Funeral Masses in Celebration of the Life of Canon Owen O’Neill

The Reception Mass will be held at 6:00pm on Sunday the 25th of April.
This will be followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00am on Monday the 26th of April.

Please view a combined Order of Service for both Masses here

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A Tribute from Fr. John Joe Maloney

If you would like to pay respects to Fr. Owen as the Cortege makes his final journey, please click here for a map of the route.

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Angela Hall
14 April 2021 9:17 pm

Fr Owen was a very special person to me. I did altar serving for him over some years. Knowing him and experiencing him as a person was a great privilege. He was a very special priest. I’d hoped to meet with him again after easing of COVID regulations.

Alison Brown
15 April 2021 12:52 am

Father Owen was such a special person, always ready with a kind word and a hug. He baptised my daughter and presided over the First Communion Masses for both of my children – my son’s First Communion was the first Mass said in the newly refurbished and enlarged Church. Three years ago his support was invaluable following the sudden death of my husband and he helped me through the funeral and the time afterwards. I served as a Eucharistic Minister for him for a few years. I had hoped to visit him following his retirement when restrictions eased. I will… Read more »

Vanessa Winter
15 April 2021 11:41 am

Fr Owen, God bless his gentle soul. Fr helped me and my family, through some truly dreadful times, always kind and wise words to give comfort, without his support I don’t think I would have coped. I had the honour and privilege to serve as a eucharistic minister alongside him for several years, it truly was a privilege. Rest in peace and rise in glory Fr Owen

Peta Hamer
16 April 2021 6:15 pm

What can you say about our lovely Fr Owen so kind and spiritual and filled with love. He is loved and missed by all the parishioners he cared for over the years.

Fr Gregory Tobin
16 April 2021 7:53 pm

Fr Owen was the assistant priest in Arnold where i grew up. His kindness and holiness made a big impact on me where he sowed the seeds of my vocation. As a brother Priest he remained a close friend not least on the golf course! Rest in peace Owen

Christine Goddard
17 April 2021 1:41 pm

Fr Owen. What can I say; there aren’t words that adequately describe the man and the priest I, and countless others, had the privilege to meet and know. Fr Owen had time for everyone no matter whether they were 90 years of age or 90 days. I personally witnessed this when he made a point of speaking to my Mum when she was visiting and I brought her to a November service for deceased loved ones and again when he blessed my week old grandson on his first visit to Church. There were other times when Fr Owen’s gift of… Read more »

Jo Davies
18 April 2021 10:22 pm

What a great man. My love always.

Jan and Barry Loakes
20 April 2021 12:18 pm

What a lovely caring person Father Owen was. We will miss him loads. Always greeted you by name and either a hand shake for the men or a cuddle for the females, sometimes even a kiss. Rest in peace Father Owen. With deepest sympathy to his family.

Barry Hill
20 April 2021 1:47 pm

As a fellow church leader in Harborough, Owen always brought a precious mix of wisdom, perspective, faith and grace to our conversations (with a healthy measure of humour!). He listened intentively, honouring God at work in other, helped us see a wider perspective if a particular challenge seemed to be overwhelming and most of all reflected God’s care and call with such love. He will be greatly missed in Harborough but we give thanks to God for his faith and the faithfulness of his Redeemer and Saviour so know our grief is not in vain. With prayers at this time… Read more »

Andy, Hayley, Oli & Jess Simpson
22 April 2021 3:50 am

Father Owen was a beautiful soul inside & out. No matter what your faith was, he had time for everybody. He welcomed us into Market Harborough with open arms, almost 18yrs ago and we have never looked back. We will miss his lovely smiling face, his compassion and most of all his hugs. Taken too soon but heaven has gained an angel – RIP Father.

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Ivana Lamarra
25 April 2021 5:55 pm

beautiful words , you speak for so many who came to Harborough and who Father made feel as if they had come home. never a stranger always a warm welcome

David Stamp
23 April 2021 10:42 am

A truly wonderful man who had such a positive impact on everyone he came into contact with.

We have been genuinely privileged that he has faithfully served both the Catholic and wider Community in Market Harborough for almost 20 years.

Personally, he freely offered great support and wisdom to all of our family.
At a professional level, he was a real pleasure to work with, his humility shone through and always made bereaved families feel at ease at their time of need.

Rest in Peace Fr. in your beloved homeland in County Tipperary.

Thank you for everything.

David Stamp 

Jo Bennett
24 April 2021 3:01 pm

Farewell Father Owen, the most gentle, kind , sympathetic man with a ready smile , kind word and a ready wit ,so so sadly missed but safely in the arms of Jesus , rest peacefully dear Father xxx

Pauline Payne
25 April 2021 10:07 am

Fr. Owen was very special to Charles and I and my girls. He celebrated the marriage of our youngest daughter a few years ago at Market Harborough and the young people who came along to the Church commented to me “Mrs. Payne – that Vicar was amazing!” I typed his first newsletter for him when he came to St. John Bosco many years ago and he always reminded me of how grateful he was. He has always been very welcoming to everyone and a true Shepherd of our Faith. We will miss him. Rest in Peace Fr. Owen. Love and… Read more »

Doreen Chappell
25 April 2021 10:37 am

Father Owen was a truly good, kind man. When he greeted the congregation as Mass began, you felt welcome, safe and loved. I will miss him.

David R
25 April 2021 2:34 pm

A true Christian and a real Gentleman. Our loss is Heavens gain

Elaine and Vince Godber @ family
25 April 2021 4:32 pm

Rest in Peace Fr. Owen, a very special priest. Thank you for your friendship and kindness over the years to the Godber family and all the Waldron family in Leicester and Sheehan family in Beaufort, Killarney 💚✝️🙏 safe journey home 💚 xxx

Laura Pentecost
25 April 2021 6:28 pm

Dear Father Owen was truly one in a million. He was so kind, caring and welcoming to all. He married myself and my husband Neil and baptised our daughter Emmeline. He will be sadly missed by so many. May he rest in peace.

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Susan Gilliatt
25 April 2021 7:11 pm

We were heart broken when Fr Owen was called from Our Lady of Lincoln Church to go serve at Market Harborough nearly 20 years ago. A remarkable man, priest and person. We will miss and cherish him always. Love always the Gilliatt family from Lincoln.

Catherine Webb
25 April 2021 8:18 pm

Thank you Father Owen for your warmth and kindness! You are missed but rest in peace! Much love and fond memories The Webb Family x

Shirley & Rob Davies
25 April 2021 8:46 pm

Father Owen was genuinely one of a kind. He exuded warmth, spirituality and kindness – making everyone who came into contact with him feel special! We will miss him hugely but are thankful for sharing our faith with him during our life, work and education in Harborough. Rest in peace and God Bless!

Biba James
25 April 2021 9:09 pm

Father Owen was a special person to me. He left me with happy memories when he was at st. John Bosco. He baptiste me and did my holy communion! He had a place in my heart always as he was just a gentle man with a good heart. Rest in eternal peace father. You will be missed. Thank you for everything you have done in this world. You have definitely earnt your place with God.

25 April 2021 10:42 pm

A truly wonderful, kind and caring priest who I shall never forget. Rest in peace now. You will be missed so very much. Susie and Patrick O’Gorman x

Rev’d David W Faulks
26 April 2021 10:53 am

In Fr Owens ministry over so many years he was always courteous and welcoming to the other clergy of Market Harborough for both prayer and support especially as a new curate in 1986

The Williams Family
26 April 2021 12:07 pm

God Bless you Father. Your words and strength will live on in everyone you ever met. Andy, Rachel and Isaac Williams. x

Agnes and Alan Brisley
26 April 2021 4:00 pm

Father Owen was a very compassionate man who gave his all to us in his thoughts, words and deeds and he loved his fellow man as he did his God. R.I.P. Father.

Barbara Ian Abbott
26 April 2021 4:02 pm

We first met Fr Owen in 1978 when he was Administrator of The Catholic Children’s Society. When he was moved to St John Bosch Parish in Leicester, he and our Parish Priest, Fr Brendan O’Callaghan, of St Mary’s South Wigston, decided to work together to provide a wider range of Masses to give the people of both parishes a greater opportunity to get to Mass. We started going to the Saturday evening Vigil Mass at St John Bosch, where two of our children received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Fr Owen. When Fr Owen was moved to Lincoln, we used… Read more »

Mary Finan
26 April 2021 6:21 pm

Father Owen was one of the loveliest and most reverent priest I have ever known. He married my son and daughter-in-law and baptized both of their children. All were joyous occasions that we will never forget. RIP Father Owen you have gotten the reward you truly deserve.

Nicky Scampton
27 April 2021 10:59 am

Fr Owen – such a special, kind and gentle man, who welcomed everybody into the church, whether they were Catholic or not, so wise and modern in his thinking, he could converse with young and old alike. And what wonders he did in the extension and refurbishment of our Lady of Victories – his legacy will live on for many years to come. I will always be grateful for the support he has shown our family over the years and the comfort he brought to my dad in his final days. God bless you Father, rest in peace with the… Read more »

Delia and Keith Davies
27 April 2021 11:45 am

Delia and Keith
We arrived in Ratcliffe on Trent at much the same time as Father. He was a regular visitor to our house and we have kept in touch since then . His last favour to us was to say Mass on our Golden Wedding. Precious memories.

Elaine Brown
28 April 2021 3:37 pm

Father Owen was a lovely, caring man and wonderful, spiritual priest. He inspired, guided and consoled me. His love of the Church and Sacraments was always very evident as was his compassionate understanding of human fraility. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. May he rest in joy and peace.

Margaret Atkins
1 May 2021 11:25 am

My abiding memories of Fr Owen are his sense of humour, even mischief, the warm welcome for everyone at every mass and his surprisingly liberal views for one of his (our) generation. Do they have golf in heaven? I hope so.