In Memory

                  In memory of our Partner, Monty O'Neal               

Moncure Camper O’Neal (Monty)
Born, May 5, 1947 - Died, March 8, 2014

Moncure Camper O’Neal (Monty) died suddenly on March 8, 2014 while jogging in San Diego, California.  He was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and had a long and distinguished career in banking and finance.   

Since 2007, Monty was Managing Partner in the Mobile, Alabama based investment banking firm of Browning, Mecke and O’Neal, LLC.


He gave generously of his time and talent to his community, the Catholic Church and animal welfare organizations.  He was a loyal fan of both the Boston Red Sox and Auburn Tigers.  He enjoyed golf, fishing, travel and was a California Master Gardner.

He is survived by his wife Anne M. Kennedy O’Neal, two brothers (Bert and John), his sister (Louise) and a large and loving group of nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

A Memorial Mass was held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM St. Margaret’s of Scotland Catholic Church in Foley, Alabama.  In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to:  The Haven (an animal Rescue organization), 559 South Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532.

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Eulogy for Monty O'Neal
  

Delivered by BM&O Partner, Donny Mecke at the Memorial Service on May 16 at St, Margaret's of Scotland Catholic Church Foley, Alabama. 

“I have no doubt Monty is in Heaven, and I guarantee you he has already asked God 1,000 questions.

I met Monty when I joined SCORE in 2006 to volunteer my time as a small business counselor.  For those who may not know, SCORE stands for Senior Corp of Retired Executives.  I was in awe of the caliber of men and women who were SCORE counselors giving their time and talents to help local small businesses.  In this group of great men and women, Monty immediately stood out to me, and I was fortunate enough to soon become his friend.   A few years later, we started our business with our third partner Denise Browning.

What Monty did at SCORE epitomizes the Monty O’Neal that I knew.  What excited him the most was seeing others be successful and helping others be all they could be.  Time and time again, I have seen him take on our clients’ problems and work to solve them as hard as he would have worked to solve his own.  His primary motivation wasn’t money or recognition.  He worked because he cared about the people and wanted to help them… And Monty helped a lot of people.

Monty was like a dictionary, and I learned many new words from him.  I would act like I knew what he was talking about and go home and look it up.  One such phrase stands out to me because I think it describes him very well…  It is the term “self effacing”. The Webster’s dictionary definition is:  “not claiming attention for oneself; retiring and modest. "Gracious, and polite"   That was Monty.

Monty was a positive and optimistic force.  He always had a smile on his face. He was happy and enjoyed life.

Monty’s zest for learning was like that of a child.  He was a sponge for information related to current trends, technology, the economy, and all the things in the world that were changing.  Monty was fascinated with learning and watching the world evolve around him.

Monty saw the good in others and was an excellent judge of character.  He never talked bad about anybody.

He would always give one the benefit of the doubt.

Monty was a giving person.

Monty never lost his temper.  In 7 years in business together, he never used harsh words towards me, or anyone else in my presence.   That does not mean he was a push over.   He was strong about his convictions, and he would stand firm and hold his ground… But he was always easy on people.

Monty was the best listener I have ever known.   He really cared about what you were saying and he would give you his utmost attention.  He had a way of making you feel important and special.

Monty was a staunch defender of fairness and doing the right thing.

He was dependable.  If you ever needed help, you could count on Monty to be there in the fox hole with you.  No complaints either.

Monty’s faith was strong and I always knew it was there.   It was on display every day in how he lived his life.

I am happy for Monty, because I know he is in a better place.  I am sad for all of us, because we don’t have him with us in our daily lives anymore.  The consolation for me is Monty still lives strong in my heart.  I hear him and talk to him daily, and that is a good thing! “