MCNEIL, Gre­gory Herbert ‘Her­bie’

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Glace Bay

It is with heart­felt sad­ness, that we, Her­bie’s fam­ily, an­nounce his pass­ing. Her­bie, age 67, passed away peace­fully, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily at the Glace Bay Hos­pi­tal, Mon­day, July 20, 2015.

Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Herbert and Mon­ica (Burke) MacNeil.

Her­bie fought a long and hard bat­tle with both de­men­tia and Parkin­son’s dis­ease. He spent the last three years in nurs­ing care, the most re­cent be­ing Vic­to­ria Haven in Glace Bay.

Her­bie, an avid bowler, worked and op­er­ated Knox Bowl­ing Lanes for over 35 years with his co-worker Bernie. He en­joyed spend­ing time with his grand­chil­dren, gar­den­ing, shop­ping and par­ty­ing in his garage with his fam­ily and friends. He also en­joyed his two weekly break­fasts with his friends Rob­bie and Don­nie at Mike’s Lunch.

Her­bie will be sadly missed by his lov­ing wife of 43 years Shirley (nee Grant) McNeil; sons, Greg ( Jill), Cold Lake, Alta., and Bradley, Glace Bay; his beau­ti­ful grand­chil­dren, Brianna (Naish), Amy, Ni­cholas; great-grand­daugh­ter Pey­ton; broth­ers, Robert (Betty), Ge­orges River, Ray­mond(Mary), Sud­bury, Ont.; sis­ters, Nora McNeil, Janet (Robert King), Ce­cilia Kennedy and brother-in-law Alex MacIn­tyre, all of Glace Bay. Her­bie will also be sadly missed by his mother-in-law Jean Grant; broth­ers-in-law, Bobby (Donna), Don­nie (Colleen), Todd (Tina) and Gordie; sis­ters-in-law, Debi Billard and Louann (Wally Buck­ler); nu­mer­ous nieces, neph­ews and good friends Al and Cather­ine MacDougall.

Be­sides his par­ents, Her­bie was also pre­de­ceased by his in­fant son David, brother Billy, sis- ter Kath­leen Mac­Don­ald, fa­therin-law Robert Grant and brother-in-law Sandy Billard.

In keep­ing with his wishes, cre­ma­tion has taken place un­der the care and di­rec­tion of V.J. McGil­livray Fu­neral Home, 16 Re­serve St., Glace Bay. A gath­er­ing of fam­ily and friends, in a cel­e­bra­tion of Her­bie’s life, will be held 2 p.m., Satur­day, July 25, 2015, at the Hub Club, East Av­enue, Glace Bay.

As an ex­pres­sion of sym­pa­thy, me­mo­rial do­na­tions in his mem­ory may be made to the Alzheimer So­ci­ety, Parkin­son So­ci­ety, or a char­ity of one’s choice.

Online con­do­lences may be ex­pressed to the McNeil fam­ily at www.vjm­cgillivray.ca.

“You will live in our hearts for­ever”

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