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Peter J. O'Neill
Age: 21
Worked for: Sandler O'Neill & Partners
Originally from:
Resided in: Amityville, N.Y.
College: Bentley College

I did not know Peter, but I thought he should be on this list.
Submitted by: Jay Dooling ()

Other links: Like Father, Like Son: NY Times
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I knew peter. I should have known him better. He was a wonderful man a person most people wish they could be.His parents are struggling.Your Prayers will help.He was so good,I am sure he is leading a brand new band of angels.We love you Peter.
-- Ellen ()
12 Nov 2001

Peter, You made your parent's so proud.
-- Michael e. Phelan ()
04 Dec 2001

Like Father, Like Son

Their firstborn's name was debated and decided, but the baby looked too much like his father to be a Brendan. He was a Peter J. O'Neill Jr. B case closed B his mother, Jeanne, decided when she caught her first glimpse. Peter O'Neill shared all of his father's interests and an extra virtue: enamored of firemen from the time he was 2, he joined his local volunteer crew in Amityville, N.Y., at 17.

At home, he and his father were known as "the twins." Handy and outdoorsy like dad, Peter Jr. knew his way around the family boat, the basement toolbox, the lawn mower; he also hunted duck and shot skeet, a bonding ritual for the O'Neill men.

He considered working alongside his father, a Wall Streeter-turned-painting contractor, but realized his business degree from Bentley College would get a better workout at his uncle's firm, Sandler O'Neill & Partners, at 2 World Trade Center. He was a natural there, too, and he and four friends were stockpiling their salaries in hopes of renting a Manhattan apartment.

Shoe-shopping on the Sunday before the attack, Peter, 21, told his mother he intended to take classes to become an emergency medical technician. When she asked why he wanted to do that rather than go to graduate school, he said, "Because, Mom, I want to help people."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 1, 2001.
-- Jay Dooling (Friend {})
13 Jan 2002

Thanks for the laughs and good times. You live on in our hearts! We miss you and we love you!
-- Jillian O'Neill (Cousin {})
06 Mar 2002

Peter was a wonderful person, full of life and so much fun to be with. Just made you smile! I know he was helping and comforting others in their final moments. We love you and miss you Pete!
-- Jillian O'Neill (Cousin {})
06 Mar 2002

One of the most wonderful boys you could imagine growing up with. The most beautiful eyes. Very fortunatew to have had the opportunity to have known him- whether it be waiting for the bus in kindergarten and first grade or hanging out at the beach and sailing together as teens. My prayers are always with the O'Neill family.
-- Kristin (Messmann) Marchese (Friend {})
08 Sep 2004

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