McNEIL, Joseph Ju­lian ‘Joe’ ‘Hush’

New Water­ford

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

It is with deep sor­row that we, the fam­ily, an­nounce the pass­ing of Joe McNeil, 67, on Mon­day, May 22, 2017 at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, Syd­ney.

Born in New Water­ford, he was a son of the late Neil and Meross (Van­der­brook) McNeil.

Joe was a mem­ber of the former Mount Carmel Church, cur­rently the Par­ish Church of St. Leonard. He was a pip­efit­ter by trade but a coal miner at heart. He started his em­ploy­ment as a se­cu­rity guard for the K.C. Irving Com­pany in St. John, NB. He later worked as a pip­efit­ter for var­i­ous in­dus­tries, fin­ish­ing at the Syd­ney Steel Plant. Joe then went on to work at Lin­gan and Phalen Mines for ap­prox­i­mately 35 years un­til his re­tire­ment in 1999. He truly cher­ished those years and was proud to call him­self a miner. Joe was an avid bingo player and Bos­ton Bru­ins fan. Most im­por­tantly, though, he loved spend­ing time with fam­ily, es­pe­cially his grand­chil­dren. Papa Joe, as the grand­kids and soon, most other kids, re­ferred to him, never missed a sport­ing event or dance recital. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Sur­viv­ing are his lov­ing wife, Sheila (McDon­ald); chil­dren, Cather­ine Smith (Der­rick), Wade McNeil (Ash­ley) and Anita (Jeremy) For­rest, all of New Water­ford; broth­ers, Ray­mond (Kay), Melvin (Eva) and Peter (Mar-Lynn), all of New Water­ford; sis­ters, Diane McNeil, Ban (John) Doyle, both of New Water­ford and Rea McNeil, Bos­ton, Mass; six grand­chil­dren, R.J. Smith, An­drew Smith (Brit­tany Fitzgerald), Emma and Ella McNeil, Han­nah and Katie-Jo For­rest; sis­ters-in­law, Donna McArthur, Rhona Burke and Mary Schrage; broth­ers-in-law, Dan McDon­ald, Bryan McDon­ald and Earl McDon­ald, and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Be­sides his par­ents, Joe was pre­de­ceased by broth­ers, Mal­colm, Ed­die and Myles.

Cre­ma­tion has taken place. Visi­ta­tion will be held on Thurs­day, May 25, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. in V.J. McGil­livray Fu­neral Home, 380 Smith St., New Water­ford. A Fu­neral Mass of cel­e­bra­tion will take place Fri­day, May 26 at 10 a.m. in the Par­ish Church of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Av­enue, New Water­ford. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in his mem­ory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of Nova Sco­tia.

On­line ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy may be sent to the fam­ily at: www.vjm­

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