In Memoriam

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michael-verronneauMichael W. Verronneau

Michael W. Verronneau, 56, died Monday, December 7, 2015 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Born in New Bedford, he was the son of Cecile Joseph, Albert Joseph Jr., and the late Roger Verronneau.

A self described “professional patient” for most of his life, Mike died as he lived, fighting against all odds to live life fully, inspiring everyone who had the privilege of meeting him.

Mike was diagnosed in 1985 with Hypereosinophilic Syndrome, a condition that would profoundly shape the course of his life. Originally a mechanic, Mike became a self-taught computer analyst, re-inventing himself as he battled his illness, becoming the Technical Operations Director for Bristol District Attorney, Paul Walsh, Facilities Manager and Business Continuity Project Manager for OnProcess Technology, Faculty Member, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and the founder of MWV Multi-Media Forensic Investigative Services Inc.

Described by his colleagues as the consummate professional, Mike strove for excellence in all that he did and possessed a genuine compassion for and commitment to his clients.

But Mike will be remembered most for his dedication to assisting others, especially those with serious medical illnesses. Thanks to the indefatigable work of Mike’s doctors at Beth Israel Hospital, Dr. Peter Weller, Dr. Anne Weller and Dr. Warren Manning, Mike was able to touch the lives of countless individuals for 30 years after his original diagnosis.

Through Mike’s tireless advocacy, fund raising, and medical expertise, he offered compassionate guidance and moral support to multitudes. And to those lucky enough to be in the “inner circle” of Team Verronneau, our lives will be forever changed by Mike’s will to live in the face of supreme challenges; with grit, determination, fierce loyalty, and a genuine ability to look beyond life’s struggles to what was truly important — family and friends.

A dedicated family man, Mike is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” (O’Neil) Verronneau, daughter, Nicole Potter and her husband David, grandson, Benjamin Potter, sister, Deborah Allerdt and her husband Jeffrey, brother, Mark Verronneau and his wife Tricia, nephews Marc Allerdt and his wife Meredith and Steven Verronneau, nieces Jessica Allerdt and Alyssa Verronneau, sister-in-law Catherine Norton and her husband Stephen, brothers-in-law, Thomas O’Neil, Mark O’Neil and his wife Laurie, Andrew O’Neil and his wife Jacqueline, Michael O’Neil, Christopher O’Neil and his wife Kristine, and many O’Neil nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 AM at St. Lawrence Church, New Bedford. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Friday from 4-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, “Weller Leukocyte Fund” noted in the check memo line, to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA, 02215 or the Thomas H. and Catherine D. O’Neil Charitable Foundation, www.oneil-foundation.org. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Margaret E. O’Neil

Margaret E. O’Neil, 86, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Norah (Davis) and Alexander Smith and the widow of Andrew D. O’Neil.

Known to many who loved her as Mother Maggs, Maggie devoted her life to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was the quintessential matriarch; regaling all who loved her with her spirited personality, keen sense of humor, and no-nonsense perspective on life. Her door was always open and she was surrogate mother to many, especially Nona Sbordone and William Burns, Jr. Those of us who frequented her bustling living room will dearly miss her banter, her candid advice and her beloved cantankerous personality.

She is survived by her children, Catherine D. Norton and her husband Stephen, Thomas E. O’Neil and his companion Maggie Alves, Mark A. O’Neil and his wife Laurie, Margaret (Peggy) E. Verronneau and her husband Michael, Andrew D. O’Neil, Jr. and his wife Jacqueline, Michael J. O’Neil and his companion Elizabeth Shannon, and Christopher O’Neil and his wife Kristine; 12 grandchildren; Meghan (Norton) Kratz, Molly (Norton) Fazzi, Stephanie A. Norton, Jamie R. O’Neil, Erin R. O’Neil, Andrew P. O’Neil, Nicole M. Verronneau, William E. O’Neil, Patrick A. O’Neil, Matthew M. O’Neil, Lauren E. O’Neil, and Kathryn M. O’Neil; great-grandchildren; Brady and Kallie Kratz; sisters; Alice Larson, Shirley Smith, and Barbara Brennan; brother; Alexander Smith, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was sister to the late Martha Sullivan, Catherine Griffin, Mary T. Smith, Eleanor Fontaine, Natalie Arnett, Peter Smith, Theresa M. Smith, and Winifred A. Smith.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10 AM at St. Lawrence Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Thomas H. and Catherine D. O’Neil Charitable Foundation, www.oneilfoundation.org. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

amelia-l-nunesAmelia L. Nunes

Amelia L. “Mallie” Nunes, 86 of Dartmouth, died Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Royal of Fairhaven, following a lengthy period of declining health. She was born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Anthony A. and Maria I. (Correia) Pires. “Mallie” was the widow of Alfred J. Nunes. She was employed as a secretary for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, retiring in 1989. She was a communicant of the former St. John The Baptist Church. She resided in New Bedford, moving to Dartmouth in 1990.

Survivors include Her Son: Mark S. Nunes and his wife Marta of Dartmouth, 1 Grandson: Nicholas Nunes of Fairhaven. She was the mother of the late Michael Nunes and the sister of the late Oscar Pires, Lee Pires and Natercia “Tassie” Alcrim.

Her funeral will be conducted Tuesday morning 8:45 at the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated in St. Julie Billiart Church, North Dartmouth at 10:00. Visiting hours Monday evening from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment in Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mallie’s memory to the O’Neil Charitable Foundation, Inc., 271 Union St., New Bedford, MA 02740. (Secure Online Donations HERE)

Funeral arrangements entrusted to AUBERTINE-LOPES FUNERAL HOME, 129 Allen Street, New Bedford. Ample lighted parking area, with handicap accessible entrance to rear of funeral home.