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MACNEIL – John Edward

July 12, 1960 – September 9, 2011

John “Johnny” MacNeil passed away tragically in Calgary on Friday, September 9, 2011 at the age of 51.

Johnny was born in Werl, Germany and grew up in New Brunswick and moved West, but he always kept a part of his heart in NB. Johnny enjoyed bikes, karate, swords, playing chess and darts.

Johnny is survived by his mother Catherine (Kay) MacNeil (nee Donovan) and her partner Art Tompkins, sons J.J. MacNeil, Addison and Zane; granddaughter Danica; sisters Cathy Swift (Kerry) and their children Adam (and son Harley) and Dean of Calgary, Darlene Gorman (Mike) and their children Josh, Paris and Ajsha of Kelowna, Krista Hobday (Larry) and their children Darien and Drew of Victoria; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in the Maritimes and across the country, and many dear friends in Calgary. Johnny was predeceased by his father John (Jack) MacNeil in 1984.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 15 Colonel Baker Place N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 4Z3 Telephone: (403) 261-7219.

In living memory of John MacNeil, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Sister Agnes Burrows for Aunt Tina's family :

    We, the family of Tina Burrows, an aunt of our cousin Jack (Johnny’s father), send our condolences to all of you. We were shocked to hear of Johnny’s tragic death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God grant you the strength and courage you need at this time. We shall be with you in spirit on Tuesday.
    Blessings on all of you.
    Sisters Martha Eileen and Agnes, Tina, Murray, Kay, Carol, Cheryl and Martha

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  2. Sister Agnes Burrows for Aunt Tina's family :

    Please give our condolences to Johnny’s siblings. Our brothers Murray and Bert were in the services and knew well Johnny’s father Jackie. May you have happy memories to share of your brother Johnny. Blessings of peace and courage.
    Sister Agnes for Aunt Tina’s family.

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  3. Kay Burrows Mauti :

    Kay and Family:

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the tragic death of your son; you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

    I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting your children but remember well you and Jackie during our many visits to our Aunt Fannie’s house in the Hub.

    Kay Burrows Mauti

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  4. Lisa Gallant-Martell :

    To Aunt Kay and His Children and Cathy , Krista and Darlene ; my heart is deeply saddened to hear the passing of my wonderful Cousin Johnny , he and I had some nice chats over the years . May he sore with the Angels to Heaven .
    Love you all ,
    Lisa and Rob

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  5. Dear Krista,

    My heart goes out to you and your family at this sad time in your life of the loss of your brother/son/uncle.

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  6. R. Michael Vincent :

    Sorry to hear of this tragic accident. John was my next door neighbor in Oromocto. He was a good friend and he and my brother were very close throughout high school. I know he will be missed by his three wonderful sisters as well as his Mom. Gone too soon.

    Mike Vincent

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  7. Sending my condolences to John’s family. He was a friend back in the years in Oromocto. A good man who always had a smile. RIP John.

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  8. Rita (Legnaro) Piraine :

    The MacNeil & Donovan Family:
    My sincere condolences on the passing of your dear family member. I was a neighbour -next door- of Johnnie’s mom Kay, and Kay was my bridesmaid at my wedding. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. May John rest in God’s light.
    Rita (Legnaro) Piraine.

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  9. Robert Slaunwhite :

    My condolences to the family, I knew John way back in the 70s, one of the oromocto boys…..he was a cool guy, very sorry for your loss, Bob Slaunwhite.

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  10. So sorry for your loss. i used to go to school and hang around with John in our oromocto days. Such a tragedy. again, so sorry…rest in peace John…

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  11. Dear Krista and family; Please accept condolences from me and my family to you and yours. I send a hug to you, your mom, and your sisters. We will say a prayer for you.

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  12. Cathy, Kerry, Adam and Dean Swift :

    Johnny we love you and will miss you so much. Thank you for being the one and only you. Love you lots and good bye.

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  13. Mike and Darlene Kilbride :

    You will be missed John. Such a shock and tragedy, please accept our condolences.

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  14. Accept my Condolences to your family at such a difficult time. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers with all of his family and friends.

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  15. Randy Yorke (Oromocto, NB) :

    I use to hang with John in Oromocto many years ago. Lots of good times! Haven’t seen him in a long time, but had thought of him many times over the years. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this very sad time.

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  16. Dear Kay
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the tragic death of your son. I will always remember John as a great guy, he always had a smile on his face. He was one of the old oromocto boys.

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  17. It’s hard to believe such a sudden and tragic loss. Johnny was such a “cool” cousin. He introduced me to the genius of Dr. Hook, and I’m sure drove Krista, Darlene, and Kathy crazy as he played “Pleasure and Pain” over and over and over again. I hope the love and support of family and friends will give you strength and courage. He was a great guy.

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  18. Ray MacDonald (& Barb) :

    I grew up with Johnny, we had some fun hockey years, and our lives have crossed many times since leaving NB. I have always known him to be kind and caring almost to a fault. You will never be forgotten and you will always be missed. RIP Johnny.
    Condolences to the family.

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  19. Sandra Davidson Keddy(Anne Davidson &family) :

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the tragic death of Johnny. You all are in our prayers and thoughts at this time.

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  20. My deepest condolences to Mr. MacNeils entire family. I never had the chance to meet him myself. I’m sure he was a kind man. I was at the scene at the time and although I didn’t meet him, his name will and picture will remain with me forever. I’m sooo sorry I could not help.

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  21. Pam Wilson-Ronbeck :

    Mrs. MacNeil (Kay), Cathy, Darlene and Krista,

    What a shock! What can one say. Sorry seems mundane. I have lots of great memories of Johnny when we all lived in Oromocto and would like to say that I know he truly was a great and loving son and brother. I know he felt very protective of you all, even to his last. I hope that this poem will bring you some ease from your grief.

    NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

    I give you this one thought to keep —
    I am with you still — I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift, uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not think of me as gone —
    I am with you still — in each new dawn

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  22. Clay & Louise Hodder :

    Dear Cathy, Kerry & family,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this very sad time!

    Clay & Louise

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  23. I went to high school with John. We took automotive class. My sincere condolences to John’s family. A sad day.

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  24. Dear Kay
    Please accept my deepest condolences. I heard about John through Mom on my way back from the states. I still remembered getting together with John in Calgary and his laughs, saying how crazy I was to drive to all the way to Calgary, just to shop… saying “Ron, you have West Edmonton Mall”.

    To Kay, Darlene, Krista and Cathy, my thoughts and prayers are to you. He is in good hands with his dad now.

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  25. Thoughts and Prayers going out for our nephew John MacNeil, also for my Sister Kay, Art, Darlene, Cathy and Krista and all of His Friends.

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  26. Dave and Louella Woods :

    To Kay and Art and family.
    Our deepest condolences on the death of your son, John. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go through this difficult time..

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  27. Maureen O'Reilly :

    My deepest sympathy on your loss. My son Andrew worked with John for five years at PM Signs. John taught Andrew karate a few years ago.
    He always liked John .

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  28. Jamie and Mary Bennett :

    We have known John for many years. Jamie used to work with him at Sign Solutions and PM Signs. Even after working with him he remained good friends with John. Mary has only met him a few times and can always remember his smiling face! Please accept our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are all with you at this tragic time. God Bless you all and RIP John.

    Jamie, Mary and Bennett family

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  29. Sorry to hear, he was a good friend. Just found out today sorry I missed the funeral, would of liked to of been there. Remember you always John, from Dave and Virginia Vincent.

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  30. Deeanna Amiro-Fleming :

    My sincere condolences. John was like the “Fonz” back in the day .. Gr 12, Oromocto High, we all hung out, John, Vaughn, Janet, Greg, Joe, Sandra, Shelley, Vicki, myself (sorry if I forgot some)and we partied, bowled, went to the movies etc etc,, but John was the guy All the girls had a crush on! We had our chats on FB 🙂 He will be missed, RIP John.

    Deeanna

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  31. Matt Billard jr :

    Thinking of you guys back in Oromocto our deepest and sincerest condolences. Billard Boys

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  32. Charles D Rutledge :

    To the Macneil family. Please accept my deepest sympathies. John was a great friend back in Oromocto and again in Calgary, I will always remember his big smile. Rest in Peace “John Boy”.

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  33. Kathy (Adams) Mersereau :

    Dear Cathy, Darlene, Krista and Families – I was very shocked and so very sad to read about Johnny in the Gleaner. I phoned your Mom right away to let her know that my heart goes out to all of you. We talked about old times when the 3 families all got together, the MacNeils, the Billards and the Mulligans – and of course I was often present being Linda’s sister. I would have recognized Johnny’s picture because he looks just like your handsome father Jack. May the many memories you have of Johnny help ease the pain I know you all are feeling. I still ache from the loss of Linda. In deepest sympathy and friendship – Kathy and husband Terry

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