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#755041 - 5th Jan 2013 4:57pm Tributes to well-respected Wirral historian
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-respected and admired Wirral historian who died suddenly over the Christmas holiday.

Jim O'Neil passed away on December 22 following a heart attack. The 60-year-old had retired as a college lecturer the day before and was looking forward to semi-retirement.

His son Chris, a London-based freelance cameraman, told the Globe: "He was a very good man, very hard-working and loved by many.

"He cared deeply about the History of the area and I think heíll be remembered as a local treasure.

"He will be remembered for his passion of the wirral peninsular from a historic and environmental point of view, his dedication and hard work and his organ playing at St Andrew's United Reformed Church in Meols."


His funeral will be held on Monday, January 7, at Landican Crematorium at 1pm. Family and friends are welcome.

It will be followed, at 1.45pm by a service celebrating Jimís life at St Andrews United Reformed Church in Greenwood Road, Meols. All are welcome.

No flowers, but donations in memory of Jim will go to Wirral Environmental Network and The Centre for Alternative Technology.

Born in Heswall, Jim lived with wife Carol in Hoylake and, for a time, ran a shop, The Study Centre, in the town. He is survived by wife Carol and son Chris. His sister Susan lives in Greasby.

In a message on local community website Hoylake Junction, wife Carol said: "Thank you for all the messages of support that we have received in recent days, it really does help."

There are 20 files of local History at his home and he wrote a number of books about Hoylake, West Kirby and Greasby.

One of the many projects Jim undertook was restoring the old village pump at the corner of Pump Lane in Greasby.

Over the years, most of the upkeep had been carried out by Jim, who regularly visited the site.

Of all his projects, Pump Lane was particuarly special to Jim and it is here that a plaque will be placed in his memory.

Chris will carry on with some of the maintenance work in Pump Lane. But as he lives and works in London he is inviting anyone who may be interested to help with the ongoing project, either as an individual or part of a local History group.

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#755052 - 5th Jan 2013 5:22pm Re: Tributes to well-respected Wirral historian [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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So sorry to hear the sad News about Jim. He was such a nice man. I've had dealings with him a couple of times and he was always cheery and helpful. My condolences to his family.

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#755053 - 5th Jan 2013 5:28pm Re: Tributes to well-respected Wirral historian [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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So sad to hear this News. I worked with Jim for many years at Cammell Laird in the 70/80's and I know how dedicated he was to local History, at the time the restoration of the pump in Pump Lane was his all encompassing passion, I worked with him on this project in the early days.
Deepest sympathy to all of his family at this tragic time, a fine man taken away far too soon.
RIP Jim.

Ken Morris

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#755143 - 5th Jan 2013 10:55pm Re: Tributes to well-respected Wirral historian [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Very sorry for the family's loss - Jim has left us far too soon. He was a real character - very knowledgeable about local History, always busy on various projects. He still had so much he wanted to do.

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#755155 - 5th Jan 2013 11:39pm Re: Tributes to well-respected Wirral historian [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Saddened to hear of our loss of Jim. Met him a few times-lovely lovely fella. Condolences to his family and friends x
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#755161 - 6th Jan 2013 1:23am Re: Tributes to well-respected Wirral historian [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. What a sadness for all his family and friends.
I am just one of many, whom he helped on his journey through life. His passion and dedication were just two of his special gifts.

My sympathies to his family.
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...and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.FN

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#756273 - 10th Jan 2013 1:48pm Re: Tributes to well-respected Wirral historian [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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I have great memories of Jim and will sadly miss his humour, friendship and jokes. My condolences to Carol and Chris. I know he won't ever be forgotten and will treasure his books.

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