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NEIL ROBINSON MCCAUGHEY (published on January 23, 2010)



DR. NEIL ROBINSON MCCAUGHEY 1916 - 2010 Peacefully, on January 15, 2010, Neil passed away at Golden West Centennial Lodge. Neil was predeceased by his loving wife, Joan and daughter-in-law Theresa, brothers Jack and Roydon and sister-in-law Mary. Left to mourn his passing are his two sons, Grant (Michele) and Ian, his grandchildren Keith, Andrew, Colleen, Sean (Danette) and Erin, and great-grandchildren Keegan and Gavin. He is also survived by his sisters Nora and Willis, sisters-in-law Pam Smith ( Roy) and Ida McCaughey, nephew Bill McCaughey and niece Barbara McMullen (Clare). Neil was born on November 25, 1916 to William and Marie McCaughey in Winnipeg and lived his early life on Walnut Street. He attended Gordon Bell High school, Westminster United Church and United College. As a young man he enjoyed many sports, especially basketball and tennis, and coached the University of Manitoba women's basketball team in 1939. Neil joined the RCAF to fight for his country in the Second World War and served overseas in Britain, servicing and repairing radar installations all across England. At the end of the war, he returned to Canada, but not alone. He had met a British girl, Joan Martin, and married her in 1945 and they enjoyed 60 wonderful years together. They especially looked forward to their annual trips to Hawaii and visits back to England to be with Joan's family. Upon returning to Canada, Neil had an opportunity to continue his education and chose Optometry. He and Joan moved to Toronto to complete Neil's university education and he received his Doctor of Optometry in 1949. Neil and Joan returned to Winnipeg, where Neil began his career and established his own practice, Winnipeg Optical Ltd. Neil served his many patients faithfully for 43 years. Neil also practiced in Treherne and Selkirk. Neil was active in the Manitoba Optometric Society and served in Executive positions. He was a member of the Winnipeg Rotary Club for many years and always opened his home to host the out of province students attending the Model United Nations. Neil and Joan supported the Manitoba Theatre Centre and enjoyed attending with their theatre group' friends. Neil practiced his profession into his 1970s and then enjoyed a pleasant retirement travelling with Joan and playing golf at Breezy Bend Country Club. He was a founding member of the club in 1960 and played until 2007. He was also a long time member of the Deer Lodge Curling Club. Up until his stroke, Neil regularly attended the Reh-Fit centre where he was able to keep himself in excellent shape and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow members. A private family memorial service was held January 22, 2010. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Golden West for their gentle care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Neil's name to the Golden West Centennial Lodge Memorial Fund, 811 School Rd., Winnipeg, R3C 4G2. Thomson In the ParK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


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