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Josephine Mary McNeil

March 18, 1928October 10, 2020

Mary Josephine (Jo) McNeil died October 10th, 2020. Born March 18th, 1928 to Joe and Flora (MacNeil) MacMullin in Beaver Cove, Cape Breton, the youngest of twelve. She was adopted at birth and became the eldest child of Roderick and Mary Catherine (MacKinnon) MacSween also of Beaver Cove. Her family soon moved to Antigonish where she was raised with her siblings Margaret and Michael. Toward adulthood the family moved again to Halifax where she became a proud nurse (Halifax Infirmary), wife and mother of six. Proud also of being born in Cape Breton, this clearly showed when she heard Celtic music. Caring for people was her life’s purpose and with her quiet and gentle demeanor she did it like no other. Despite enduring Alzheimers in her later years, her courage and character were always present. As she would say: “I’m so lucky.” She loved and was loved by her late husband, Ivan, six children, Christina Hill, Ann, Margaret Burt, Rod, Dan (Roma) and Tommy, thirteen grandchildren Colin, Sara, Laura, Liam, Michael, Daniel, Katherine, Jenna, Connor, Jessica, Mairi, Ryan and Emily and three great-grandchildren, Roddy, Keelan and Leo. She is also survived by one sister Johnanna MacKinnon and two sisters-in- law Betty MacMullin and Mary MacSween and many nieces and nephews. Jo was predeceased by her siblings Michael MacSween, Margaret MacSween, Kay Nearie, Margaret Collins, Eileen MacMullin, Chrissie Whalen, Mary MacNeil, Rita Goss, Lizzie MacMullin, Stephanie Gallant, Theresa MacKinnon and Michael MacMullin. A special mention to Donna Forsyth whose care and professionalism allowed Mom to remain at home. Her loving guidance throughout Mom’s journey will never be forgotten. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice. Funeral Mass will be at Saint Benedict Parish, 45 Radcliffe Dr., Halifax, Friday, October 16th at 2:00pm. Please respect Covid restrictions. Burial at St. Margaret’s of Scotland Church, Arisaig.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020


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Cameron Miles

October 18, 2020

Dan and family, very sorry to hear about the loss of Jo. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed very much. Take care.

Patti Martin (Gillam)

October 18, 2020

Dear McNeil Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was a sweet lady who was always very kind to us as childen (who you all babysat!) Did you know that we used to hang out in your carport just to have her bring us freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? Never store bought! We did it often. :) Our prayers are with you
at this difficult time.
Patti (Martin) Gillam and Famiy

Elaine (Collie A) Grandy

October 17, 2020

To the MacNeil family. I was sad to read your Mother passed away. She was a lady who was always smiling and kind to all. May she rest in peace. My sincere sympathy to the whole family.

Robert Andrews

October 16, 2020

To Dan and the rest of the family, you are in my thoughts and I offer all my condolences. Jo was clearly loved and well respected. The high regard in which the whole family is held is a real testament to Jo. The service was lovely and take good care.

Graham and Susan Miles

October 16, 2020

To all the McNeil family. Please accept our sincere condolences on Jo's passing. She was such a warm and kind spirit. So many memories over so many years.

Jennifer Keay

October 16, 2020

Am very sorry to hear of Jo's passing and my deepest condolences to the entire family. Such fond memories of her gentle, loving and warm spirit. Thankful to have known her. She made a lasting imprint.

Steve Andrews

October 16, 2020

Dear Ann, Margaret, Chris, Rod, Dan, Tommy and Families,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of beautiful Jo. I have wonderful memories of Dorothy and I having conversations with Jo....usually in the kitchen on Southill Dr. Dorothy loved Jo and I believe they shared a special bond. May you all take comfort in fond memories of this kind, gentle, loving lady.

With sincere sympathy, Steve

Trish Robert end Alex Boutilier

October 15, 2020

Jo was an amazing person, so soft spoken and kind. She raised a wonderful family.

Her brownies where amazing.

Sorry for your loss
Trish Robert and Alex Boutilier

Jim and Mary MacLellan

October 15, 2020

Chris, Ann, Margaret, Rod , Dan and Tom so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful person and mother to you all. Please accept our sincere condolences and know we will be praying for you during this difficult time.
Jim and Mary

Kathryn Hill

October 15, 2020

Chris, Margaret, Ann, Rod, Danny, Tommy and families - my deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful mother. She was always unassuming, kind and appreciative of everything and everyone. I will always remember her soft voice, kind eyes and words! She and your dad raised a beautiful family and their legacy lives on in you and your families. Rest in peace, Jo! xo


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