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James 'Jim' McNeill

James 'Jim' McNeill

Lieu de naissance : SYDNEY, Nouvelle Ecosse, Canada

Lieu de décès : Dartmouth, Nouvelle Ecosse, Canada
Date de décès : 5 septembre 2012

It is with profound sadness and love that we said goodbye to our beloved brother and friend James Edward McNeill ‘Jim’ on Sept. 5, 2012. Jim passed away at home as he wished to do after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
Jim was the only son of the late Eddie and Edie McNeill of Sydney.
He is survived by sisters, Arlene Miller (Tony), Patricia McNeill (Hugh); special cousin-sister, Louise Comeau; nieces, Katie Paul (Richard), Heather Bell-Tackett (Ryan) and their children, Sophia, Mikayla and Marc, as well as many wonderful cousins and special aunts and uncles.
He is also survived by his second family - The Royal Canadian Navy. Jim was a proud member of our military and served as Weapon Engineer Sonar Instructor at the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School Halifax. Upon his diagnosis, the RCN stepped up in a way that can only be described as amazing. From the visits from Ordinary Seamen up the ranks to Admiral, he was constantly cared for by the Navy like one would care for a family member. So we, and Jim, are truly grateful for everything they have done, especially Lieutenant (Navy) Joe Chaput who walked every step of the way with Jim and his family.
Jim loved his career and his accomplishments in it reflect that. He was a proud Cape Bretoner, a fast car enthusiast and was very proud of his Genesis and her "new boots." Jim's hobbies included riding roller coasters (including a trip to Virginia with a group of other enthusiasts), playing paint ball with the Tippinators of which he was a proud member and considering himself a member in good standing of another "military unit" - the Kiss Army since 1974. He recently took up photography and was showing a special talent for it, especially photographing cars - of course.
Jim was a true patriot and was so from a very young age. He was a virtual walking Wikipedia when it came to anything to do with the First and Second World Wars and Canadian involvement in them. Happily he was able to visit Juno and Omaha Beaches, and was especially moved to visit Vimy Ridge. He loved animals and in particular "small brown dogs." Many of his last smiles were for a little one named Frankie who brightened his last days.
A special thank you to Jim's PCW Laura who was amazing as well as to Dr. Sheehan and Capt. Sarah MacDonald and his Cobequid Palliative Care team. Their compassion, knowledge and attentiveness helped Jim to die at home as he wished and he did it with great courage and dignity, a wonderful gift and one for which we will be forever thankful.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at A.L Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. We will gather to say our final farewells to Jim in a Military Service to be held at the Stadacona Base Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.
Donations to V.E.T.S (Veteran's Emergency Transition Services) Canada would be greatly appreciated.
To view or place and online message of condolence please visit www.mattatallfuneralhome.com


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