Honoring The Life And Career Of Richard J. O'Neill

Resolution Number BRG09.01

Honoring The Life And Career Of Richard J. O’Neill

WHEREAS, Richard (Dick) O’Neill was a prominent Orange County landowner and Democratic Party activist who contributed to many Democratic candidates and organized many fundraisers for Democrats and philanthropic causes, including South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in Santa Ana and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; and

WHEREAS, Mr. O’Neill worked diligently at the grassroots level, registering voters and walking precincts to get out the vote, and in 1964 became a member of the California Democratic Party’s (CDP) Orange County Central Committee and in 1974 was elected Southern Chairman of the CDP and subsequently served as State Party Chairman from 1979 to 1981, and also served as a delegate to several Democratic National Conventions; and

WHEREAS, on April 4, 2009, Richard O’Neill passed away at the age of 85;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party honor Richard O’Neill for his dedication and service to his country, his state and to the Democratic Party.

Submitted by Senator John Burton (Ret.), Chairman of the California Democratic Party

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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