Gerald 'Dressup' MacNeil
Born In: New Waterford
Passed on: February 8th, 2013
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Gerald 'Dressup' MacNeil, 70, of New Waterford on Feb. 8, 2013, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in New Waterford, he was a son of the late Stephen and Ann Marie (Aucoin) MacNeil.
Jerry was a member of the former Mount Carmel Church, currently the Parish Church of St. Leonard.
In earlier years, he was employed at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. He then returned home and worked in the coal mines for 35 years until his retirement in 1995.
Jerry enjoyed watching hockey and baseball and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was also an avid dart and guitar player and was known for always having a smile on his face and helping those in need.
Surviving are his companion, Patricia Gatto, New Waterford; sons, Roddie (Tina) MacNeil, New Waterford, John Gerald 'Jed' (Kerri) MacNeil, Hammonds Plains; brother, Roderick (Marion) MacNeil, Lwr. Sackville; grandchildren, Riley, Joshua, Haley, Travis, Tanner, all of New Waterford, and Olivia, Hammonds Plains; several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine (Corbett), one brother in infancy, Stephen MacNeil.
Visitation will be held Thursday, February 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. A funeral mass of celebration will take place Friday, at 10 a.m. in the Parish Church of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Avenue, with Fr. Ray Huntley officiating. Cremation will follow with burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery at a later date. A luncheon will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Plummer Avenue, immediately following the funeral mass.
Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the nurses on 2nd floor of the New Waterford hospital and the palliative care unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.