MAC­NEIL, Joseph El­wood ‘Josie’

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

It is with bro­ken hearts that we an­nounce the pass­ing of Joseph ‘Josie’ Mac­Neil, age 86, on Sun­day, May 7, 2017 at home where he was most com­fort­able, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily. Joe had the most beau­ti­ful blue eyes that wouldn’t hurt a soul. When­ever out and about ‘Da’ al­ways said, “Take me home!”.

Born in Do­min­ion, De­cem­ber 3, 1930, he was the son of the late Mal­colm N. and Mary (Gil­lis) Mac­Neil.

For many years, Joe worked as a car­pen­ter un­til his re­tire­ment. He was a mem­ber of the Car­pen­ters Union Lo­cal 1588 for over 50 years. Any­one who knew Joe knew his love for all liv­ing crea­tures, his love of a sim­ple walk in his woods and his love of books. He also took great pride in his many veg­etable gar­dens. Joe cel­e­brated his 60th Wed­ding An­niver­sary with his first and only love, Lena in Novem­ber 2016.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Lena; daugh­ters, Anne Mac­Don­ald (Paul, Chris, Ryan, Evan), Mary/Ed­die Kelly (Shalese, Shauntel), Brenda/ Greg MacK­in­non (Jes­sica, Cory), all of Do­min­ion, Lisa/ Tom Whit­ing (Shane, Trevor, Kyle, Kather­ine ‘Papa’s Lit­tle Saint’), Glace Bay and Dianne (Jor­dan, Tyler, Jonathon); sons, Steve/Uli (Eric, Melissa, Me­gan, Mar­shall, Michelle, Anika), Moose Jaw, Bernie/Florence (Re­becca), Syd­ney and Mickey (Dar­lene), Bed­ford. Spe­cial men­tion to son-in-law, Greg MacK­in­non, who through­out the years was most like a son to Joe.

Also sur­viv­ing are five great grand­chil­dren; brother, Mal­cie, New Water­ford; sis­ter, Eileen (Frank) Mur­phy, Hal­i­fax; sis­ters-in-law, Kaye, Syd­ney, Liz, Kingston, On­tario, and many nieces and neph­ews.

Joe was pre­de­ceased by his son-in-law, Paul Mac­Don­ald; sis­ter, Mary Mars, and broth­ers, Charles, Alex, Nor­man, John V., Fran­cis and Adrian.

Cre­ma­tion has taken place un­der the direc­tion of V.J. McGillivray Fu­neral Home, 16 Reserve Street, Glace Bay. There will be no visi­ta­tion at his re­quest. A Fu­neral Mass will be held at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Church, Bridge­port on Wed­nes­day at 11 a.m. with Fr. Dan Boudreau of­fi­ci­at­ing fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion in the church hall. In­ter­ment in the par­ish ceme­tery.

Memo­ri­als may be made to the Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety, Syd­ney.

On­line con­do­lences can be ex­pressed at: www.vjm­

In the words of Josie’s sis­ter, Eileen Mur­phy, “When a loved one dies and you are feel­ing bad, it hurts them up in heaven, and God will be pleased with us if we ac­cept death with a smile.”

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