Patricia O’Neill, know universally as “Trisha”, unexpectedly departed this life on 7/29/22 at her home. Born in Springfield Dec. 26, 1990 to Miriam Santos and Patrick O’Neill, Trisha was a proud lifelong resident of West Springfield. She attended West Side H.S., and was a member of the class of 2008. While she was initially seen as a quiet and unassuming individual, once she became comfortable and gained your confidence, the beauty and depth of her personality became apparent. Trisha is known for many qualities that include, a wholly unique zest for life, being slow to anger and quick in kindness, an excellent (albeit warped) sense of humor, and an unwavering dedication to her friends and family. To know her was to love her. Throughout her adult years, Trisha held positions at various business in W. Springfield, including N.E. Uniform, Classic Burger, and most recently, The White Hut. She was universally praised and valued for her hardworking demeanor and level of commitment to her coworkers. Our community has lost one of its proudest members, and biggest hidden assets. During her time with us, Trisha left indelible marks on a multitude of hearts, and is already missed beyond the ability of the English language. She leaves behind her beloved daughter Riley Jane Abbott, whose love and care comprised her highest calling and greatest joy. She will also be mourned by Riley’s dad, Tim Abbott, her best friend and partner in parenting, as well as Tim’s extended family. Among her immediate family, Trisha is grieved by an army including her paternal grandfather William C. O’Neill and grandmother Judy, great-Aunt Ellen, “brother” Billy, his wife Kamila, and their daughter Aggie Marie. Witnessing the bond between Riley and Aggie and how it mirrored her own childhood bond with Billy 30 years earlier was something she frequently gave thanks for. Also left to mourn her memory are her father Patrick O’Neill and wife Chris, and her half siblings Phillip Schipper, Jacob Schipper, Crystal Lam, and Maxwell O’Neill. Additionally, she leaves her uncle Bill O’Neill, aunt Diane, and cousins Sean O’Neill and Siobhan Findlay, as well as multiple nieces and nephews both by blood and in heart. Trisha will also be eternally missed by her beloved maternal aunt and “2nd mom” Jane Santos, and Uncle George. Tragically Trisha was predeceased by her mother, Miriam Santos, in July 2021 and a brother, David Badillo. Trisha’s overwhelming grief and pain was apparent to everyone around her this past year, but we can take some solace in knowing that they are now joyfully reunited and at peace. Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St Holyoke is in charge of the arrangements. A wake service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday Aug 7 from 2:30-5:30, and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday Aug 8th at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 47 Pine Street, West Springfield. Burial will follow at Saint Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we encourage contributions towards Riley’s Future educational needs, which will be put into a managed 529 account for this express need. Donations may be submitted electronically via the GoFundMe established by Billy O’Neill--- https://gofund.me/f65c95c3 Cash or check donations may be made out to William E. O’Neill, 36 Oakland St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Please specify in the memo if funds are for funeral expenses or the education fund.
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