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NEAL, John Arthur

October 3, 1923 – Verdun QC
August 21, 2013 – Calgary, AB

John beloved husband of Jane Helen Neal (nee Childs) of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the age of 89 years.

John Arthur Neal was born in Verdun, Quebec on October 3, 1923. John served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945. During this time, he flew as a bomb aimer with the #419 “Moose” Squadron operations over Europe. Shot down over France on his thirteenth trip, John evaded capture for five months before returning to England then home.

After the war, John completed a degree at McGill University. He spent his career in the chemical industry both in sales, product research and development, until his retirement in 1988. It was then that he found his true love – writing. He has penned a number of books, such as The Lucky Pigeon, Rusty’s Mountain, the Scheidhauer Experience, Bless You, Brother Irvin and a series of humorous “Flight Plan” travel stories. John also dabbled in poetry.
John is survived by his wife Jane; son Robert; sisters Dorothy (Dot) and Shirley.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 285, 9202 Horton Rd. S.W. Calgary, AB. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of John Neal, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Donald Waldroff :

    Jane:
    On behalf of McDougall Friendship Club, please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss of John.
    Although you have not been able to attend our meetings for some time, you and John were always on our mind.
    Donald Waldroff
    President

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  2. Shirley Erskine and Vernon Kingdon :

    Big brothers are a treasure. We will miss ours but remember all the happy times we had together. Rest in peace, brother dear.

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  3. John was a great friend to my father as they shared one of the hardest experiences of their young lives. The Greatest Generation was made up of all Allied Forces and many young men wearing different uniforms. He will be missed for his compassion as well as his humor!! Take wing John on this journey and tip back a tall one with Dad!!
    Blessings to you and those you touched!!

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  4. John was my only brother and we had a special bond. He was always there when I needed him. His time during the Air Force was a very worry-some time for all the family we were so happy to see him get off the train and home again in Montreal. He will be missed by all his family and friends.

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  5. Vanessa and Gordon Freshour :

    We are so sorry for your loss. I’m picturing Uncle Jack having tea with Granny and my Mom, his sister Joyce. Then a different beverage with my Dad, Uncle Pete and Uncle Tommy. He was a very nice man with a great sense of humor. Mom loved him very much.
    Love, Vanessa and Gordon

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  6. Jeanette McClelland Brookes :

    Dear Jane and Family,

    My sincerest sympathy in the passing of your dear John. You have had many wonderful years together. May your Faith sustain you and give you the Serenity and Peace that you deserve.

    Much Caring and Love,
    Jeanette

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  7. Donald and Trudy Lashta :

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of our Uncle Jack. We will always remember his smile, jokes and stories. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
    Love Don and Trudy

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  8. He was truly a great father. I will miss him.

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  9. Dear Jane – we only just heard about John Friday night at Friendship Club. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Susan Baker and Brian Draper

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