Memorial Created By
Lisa Marie Kindley

John O'Neill

April 25, 1944 - December 09, 2021

We are gathering here to celebrate the life of John O'Neill. Sharing your stories, photos , videos and memories will bring comfort to all of us who knew and loved him. Please post as often as you like, whenever you find a special photo, or remember something that made you smile! Click on the heart to let us...  see more

OBITUARY
Remembering John...Artist, game designer, entrepreneur, creative force and shining spirit...We all knew different sides of him, all overlapping:Loving, tender, and protective as a husband and father...Insightful, wise, thoughtful and inspiring as a teacher, brother, friend...Wild, spontaneous and funny as the life of a party, always ready to dance or play drums or tell a good story...We all loved him and miss him in so many ways...
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  • ELISABETE ARIZTOY AJURIA
    Our dear friend, we just heard that you aren’t with us anymore. Thank you for all those great moments we spent together, the laughs, the teasing, the long talks with a glass of wine, the dinners and ... you playing the drums at the last minute parties...  more
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    What follows is a beautiful dream that John had, mid-November 2022...When he was in the hospital, he asked me to write it down for him as he told it to me....he didn't want it forgotten....
    "So I'm lying in bed, couldn't sleep, and gradually I...  more
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    This photo, and these words, are posted for John on behalf of my parents, Bob and Bev Kindley:
    "Yellow daisies for John O'Neill, in memory of his spring birthday when they bloom. The honey is to remind us of his sweet and thoughtful nature.
    The...  more
  • Sonja
    John shared this original photo with Lisa and me when I visited last summer and I thought it was so cool. Such style!
  • Sonja
    I remember John not only as a wonderful brother-in-law, friend, spiritual advisor, artist/designer, magician, and philosopher, but also as a fellow music freak, someone who brought music to groups spontaneously (didgeridoo, pan pipes, drums) and could...  more
  • Bernadette O'Neill
    Happy Birthday dear brother.

    I am adding some special photos, from your early start digging on the beach in Yorkshire, through the years to family holidays, O'Neill siblings creating their masterpieces in the garden of the family home - watched by a...  more
  • Alice O'Neill
    Happy Birthday Uncle John!

    I have so many great memories of Uncle John coming to visit- it really was such an exciting event for us! I especially remember him staying with us when it was my first day of school and how excited I was for him to see me in...  more
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    The garden bed John made here in Truchas, with all of the seedlings laid out neatly for planting....rather like a game board, such as Paradice! John was a Green Man in many ways...
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    Sorting through boxes of old photos, I found this....John the pirate! It was taken from before I met him, but I like to think of him this way, as he always had a strong adventurous side...it is part of what led us to start a new journey in New Mexico...
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    ...A sweet poem my mother wrote about John...my family loved him, although our visits together were not often enough...
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    Such a funny, cute moment, Oona.... the deer video really shows your family resemblance! :)
  • Oona O'Neill
    Deer-y me... What a classic father-daughter moment : )
  • Angelina  Young
    John O’Neill, one of a kind! He was the Art teacher for many years at our little Charter high school. Inspiring all who met him, a perfect gentleman and also irreverent with a mischievous grin. Here is a Halloween photo from the school, 2017. Love to...  more
  • Angelina  Young
  • Bernadette O'Neill
  • Bernadette O'Neill
    And, talking of babies….. found this today
  • Alex O’Neill
    Like many of us, it’s quite hard to find the right words to write here to remember John! Uncle John, or Tio Juan - to my brothers, and my sister and me ;-)

    Although we didn’t get the chance to forge a proper adult:adult relationship, prob due to...  more
  • Lot Villemoes
    John and the story about the shark... Lisa is by his side
  • Lot Villemoes
    John and Oona, pure love and sunshine
  • Lot Villemoes
    John and the twinkle...
  • JoAnne O'Brien-Levin
    Ahhh, I have circled this page now for days, knowing it was there, but not quite able to log in, let alone write something... Now at last I shall try. I first met John 30 years or so ago, knew right away he was a special being, so very Irish (like me),...  more
  • JoAnne O'Brien-Levin
  • Lot Villemoes
    It was all about the twinkle. John was so full of love and life that it often trickled out of the corner of his eye. I don't remember when I first met him, but it probably happened at a party, and even if it wasn't meant to be a party I'm sure John...  more
    • Lot Villemoes
      Suzanne Warren Beautifully written Lot. I think you met first John when I brought him and Melinda to a party at your house. Or maybe it was a party at my house? And yes, John could turn any occasion into a party at the drop of a hat! We'll not see the likes of him...  more
    • Lot Villemoes
      Bob Curtiss Lot, I'm struggling to put a timeline to my somewhat disjointed memories of John. What year was it that he lived with you? Was your house in Palo Alto? I remember visiting John and meeting Oona when he lived in a house of friends of his, in Palo Alto.
      • February 28, 2022
    • Lot Villemoes
      Suzanne Warren Bob, I think it was 1995 or 96 that John lived with Lot and Ron in their house in Palo Alto. I figured it out using Oona's age. She was four when John recovered her and I think he lived with them the year before she was found. I could be off, maybe Lot...  more
      • February 28, 2022
    • Lot Villemoes
      Lot Villemoes Suzanne, I think your math and your memory is spot on! So Bob, we probably met in my old backyard in Palo Alto
      • February 28, 2022
    • Lot Villemoes
      Lot Villemoes Oh, and Suzanne, I believe the photo of John and the twinkle was taken at your house in Palo Alto. I seem to remember you hosted a small birthday gathering for Michael, and that John somehow turned it into a celebration of mischief and joy...
      • February 28, 2022
  • Susan Drew
  • Darcy Barnett
  • Bug Deakin
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    • Bug Deakin
      Bug Deakin John'O and i in Chicago at a software conference and then overlooking Kootenay Lake in 1986 - so much so many so few - Love you my dear friend!
      • February 25, 2022
  • Bernadette O'Neill
    As you can see, from a very early age John was ahead of his time and would not be ‘messed with’… our mother is on the left and our formidable godmother on the right in the photo.
  • Bernadette O'Neill
    My big brother. My confidante. My friend. Fiercely protective of all those he loved from challenging one of my teachers for putting me in detention to making sure boyfriends were clear on the expected code of conduct when dating his little sister…… I...  more
  • Bob Curtiss
  • Bob Curtiss
    I first met John in 1983, when we were both working on video games for a company named Roklan, near Chicago. One day while I was visiting the office, I happened to walk past an open doorway to a room in which an interesting gentleman was giving a...  more
    • Bob Curtiss
      Bug Deakin Bob Curtiss - what a bloody luvly story - Crikey mate - dont think i got to meet you - this be the Bug person - i did show up in Chicago at a software convention early on with John'O - then i took him to Peoria Il and told him i needed him to hold up his...  more
      • February 25, 2022
    • Bob Curtiss
      Suzanne Warren Bob, the project's name was Lighthouse! And in so many ways it was emblematic of John's life, attempting always to bring light in through his art.
      • February 27, 2022
    • Bob Curtiss
      Bob Curtiss Suzanne, yes, that was it -- Lighthouse. Thank you.
    • Bob Curtiss
      Bob Curtiss Bug, I don't believe we ever met. I could be mistaken, but I think I would remember someone being introduced with the name 'Bug'.
      • March 12, 2022
  • Maggie Robertson
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    • Maggie Robertson
      Maggie Robertson I knew John when we were at Corsham in the sixties, and we were immediate friends because we were both from North of England! My earliest memory of him was when he was on his bike, cycling furiously, on Beechfield Lane then had to slam his brakes on hard...  more
  • Carly Surratt
    Mark and I were lucky to live next door to John and Lisa for a little while. John was a fast friend as I think he was to most. He had so much life and joy in him, we still can’t believe he’s no longer with us. We still feel Johns spirit with us and...  more
  • Barry Goetz
    John's wonderful and dangerous art:
  • Lot Villemoes
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    Early days, back in Palo Alto...
    • Lisa Marie Kindley
      Bob Curtiss Lisa, it's possible that we met during this time. I remember meeting Oona when she was about the age in the photo, and I'm sure it was in Palo Alto. My memory of that visit is that John and Oona were living in a house they shared with two other adults...  more
      • February 24, 2022
    • Lisa Marie Kindley
      Lisa Marie Kindley The time of your visit would have been just before I met John, then....so I don't think I ever met you, but I remember John telling me his good memories about your friendship!
      • February 24, 2022
    • Lisa Marie Kindley
      Bob Curtiss Lisa, I finally was able to determine that the very last time I visited with John was in April of 1996. On that visit I attended the Computer Game Developers Conference with my friend Bill Hopkins, the Canadian guy who had first introduced me to John in...  more
      • March 28, 2022
    • Lisa Marie Kindley
      Lisa Marie Kindley That is a great memory....I know John always loved starting the music play at parties....whether drums, flutes, didgeridoo, marimbas....
  • Henry  Negrete
  • Henry  Negrete
    I was lucky enough to have John as a teacher for a whole year at Bitney. The class was at the end of the day, so the classes were smaller, and I got a lot of time to talk with him one on one about all sorts of stuff. His enthusiasm for art and creativity...  more
  • Barry Goetz
    This is from November, 2018 the last time I was with John. How time moves on for us all. You always inspired me and still do. I am so glad for the time we spent together and the opening of many worlds.
  • Barry Goetz
    This was taken when Oona was about a year old, in Occidental as I recall. It was a happy time for all in that beautiful place
  • Rianna Bowen
  • Bug Deakin
    This was truly the moment i saw the Americanization of John O! and I shall never forget taking him to his first baseball game and having to reverse his view of the game from a cricket standpoint - awww John'O - thank you for all the tears of laughter i...  more
  • Scott Vincent Young
    Lisa, I was really saddened to hear today of John's death. Such a crazy, funny person. I just loved him. He just didn't seem like a guy who was going to die any time soon, and it's very hard for me to process a world without him.

    I hope you are doing...  more
  • Scott Vincent Young
  • Josie Levine
    Dear John,
    I never got to say goodbye.

    To the one who met me at the airport when I moved here, gave me a place to stay, insisted I first drove - on the wrong side!
    40 years of abiding love, friendship, partying, drumming, conversations about life and...  more
  • Tim Quarrelle
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    A flashback and an insight into John's artistic vision
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    John O'Neill is one of the first artists working with computer games. In 1983 he designed Lifespan, a game for Atari 8-bit which takes the player through scenes representative of human life from childhood to death. The Dolphin's Rune or The Dolphin's Pear...
  • Suzanne Warren
    This is one of my favorites.
  • Lisa Marie Kindley
    John was always so supportive of my painting...we travelled to so many art fairs together...this photo was in my tent, at a show somewhere in California. He was my biggest fan...and my harshest critic! His influence helped me grow so much artistically....  more
  • Suzanne Warren
    My dear old friend, how I miss you so! So many memories. When John and Lisa were packing to move from Nevada City, he came across this old photo and gave it to me. It’s so precious to me now.
  • Bug Deakin
    Making Dinner with John'O was always art and mayhem - so many mad moments i cherish with this delightful old friend of mine!