Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON


Neil Martin MacNeil

October 25, 1934December 2, 2019

MACNEIL, Neil Martin of Aurora, Ontario passed away peacefully surrounded by family and prayers on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Southlake Regional Health Centre in his 85th year. Neil was born to John "Chux" MacNeil and Ellen Murrin in Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Neil was married to his Bride, Roberta (Millar) for 56 years who he met at Manufacturers Life in Toronto. Neil was a loving Father of Sandra Holdsworth, Stuart MacNeil and John MacNeil. He had a special place in his heart for his Princess, his granddaughter Alexandra who was great with her grandpa in his final days. He considered his son in law Al Holdsworth a friend. Dearly missed by sisters Catherine Jardine (Don) & Carol Bramwell (Bill Plume) & brothers Hugh & Steve. Predeceased by brother Edgar, Tom & sister Pauline and uncle to many nieces & nephews Will also be missed by Roberta's sister Cathy Heal (Doug) and two brothers the late Dalt (Marie) and the late Frank. Neil was from a large family and he has many nieces & nephews from the MacNeil & Millar families.

Neil made his way to Ontario in 1953 with $20 in his pocket to make a good life for himself. Neil was a man who completely believed in community and service and was very active in many volunteer roles, including coaching hockey and baseball, he was a member of the Civitan Club of Aurora for years serving in various positions including President, he was actively involved with Our Lady of Grace Church as a reader, usher and giver of communion and was a member of the Knight of Columbus for many years and a 4th degree.

Neil spent most of his career in insurance and worked as the Manager at the Fan Man in Aurora for over 15 years until age 73 when he retired. He would then volunteer with the Restore. Neil was proud of his Scottish heritage and traced his roots back to the Isle of Barra and was a member of Clan MacNeil in Canada for over 30 years serving as Secretary. Over the many years and many activities he enriched the many lives he touched, always kind and always with a smile, he will be missed by so many.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Our Lady of Grace Parish (Lynett Hall) in Aurora followed by a Reception and Celebration of Neil's life at the Aurora Community Centre Auditorium. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "New Building Fund" for Our Lady of Grace Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com for the MacNeil family.


  • Our Lady of Grace Parish "New Building Fund"


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 7, 2019


Neil Martin MacNeil

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Patricia Riendeau

December 7, 2019

Dear Roberta:
I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Neil will be greatly missed in the community and Church. We remember him from hockey, the church , the Fan Man and the occasional "Music Night" at Jonathans. A man as good hearted as Neil will never be forgotten.

Pat Riendeau & family

Corry Vlaming

December 6, 2019

Dear Roberta. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Neil. I never knew him personally, but i really love his smile which I see now for the first time. My heartfelt condolences to you and you family. God Bless you all.
Your friend Corry Vlaming.

Glenda MacNeil Lowndes

December 5, 2019

My parents Cameron and Orva MacNeil knew Neil through the Clan MacNeil of Canada. Dad was also from Glace Bay and always spoke very highly of Neil. Our Sincerest Condolences.

ReStore Newmarket

December 5, 2019

We will miss our dear friend Neil greatly. His warm smile always brightened our days here.

Miss you much, Laura and Ron and the rest of the ReStore team in Newmarket.

Patty McLaughlin

December 4, 2019

Roberta, Sandra and the rest of the gang.....I wish you peace while you come to understand and accept Neil's passing. He's still with you and always will be. I know he loved his music, so listen close next time you hear a favourite song. Big hugs. xoxo

Alison Cuthbert

December 4, 2019

Dear Sandra (& Family):

So very sorry to hear about your Dad.
He clearly lived a full life, so you must be proud to share the story of who he was and his accomplishments.
You know he is proud of you and the woman that you have become.
Know he will never stop watching over you.

Your Friend, Alison xox

Lissa Donkers-Van Rijn

December 4, 2019

Mrs. MacNeil and Family,
I'm really saddened to hear of Mr. MacNeil's death. He was an extraordinary man and good friend to both my parents. There are many in the community and church who will mourn deeply his passing as his was a life of service, love, compassion and excellence. May he rest in peace.

John McKinnon

December 4, 2019

Dear Roberta and Family,

We only knew Neil for eight years but he was a wonderful man who exuded kindness, caring and friendship. It never ceased to surprise me how he always found the energy and commitment to run with numerous projects, he seldom said he couldn't do it! As a fellow East Coaster I am proud to say he was a friend who showed the kind spirit and humanity of his fellow Islanders.
We are better for knowing him and proud of the man he showed us we could be!
God Bless You and Your Family,
John and Esther McKinnon

Cathy Madden

December 4, 2019

I have many memories of Neil, from camping at the cottage for our Jack & Jill, horseshoe's at the cottage. Neil getting a good jolt from getting me down a fan at the Fan Man (and some funny words came after it)... always with a smile and twinkles in his eyes. His humor was contagious and I know Jeff and our family will always remember Neil with fond memories and we were lucky to have known such a sweet man. Rest in Peace Neil, you will be so very much missed. Our condolences to the family. Another beautiful flower has been planted in god's garden xo. The Maddens

Paola Superina Randall

December 3, 2019

I can imagine how deep the bond with your Dad was, Sandra. Your roots run deep too! Your loss is felt by many but you held his hand when it counted the most. I send my regrets for Sunday’s service but I will keep a spot in my heart for you, your family and the community who gained from knowing your dear Dad! ❤️
Paola Superina Randall