Stephen Archibald MacNeil

18 January , 194310 November , 2018
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Stephen Archibald MacNeil East Bay Stephen MacNeil, age 75 beloved husband of Betty (Gillis), passed away peacefully at home on November 10, 2018 after a long illness. Born and raised in Christmas Island, Steve was the son of the late DJ and Rachel MacNeil. Steve attended St F.X. University where he obtained his BA and BEd. He taught high school in Guysborough High and Riverview Rural High. In 1974 he became a Guidance Counsellor at Malcolm Munroe Jr. High and later MacLennan Jr. High retiring in 1996. Steve enjoyed many hobbies including reading, gardening, skiing, coaching baseball and spending summer days at Pipers Cove. In more recent years he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an active member of St Mary’s Parish in East Bay for many years. Steve leaves behind his wife, Betty, and three sons, Brent (Amy), Cole Harbour; Darren (Julie), Winnipeg; and Blaine (Lucky), Bedford; five grandchildren, Sam, Arabelle, Maelie, Keaton, and Mairead; sisters, Sr. Rachel MacNeil, CSM, Antigonish and Ambrosa (Norman) MacNeil, Brantford, Ontario; sisters-in-law, Pat MacNeil and Donna MacNeil, Brantford, Ontario and brothers-in-law, Maurice Collin, Brantford, Ontario, and Roddie Townsend, North Sydney. He was predeceased by brothers, RD, Conrad and Charles (in infancy); sisters Rose Collin and Blanche Townsend. Many thanks go to the Palliative Care Team including Jill Murphy who provided much comfort to Steve with her Music Therapy, VON, Paramedics, Home Care, Dr. Glenn Gracie, Dr. David King, Dr. Jeanne Ferguson and Fr. Frank Abbass for his attentiveness to his spiritual care. A special thank you goes to his caregiver, Heather Clarke who made it possible for Steve to remain at home throughout his illness. Visitation will take place 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel . A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at St. Mary’s Church, East Bay with Father Frank Abbass officiating. Donations in memory of Steve may be made to Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton, Parkinson’s Canada, St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery Fund or to a charity of choice. Words of comfort may be sent to Steve’s family by visiting


  • Elizabeth 'Betty' (Gillis) MacNeil, Wife
  • Donald J. 'DJ' MacNeil, Father
  • Rachael (MacNeil) MacNeil, Mother
  • Brent (Amy) MacNeil, Son
  • Darren (Julie) MacNeil, Son
  • Blaine (Lucky) MacNeil, Son
  • Sam; Arabelle; Maelie; Keaton; Mairead, Grandchildren
  • Sr. Rachel MacNeil CSM, Sister
  • Ambrosa (Norman) MacNeil, Sister
  • Pat MacNeil, Sister-in-law
  • Donna MacNeil, Sister-in-law
  • Maurice Collin, Brother-in-law
  • Roddie Townsend, Brother-in-law
  • RD MacNeil, Brother
  • Conrad MacNeil, Brother
  • Charles MacNeil (in infancy), Brother
  • Rose Collin, Sister
  • Blanche Townsend, Sister


  • Visitation Wednesday, 14 November , 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, 15 November , 2018

Stephen Archibald MacNeil

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Brian MacDonald

18 November 2018

I was fortunate to work with Steve for several years at Malcolm Munroe Jr. High. His care and concern for the students was always evident, and he could see the positive aspects of any young person. Sorry for your loss.

Libby and Sonny Henderson

15 November 2018

Sorry for your family's loss. Steve and you, Betty had a rough few years. It was good he was able to stay in his home. God bless you and your family.

Vic Hanham

15 November 2018

My condolences to the MacNeil family. I had the pleasure of working with Steve at Malcolm Monroe many years ago. He was a true gentleman and an educator who always put his students first. God bless you all.

Maurice Collin

14 November 2018

Thinking of you all in your time of sorrow. Sending our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. A life well lived has entered a new transition. Peace be to all, deepest regards ,Maurice, Brendan,Darryl Collin and families.

Patricia Garey

14 November 2018

My condolences to Stephen's wife Betty and family. Stephen was in my class
In Iona for grades 10 to 12. I can still see him getting on the bus in Christmas Island. Stephen was a quiet kind person with a quick wit. So sorry to hear about his passing.
My deepest sympathy
Patricia Garey. (macdonald-Ironville)

Kay Kay Mooney

14 November 2018

This sticks out in my mined... back the winter that Betty had the bad break in her leg and was confined to bed for three month... I made some treats and headed for a visit after my lunch and ski morning... Steve was home, of course, he was house bound... as Betty's main caregiver... I was shown to Betty's room ... we sat and talked and talked and talked... Looked at pictures that Betty was working on getting ready for scrapbooking and her family's life story... she had some great old pictures there and I knew almost everyone in them... after close to 3 hours, I announced it was time to head back to Sydney... had a great visit... When I went down to the main level and announced to Steve that I was leaving... He replied... "Well, Kay Kay, did you find enough to talk about". The quick dry Witt... that was Steve... His presence sure will be missed by all who visit this home in the future... But don't forget to visit... Betty will need it...

Susan (MacIntyre) MacEachern

14 November 2018

Betty and Family: My sincere sympathy in the death of your husband Stephen. May he rest in peace.

Bruce Gouthro

14 November 2018

I was so sad reading Steve's obituary this morning. From what I knew of him he was a great guy. My sincere condolences to you and the rest of your family. I enjoyed looking through the photos you included. Beautiful memories. Take care..

Sandy &Isabel Steele

14 November 2018

Betty we extend our sincere sympathy to you as well as all the Mac Neil family for your loss.
Steve was a congenial and kind person.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Paul and Darlene MacInnis

14 November 2018

Betty and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. It was truly inspiring to see the love and devotion provided during his illness and a great witness to our faith. Stephen was a true gentleman, always kind and welcoming. We hope you find comfort knowing he is now embraced by God's love.


Lake Louise 1987


Reading time with Sam


Sugarloaf 1984