George Hubert (G.H.) MacNeil, LL.B Q.C
“A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone” Paul Valery.
It is with profound sadness the family of George Hubert (G. H.) MacNeill, LL.B., Q.C., of Amherst announce his peaceful passing on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre with his loving family by his side.
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, G. H. was a son of the late George and Gladys (Gibbon) MacNeill.
G. H. will be greatly missed by his daughters, Leslie MacNeill (Jorge Mendieta), of Toronto, Ontario, and Heather MacNeill (John Morrison), of Field, British Columbia, and their mother, Shirley; grandson, Angus MacNeill-Morrison; sister, Anne MacNeill-Hernandez, of Bogota, Columbia; brothers, Ross (Pat) MacNeill, of Moncton, New Brunswick, and Andrew (Shirley) MacNeill, of Ottawa, Ontario; and, nieces and nephews and their children. G. H. was predeceased by his daughter, Carolyn, and his sister, Janet.
A graduate of Mt. Allison and Dalhousie Universities, G. H. was a distinguished member of the Queen’s Council. His outstanding, enduring career of 55 years gave him the satisfaction of serving many in the community, Cumberland County, and until recent years, New Brunswick. G. H. enjoyed his law office and respected his clients who benefited from his integrity and wisdom. He cared for and valued his administrative staff throughout his career.
Along with his business partner, Peter Vriend, he founded Amherst Central Charge and the Credit Bureau of Cumberland Limited. G. H. and Peter facilitated the Canadian Tire store expansion in the Princess Street location maintaining the business in the downtown core.
Active in politics, G. H. was a strong supporter of the Conservative Party.
An adventurer with a keen interest in the natural environment and it’s inhabitants, he loved trips taken around Canada and Nova Scotia and was proud of his home province and it’s people. He enjoyed many trips to the Rocky Mountains to visit Heather. An enthusiastic hiker, skier and cyclist, he took great pleasure in the spectacular mountain views and pristine blue skies and lakes. On trips to Toronto to visit Leslie he enjoyed the musical theatre and the diverse multicultural aspect of the city. These trips were filled with laughter and spirited conversation. Until quite recently, you could see G. H. cycling up D’Orsay Road on his way home from his office.
G. H. appreciated the medical expertise he received throughout his recent illness. Thank you to Dr. Sander Van Zanten; Dr. Darrell White; Dr. Roger McKelvey; physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments and nursing staff at both All Saints Hospital and the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre; and, speech pathologist, Lillian Majaess-Barnes, and her staff. Thanks to Dr. Kris Bienkowski and Tracy for many years of care.
Heather shared G. H.’s home with him these last few months. Tenderly and with unconditional love, Heather cared for him with the help of his good friend and assistant, Lesley Lockhart. His daughter, Leslie, supported from afar with beautiful cards, letters and frequent phone calls. Sherry Smith, palliative care nurse at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, gently guided G. H. and his family through his final journey. No words adequately describe the comfort Sherry’s presence provided.
Mr. MacNeill’s family will receive visitors on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 p.m. all at First Baptist Church, Amherst.
Rev. Byron Corkum will officiate.
Memorial donations in Mr. MacNeill’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church, Amherst or the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Arrangements are entrusted to Campbell’s Funeral Home, Amherst (902-667-9906)
G. H. was a true original. He will be missed.
Online condolences and sharing of memories may be made to the family via: www.campbellsamherst.ca