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1st Riverside Hotel - which burnt

John O’Neill

John O’ Neill was born February 18, 1945 the son of John and Ethel O’Neill. John and his family moved to Stony Creek in 1947.

He attended District #4 school in Stony Creek and then went to Hadley Luzerne Central School where he graduated in 1963.

John served in the US Army from July 1966-June 1968 as a radio-teletype operator in Germany. John then attended Agricultural and Technical College at SUNY Morrisville where he earned his AAS degree in business.

After receiving his degree John started a career in local government. He was first appointed as the Stony Creek Town Justice (1974-1975). In 1978 John was elected to the position of Town Supervisor, a position he held for 24 years. He served from 1978-1983 and a second term from 1986-2003. He had the distinction of holding the office longer than any other supervisor for the town.

John was also very active on a county level serving on 13 committees. Prior to his death John had announced his intentions to run for Warren County Treasurer and had won the endorsement of the Republican Committee.

John was a member of the Masonic Unity Lodge 22 of Greenfield Center, Lake Luzerne V.F.W., Lake Luzerne American Legion and the Stony Creek Chamber of Commerce.

Also a businessman, John owned the Creek Basin Laundromat, several rental properties and a former owner of the Stony Creek Lodge (1983-1990).

John was also an entertainer playing country and blue grass music in two bands that he was part of: The Blue Water Boys and Warren County Ramblers.

His passion was the game of golf.

John had many accomplishments during his time in office; however two stand out, the rebuilding of the town hall after a devastating fire and the building of the present Stony Creek Post Office (1999).

John died unexpectedly on May 14, 2003, and was buried in the Knowlhurst Cemetery in Stony Creek.

The town and its people lost a man who truly loved his town and representing his constituents and the difference he made during his lifetime was huge.


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