With sadness, we the family of Glenmore J. Neal, regret to announce his passing on Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born April 10, 1921, in Sydney, he was the son of the late Joseph and Olive (Grantmyre) Neal.
Raised in Point Edward, Glenmore was known to all by “Newdy”, which stuck with him throughout his life. His career started as a young man driving bus for Mike Sullivan. During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces and was posted to various military bases in Canada. After the Second World War, he continued to be employed with the military, working at Point Edward Naval Base as duty driver and then, was employed with the Cape Breton Development Corporation at Point Edward Industrial Park as a heavy equipment operator, until his retirement in 1986. Glenmore was active throughout his life with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12, Sydney, where he participated in the annual poppy campaign and was actively involved in the legion bowling team. For many years, he was a boy scout leader at St. Andrew`s United Church, Sydney and Boy Scouts Canada. He also participated for many years in the Fellowship Bowling League. Glenmore was a talented musician, playing various string instruments at many kitchen parties with friends, John MacDougall, Skipper LeDrew, Lloyd Bauer and Winston Young, along with others who would drop in from time to time.
Glenmore is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen (MacDonald); daughter, Hilma (Bill) Besso, Sydney; sons, Glen (Eleanor) and Trevor (Julie), Sydney; grandchildren, Cathy (Dwayne), Warren, Kimberly (Adam) Kendall, Timothy (Susan Gallant) and Jeni (Tristan White); great-grandchildren, Jenna (Audrey Digeo), Jacob, McKenna and Georgia. Also surviving are his brother, James Hill and sister, Muriel Deveaux.
He was predeceased by brothers, James “Jim” Neal, Calvin “Buck” Neal, Eddie Morrison, Buster Morrison and Harry Hill; sister, Oretha Hill; great-grandson, Matthew.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to his caregiver, Ann Gill, members of the MacDonald family, Dr. Greg Myatt and staff of the An Cala Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, May 31 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at United Heritage Church on Thursday 11 a.m., with Rev. Stephen Mills officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the An Cala Palliative Care Unit or United Heritage Church.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www. sydneymemorialchapel.ca.