Remembering Shane O’Neill

Life is full of obstacles, but they never stopped Shane O’Neill from forging his own path. Smart, passionate and spirited, Shane persevered in all areas of his life. Nothing could hold him back.

Shane grew up in Windsor, N.Y. When he was 12 years old, a tragic swimming accident left him paralyzed. Although he lost the use of his legs and most of his upper body, Shane never lost his positive attitude.

Determined to be as independent as possible, Shane found ways to make things work and achieve his goals. He graduated from Windsor High School in 2004 and enrolled in Binghamton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In September of 2012, Shane joined the Pride/Quantum Family as a design engineer in Quantum R&D.

During his time at Pride, Shane brought a unique perspective to the table. He used Quantum products and was an engineer, so he understood what our consumers needed and how to bring it to life. Shane was an outstanding asset to the R&D team and the company.

Always looking for ways to help others, Shane was a genuinely nice guy, full of humor and happiness. He loved to watch motorcross races, play cards or catch a Notre Dame football game.

Shane passed away on April 13, 2016, after a brief illness. His legacy lives on, however, in the products he designed to help those with disabilities live their best lives. He will be missed.

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