Family

Just received pictures from my dad’s side of the family that I have never seen before.  I don’t know them well and some I don’t know at all.

This is your Great Grandmother and Grandfather … William and Edith O’Neil.

We called him ‘Pop-Pop.’  I never knew your Great Grandmother.  She was sick and hospitalized shortly after I was born.  Her maiden name was Chambers… French.

Pop served in the army during WWI.  I have his medals somewhere.  He later worked as a mailman.  

This is your Grandfather with his mom and his four sisters.  The two in the middle are Lillian and Edith.  The other two sisters are named Irene and Grace.  I don’t know which is which.  They lived in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.  

I remember visiting Aunt Lillian as a kid.  Aunt Edith adored me.  She was a wonderful person. I remember playing poker with the family in the Florida Keys when I was 18.  I lost and Aunt Edith made everyone give me my money back.

Check out the hairdo on your Grandfather.  He served in the U.S. Navy and then worked as a NYC cab driver and later as a probation officer in Florida.  William Aloysius Michael O’Neil.  He joined the Navy using the birth certificate of his brother…  who I think died at birth… Allowing him to join before he was of age.  His birthday was always confusing.

Your Grandmother and Grandfather… William and Teresa O’Neil… On their wedding day.

I know two of the bridesmaids… Teresa Predergast and Mary King.  I had a crush on Cousin Mary as a kid.  You can probably figure out who she is.  

I don’t know the woman seated on the left… Likely my Aunt Irene or Grace.  Next to her your Great Grandfather… My Uncle Al Kobus and his wife Aunt Edith… My favorite.

That’s your Grandfather standing on the far right with his sister Lillian next to him.  I’m not sure of the rest… But think the shorter guy is my Uncle Frank Ging… Aunt Lil’s husband.

Not sure sure who the woman on the left is… Likely my Aunt Irene or Grace… Pop is in the middle and Aunt Edith on the right.  I wish I had a chance to better know my Grandfather.  I hope my grandson will never share that regret.

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