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.Print This Obituary & Condolences