tony,


16 Mar 19 - 04:37 AM (#3982424)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: The Sandman

Sorry i cant make it am in ireland .
tony and pearl booked me many times and were good friends, it is very sad, but maybe its better to go quickly[which i hope was the case and hopefully without too much pain, RIP


16 Mar 19 - 04:44 AM (#3982428)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Megan L

Another empty chair at the mudcat table so raise your glass to absent friends, but there must be one hellufa session going on somewhere since folk keep slipping out the room to get to it.


16 Mar 19 - 05:05 PM (#3982553)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: vectis

Another one taken too soon. I really got to know Tony and Pearl better through their charity events "Dog Days Do". A lot of dosh was raised for the Caister Lifeboat which was not funded by the RNLI. Some cold but very happy weekends.
They were a lovely couple and now they will be at their happiest because they are together again, Reunited RIP Tony.


17 Mar 19 - 09:33 AM (#3982642)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST,John Conolly (GUEST)

RIP Tony - safely moored in Fiddlers' Green. . . I've been grateful for Tony and Pearl's hospitality on many occasions - two lovely people who are sadly missed by many.


24 Mar 19 - 04:48 PM (#3984414)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST,Steve Shaw

Plan to attend..


27 Mar 19 - 01:05 PM (#3984800)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: GUEST,Jojo Folkagogo

Isnt this so very sad?
Two lovely people taken from us so relatively early in life?
At least they are now together again. Saw and spoke at length to Tony about two years ago at Durham F/Fest, mainly about Pearl.
Best regards to all his family. Will try to make the Towersey craic. Jo


28 Mar 19 - 03:52 AM (#3984859)
Subject: RE: 2019 Obit:Tony O'Neill (The Admiral) RIP
From: Billy Suggers

And far beyond this mortal shore
We'll meet with those who have gone before
And shout to think we have gained the day
By marching in the good old way

Fair windsand calm seas, Admiral