Sean McNeill

  • Born: November 8, 1953
  • Died: July 26, 2019
  • Location: Forest Hills, New York

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Pelham, NY 10803

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Sean will be remembered as a man with boundless generosity.

Surrounded by his loving family Sean McNeill of Forest Hills in Queens New York and Trien, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon slipped away peacefully on Friday July 26th 2019. He was 65 years old. Born in Trien to James and Mary McNeill, Sean was one of 8 children. He was raised in Trien where he attended Trien National School before subsequently graduating from Roscommon Christian Brothers School. After graduating from the Christian Brothers School Sean would go on to work at A.C.C. Bank in Dublin where he would become manager in the bank's Naas office. It was during his tenure at A.C.C that Sean would go to New York on holiday and dream about coming back and starting a life for himself.

To say Sean was an entrepreneur would be an understatement. Along with his brother Michael, he would purchase a pub in Wexford St. Dublin in 1988 which they operated for 5 years. Although he enjoyed working in Dublin, his heart was still in New York. He would move back to New York in 1994 where he would continue his trade as a bar manager. While working in the bar business in New York Sean saw opportunities in Real Estate. He became a broker and worked for a number of real estate companies including William B. May. He would eventually start his own Real Estate Company, McNeill Real Estate where he would sell and lease apartments throughout NYC. In more recent years he would set up and run his online business Easyshop NYC and more recently Easy Irish Gift Box NYC.

Sean loved to give back and help where ever he could. He was involved in many charitable organizations. He participated in Concern runs, Solace House Sunrise Walks, the Irish "Meitheal" which helped aid in the recovery of the post-Hurricane Sandy Rockaways. He was also active in many County Association events and other fund raising events in the Community including Temple Street hospital and Fighting Blindness. No one will ever know of the many he helped on a personal and discrete level whether it was getting their business off the ground or getting through tough times in life.

A longtime member of the Irish Business Organization of New York, Sean served on the IBO executive board where he was president for three years from 2014 to 2016. In 2017 and 2018 he was an Aide to the Grand-Marshall for the IBO in the St. Patricks Day Parade on Fifth Avenue. Sean also served as a member of the IBO advisory board from 2018 to 2019.

Sean will be remembered as a man with boundless generosity. He was humble, caring and supportive to everyone he met. He had an ability to make everyone feel special regardless of circumstances or position in life. His life is an inspiration to all. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.

Sean leaves behind his three brothers; Padraic (Mary), Michael (Marion) and Peter (Phil) McNeill. He also leaves behind his sisters; Maura (Seamus) Kelly, Catherine (Martin) Morrison, Teresa (Des) McGann and Una McNeill. He is also survived by his many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces and first cousins Jimmy and Mary. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Sean is predeceased by his parents James and Mary as well as his sister-in-law Imelda and his niece baby Claire.

Sean's life will be honored and celebrated at The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral at 263 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012 on Wednesday July 31st 2019 at 10:00 AM. Sean's remains will be repatriated home to Castlerea where he will be reunited with his parents and niece at St Joseph's Cemetery in Castlerea Co. Roscommon. Sean was grateful for the love and care of family, friends especially Kieron and Anne, Dr. Ahmadi and all of the staff at Lenox Hill Hospital during his brief illness. In lieu of Flowers donations may be made in Sean's name to cancerresearch.org. For more information or to place a condolence please visit pelhamfuneral.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

My sympathy's to Sean's family. I was one one his neighbors in his building in Forest Hills. He was always full of such bright positive energy in the hallways and elevators, and so generous with his time (when we needed a notary). He will be missed.

Posted by Barry Joseph - Forest Hills, NY - neighbor   August 14, 2019

I'm so sorry Sean had to leave us so soon. His kindness and sweetness to me was always very alive in me. I'll pay that forward as best I can. Condolences to family and friends.

Posted by Oscar - New York, NY - Friend   July 31, 2019

To Michael and all the family, please accept our deepest sympathy on your terrible loss. We had so many great times in Dublin, New York and Boston. He was truly one of the very best.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Mary & Walter (Jones) McCann - Dorchester, MA - Friend   July 31, 2019

I am very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Sean. I knew Sean through the IBO and the New York Irish Center. Sean was a true friend of Ireland and the Irish in New York. He will be greatly missed. He was always very helpful to me during my time in NYC. Rest In Peace Sean

Posted by Howard Maxwell - New York, NY - Friend   July 31, 2019

Sincere condolences to Seán's family, nieces and nephews whom he spoke of so often. Seán was my first pal in NYC. Myself, Peter and girls were blessed to have known his friendship, kindness and generousity while posted there. An all round top guy who will remain forever cherised in our thoughts.

Posted by Teresa and Peter Ryan - Wellington City, New Zealand - Friend   July 30, 2019

Sean will be sadly missed at ours and all the Irish events which he supported so well. Rest In Peace to a true gentleman and honorable Irishman.

Posted by The Donegal Association of NY The Donegal Association of NY - New York, NY - Friend   July 30, 2019

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Sean was a very special person , his wit , smile , and fun nature was unique. At the St Patrick,s IBO marches , he always made my guests and friends welcome .
He will a big loss and will be sadly missed at the parade he loved so much. Sean , Slan.
John Healy Friend.

Posted by John Healy - New York City, NY - Friend   July 30, 2019

Condolences to the McNeill family. Sean always made me laugh and was always very helpful to me. Rest in Peace Sean.

Posted by Mary Montgomery - Bayside, NY - Friend   July 30, 2019

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My condolence to the NcNeill family . I was blessed to have known Sean for many many years . Great times in Cork and New York . Treasured memories always so kind and loyal . Rest In Peace a huge bright light just went on in Heaven . Patricia Larkin Cork

Posted by Patricia Larkin - Cork, NY - Friend   July 30, 2019

I remember the fun times we had. Rest in peace.

Posted by Phyllis Padden Behan - Ireland - Friend   July 30, 2019

My condolences to the McNeill family . God rest your soul Sean. My life was enriched at having known you.

Posted by Jim Borland - New York, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019

Sean was very kind to me and we often had good laughs together at IBO gatherings! He made it possible for me to present my Master's thesis work on the "Holy Wells of Ireland" at the IBO evening meeting, Oct. 2015.
He always offered his helping hand, and his listening ear to you, he was kind, giving and generous! God Speed, Sean! We will truly miss you!

Posted by Margaret May - Brooklyn, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019

You will be missed, Sean happy memories

Posted by Pauline Treacy - Brooklyn, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Sean passing I will always remember the great times we had together in Dublin and Boston ,sorry I cannot be with you for the funeral you are all in my prayers .
Dan Walsh St Petersburg Florida

Posted by Dan Walsh - St petersburg, FL - Friend   July 29, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Sean's family and close friends. He was a beautiful person and is missed very much by the New York Irish community.

Posted by Christine McGowan - North Babylon, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019

Sean was the ultimate gentleman. Nothing was a bother to him if he was helping others. During my time in the IBO I had the privilege of being in his company several times. He was always upbeat, positive and very motivated. He went the extra mile to get the task done. He always made me feel valued and treated me like a friend. That's how Sean was! He was one in a million. Rest In Peace Sean.

Posted by Christine McGowan - North Babylon, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019

My deepest sympathy on your great loss. Sean was my good friend and the nicest person I know. His kindness and generosity are only half known. The Irish Community have lost one of the best. I will never forget. Always in my prayers.

Posted by Bernadette McManus - Kingwood, TX - Friend   July 29, 2019

Sean will forever remain in my heart.He was a very special person. So loved our talks about being Irish!.Sean your blessed with excellent company.You were loved by all who met you.

Posted by Barbara O'Brien - Cliffside Park, NJ   July 29, 2019

Sean was a good friend who always looked out for me and took me under his wing on the New York Irish-American scene. I was so grateful for his friendship and guidance, thank you Sean for everything. We at The Irish Echo are all praying for your soul and your family

Posted by Sarah Ní Mháirtín - New York, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019

I cannot attend the service but knew Sean through various Irish organic and events. He was always a warm face at the Consulate networking breakfast, or an IBO meeting, or the countless other ways he shared his heritage in the community. Sean listened to concerns, offered support and sage advice, and always greeted with a smile. I wish I had known he wasn't well, as there are regrets at not being able to say goodbye. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Tim Borchers - New York, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019

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R.I.P Sean

Posted by Colm McStay - New York, NY   July 29, 2019

My deepest condolences for your loss. Sean's death will be felt deeply within the community for years to come. His heart was as generous as his smile. I did not know him long, but he made me feel like I knew him forever. I wish I could pay my respects in person but I will be sitting for the New York Bar Exam on Wednesday. I will say a rosary to his memory that evening.

Posted by Luci Joe Smith - New York, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019

How lucky we've been to know such a fine fellow.

Posted by David Staller - New York, NY - Friend   July 29, 2019


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For Sean McNeill,"Holy Wells of Ireland " IBO Evng Mtng,Oct 2015. Thanks and God Speed! Margaret May
Sean's regular visitor at his home's firescape, baby Rocky Racoon! He sent me this photo! Margaret M
Sean was very kind to me and we often had good laughs together at IBO gatherings! He made it possible for me to present my Master's thesis work on the "Holy Wells of Ireland" at the IBO evening meeting, Oct. 2015. He always offered his helping hand, and his listening ear to you, he was kind, giving and generous! God Speed, Sean! We will truly miss you!