ALEC O’NEILL, 01/25/1968 – 03/25/2019. A beloved husband, son and brother who
passed away from heart disease unexpectedly and far too soon. Survived by
his wife of nearly 25 years, Allison (nee Getzewich), his mother Deborah Baker
Brown (John, deceased) his sisters Sara Sullivan, Jessie Arose (Ed), Laura Bower
(Dennis), his father William J. O’Neill Jr. (Kathy), his stepbrother Peter Brown
(Stephanie), and his stepsisters Betsy Brown Tinsley (Jeff, deceased) and Carolyn Coquillette.
Son-in-law to Roger Getzewich (Elaine) and brother-in-law to Dan Getzewich
(Jennifer) and Lee Getzewich (Shari Wright),
He had no children, but he loved his 14 nieces and nephews: Chris, Diana and
Lizzie Getzewich; Anna and Bess Sullivan; Lillian and Sebastian Arose; Hugh
and Maeve Bower; Alexander, Matthew and Maggie Brown and Will and Ben Tinsley,
all of whom fondly called him “Crazy Uncle Al”.
He received his B.A. as a dual major in Journalism and Classical Studies from the
University of Richmond in 1991. He also earned his Masters of Arts and Masters of
Humanities degrees. He always wanted to help others with their mental health, so he
obtained his Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor certificate in 2010. He
eventually opened up his own practice which continued until his untimely death.
With his innate compassion, he was always there for his friends & family when they
needed to chat, day or night.
Alec’s hobbies included woodworking, abstract painting and learning to play the saxophone.
The outpouring of love he received by friends and family is just incredible. This is a tribute
that one of his fraternity brothers, Drew Koch (Phi Gamma Delta) posted on Facebook (edited):
“A tribute to our 5th college roommate Big Al O’Neill, whose heart failed us on Monday
March 25th. You were a long-haired friend to the masses, a woodworking guru, and a mental
health therapist extraordinaire. A parrot-loving, seafaring, leopard-skin-seat-patterned cover owning,
Scirocco driving pirate. You gracefully served those who needed help, and effortlessly
brought laughter to those who needed joy.”
Per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered in the Cove at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island,
Bahamas on June 22nd. Donations to a mental health institution of your choice in Alec’s
name would be welcome.
“Love you too Ma!”