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JOHN JOSEPH MACNEIL SR. (published on September 07, 2011)



JOHN JOSEPH MACNEIL SR. 1944 - 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our husband, father, and grandfather John MacNeil Sr., at the Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg, MB on September 4, 2011. John will be greatly missed by his wife of 41 years Cora (nee Galeon) and their four children, Fil (Helen), Dan (Alison), John (Rowena) and Brigitte (Jason) and all 11 grandchildren. John was born in Florence, NS to Neil and Mary MacNeil of Sydney Mines, NS on January 7, 1944, the fifth of 10 children and one of a pair with his twin sister Elizabeth. John was predeceased by his parents and younger brother James and is survived by his brothers and sisters Dan (Hope), Peter (Elva), Mary (Harold), Elizabeth, Vaughnie (Jude), Theresa (Don), Sara (John), Audrey (Lawrence) and his many nieces and nephews. John grew up in Sydney Mines and was always surrounded by family and friends, which may have been why he was always so open and welcoming to all. John's generosity was known by many and he could never refuse a person in need. Though he was sometimes generous to a fault, his example to love thy neighbour was impressed upon by all of his children. He received his degree at St. Francis Xavier University and then followed his older brother Dan's footsteps out west to Manitoba to live and teach in Fisher Branch. In the winter of 1969 he met Cora, a nurse at the Fisher Branch Hospital. After a few months of going steady they were engaged and then quickly wed on July 11, 1970. After the kids were born, John and Cora moved to Winnipeg with John teaching at Marymound School and Cora working at Stony Mountain Penitentiary as a nurse. In 1981, John bought and ran a small business until 1993 when Huntington's Disease forced a change. Diminishing physical and mental abilities began to limit John's favourite activities which included attending sporting events, watching the boys play football, seeing Brigitte dance and spending time with Mr. Handsome-his grandson Bailey. Trips back home to Nova Scotia were invigorating and fondly remembered with family there, making him feel like he never left. After the disease progressed, John was lucky to have a dedicated network of care givers especially Mary, Moses and Lee who spent years providing a wonderful level of care and are grateful to all home care workers and nurses who have touched our lives. The family would like to extend a special thank you to those who came from the Philippines to provide 24 hour care-Loreto, Lolita, Joanne and Ian-for your love and care that helped keep our Dad in peace and comfort and gave the family the support that we needed to make it through the last few years. Uncle Noeme, Auntie Nene Denque and Uncle Dan and Aunt Hope MacNeil-you have always looked out for our Dad and our family and we will always love and remember you for that. To the staff at Holy Family Nursing Home, Seven Oaks Hospital and the Deer Lodge Centre, we are thankful for your expertise, patience and understanding. Lamay/Viewing will be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. A celebration of his life will be held at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 264 Donwood Drive on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., with Father Joseph Lourdusamy. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Huntington's Society would be greatly appreciated. We will always love you. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111 www.gleneden-mb.ca


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