OBITUARY

Neil E. Mitchell

June 5, 1928April 1, 2021
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Neil Mitchell of Collingswood, NJ passed away at age 92.

Neil was born in NYC, and grew up in Fort Lee, NJ. He graduated from Fort Lee High School before serving in the US Army. A self-taught engineer, he rose to a senior leadership position at Stone and Webster Engineering in Cherry Hill, NJ, and later relocated to Denver, CO. He was an avid sailor and he also enjoyed skiing well into his 80s.

Neil and his late wife, Naomi Lynne, retired to Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, where they became the nexus for neighborhood social activity. Their home on Bradley Road was built by Neil’s father, Wesley Sr., and Neil re-engineered nearly every system in the house with his meticulous attention to detail.

He will be remembered by family and friends for his willingness to lend a helping hand, for his enjoyment of many social activities, and for being such a wonderful and kind gentleman.

Neil was preceded in death by his dear wife of over 36 years and best friend, Naomi Lynne Mitchell, and by his son, James Mitchell (Catherine).

He will be dearly missed by his sons, Michael Mitchell (Beverly) and Robert Mitchell, stepsons, Dan Zeccola (Heather) and Joe Zeccola (Ginette), stepdaughter, Mary Kay Holamon (Bruce), and seven loving grandchildren: Rachel and Timothy Holamon, Katelynne and Alyson Zeccola, Cassidy and Wesley Mitchell and Christine Bowman.

Services will be held on Friday, April 9 at Blake-Doyle Funeral Home, 226 W. Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 at 9:00 am. Burial will follow at 11:30 am at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line Rd., Wrightstown, NJ 08562.

  • FAMILY

  • Naomi Lynne Mitchell, Wife (deceased)
  • James Mitchell (Catherine), Son (deceased)
  • Michael Mitchell (Beverly), Son
  • Robert Mitchell, Son
  • Dan Zeccola (Heather), Step Son
  • Joe Zeccola (Ginette), Step Son
  • Mary Kay Holamon (Bruce), Step Daughter
  • Rachel Holamon, Granddaughter
  • Timothy Holamon, Grandson
  • Katelynne Zeccola, Granddaughter
  • Alyson Zeccola, Granddaughter
  • Cassidy Mitchell, Granddaughter
  • Wesley Mitchell, Grandson
  • Christine Bowman, Granddaughter
  • Wesley Mitchell Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Marcelle Mitchell (nee Boulanger), Mother (deceased)

Services

  • Gathering Time

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Open Floor for Sharing

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

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Cheryl Gutherman (Martin)

April 11, 2021

All the photos were wonderful to view. I only knew Neil after he met Lynne but I can see that he was always handsome and charming. Neil and Lynne were a beautiful couple.
My condolences to the family and friends of Neil.

j c

April 10, 2021

rest in peace

Barry Cyphers

April 8, 2021

Barry Cyphers

April 7, 2021

Many of us were charmed by Neil's affable manner, easy smile and irreverent wit. He was gregarious and clever; generous with his time and his skills.

An early riser and avid puzzler, Neil started most mornings at the kitchen table, with a cup of tea, a sudoku and a crossword puzzle. After that, he'd dive into the day's projects. I remember that there was always a project list on his desk and he just loved to cross stuff off that list. ( in fact, he admitted once that he occasionally added completed items to the list - just for the enjoyment of crossing them off.)

Neil was a skilled and precise craftsman, too. Many of the projects that he prolifically cranked out of his workshop originated from a scheme to solve a problem around the house or a garden design opportunity that Lynne had "offered for consideration". Before any project made it to the workshop though, a sketch was drawn to scale on a piece of graph paper, but, soon after, the dream became a reality.

And although Neil was a modest guy, he was very proud of his work. When a project was finished, he'd proudly point out some jaw-dropping detail or intricate mechanism that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Whatever it was, his work was always brilliant, impeccable, and often in copper.

We all have our memories. And most memorable to me, and to many others, was Neil's steadfast and loyal friendship. He will be greatly missed.

KIMBERLY CASAROTTO

April 7, 2021

My condolences to all of the family. Neil was such a wonderful man and such a gentleman. May he rest in peace. He and Lynne are together again and I am sure they are so happy to be reunited.
Peace and love,
Kim Casarotto

Barry Cyphers

April 6, 2021

"Where have you been? I've been looking all over for you. I thought I lost you".

"I'm here now. I missed you so much."

Denise Cyphers

April 6, 2021

Au revoir mon cher ami.
Thanks for all of the "best days ever."
Love,
Nesi

Barry Cyphers

April 6, 2021

Diane & Bob Porter

April 4, 2021

We will always have wonderful memories of Sharing time with Neil and Lynne. They always made us feel special when we would visit. Neil loved Irish whiskey and we made sure to bring something special on our visits. He had a great life and we loved hearing his adventures. Sailing and skiing seemed to be his favorites.
We will truly miss them both and just feel very fortunate to have shared time together.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all who were lucky enough to be part of Neil and Lynne's life.
Diane & Bob Porter

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