John Augustine Macneil

February 12, 1940July 23, 2017
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John Augustine MacNeil, Iona, Cape Breton and Halifax, died Sunday at the age of 77 following a prolonged struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

John was the son of the late Joe Allan MacNeil of Iona and Catherine (MacDonald) MacNeil, St. Peter’s. John completed high school in Iona in 1957 and graduated from St F.X. with his education degree in 1961.

For 35 years, John was the Guidance Director-Registrar of the Halifax Vocational High School, a position for which he proved to be well suited and prepared. In this position, John championed the cause of occupational education, carving an impressive record of industrial and business training. He continually improved his education, pursuing several additional degrees.

John was a sensible gentleman and an exceptional judge of character. John’s passions included devotion to his family, spending time at his Cape Breton cottage, and serving his church, always attentive to spiritual issues. He served in various church ministries, a faithful member of the Knights of Columbus, and he was meticulous about maintaining the parish tabernacle candle.

Celtic music and fine cars, which he acquired and dealt away to his Bayview customers, were his hobbies. His car endeavors included helping family and friends with the rigors of car dealings or auto breakdowns. Doug Bethune said it best: “John had a nose for good car flesh”. In music circles, he became close friends with many of the CB greats, including John Allan, Winston, Buddy, Jerry and John Morris. These stars were frequent house guests for lively musical sessions. John was an exemplary bowler in many leagues, where his lucky strike was meeting Sheila.

He is survived by his gracious and talented wife, Sheila (Doré) MacNeil, whom he revered, along with his children Kathy (Glenn) Stone, Dartmouth, and son Joseph, Phoenix, Arizona; nieces Linda (Gerald) Murphy and Wilena (Gerald) Arcand; one nephew, Bill Hamm. He was predeceased by his sister Marguerite Hamm.

Visitation will take place Thursday, July 27th from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at J. A. Snows Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr. Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, July 28th, 10:30 am at Saint Benedict Church, 45 Radcliffe Dr. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Benedict Parish debt or the Parkinson Canada.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 27, 2017
  • Visitation Thursday, July 27, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 28, 2017

John Augustine Macneil

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Sher Wells Hamilton

August 18, 2017

Sheila, Kathy. Joey
Sorry to hear about John's passing. I have many fond memories of your family on Palisade and Bayview. I hope all the great memories help through this difficult time

Shirley Vaughan

August 4, 2017

To the Family of the late John MacNeil, especially Sheila;

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of John. I enjoyed teaching with him as Guidance Director-Registrar. He was very well respected by all those who worked with him.

May God help you through this very difficult period in your lives until you arrive at the point where you can cherish the many fond memories you have built up over the years.

Shirley Vaughan

July 31, 2017

Sheila, So sorry to here about John's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at such a difficult time.
Clarence and Diana Fraser
Neila McCarron

July 28, 2017

Sheila: It was with great sadness that we read John's obit but we also remembered the good times and fun we all we had. John was an exemplary gentleman. Sorry we were unable to attend the viewing or funeral but are doing that here today as well with another friend. We are with you in spirit, love and prayers. Vance & Ruth Thompson

July 27, 2017

Sheila and family,
Please know that the MacDonald's in Soldier's Cove have you in their thoughts today and in the coming weeks.
God Bless,
Helen, Anne and Sheila

Ken & Jean Rent

July 27, 2017

Rest in Peace John.

Rod, Stephen and Claire Beaton

July 27, 2017

Sheila and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. John was such a pleasant and friendly man; he will be missed very much.

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

July 26, 2017

Sheila, Kathy, Joe and family,

We want to express our sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your husband and Dad. He truly was a remarkable gentleman who has left this world a better place for his being here.
As you gather with family and friends in the coming days, to remember and pay tribute to John, may you find comfort in the memories that are shared and the faith you possess. He will indeed be missed by those who knew him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

Peter & Karen Bowden

July 26, 2017

Dear Sheila and Family, we are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ann and Luke Whiting

Hilton Hatfield

July 26, 2017

Dear Sheila and Family: Sorry to hear of the passing of John. May he rest in peace.
Please accept my condolences. Remember the good times.