Cyril Kennedy MacNeil

September 27, 1945May 2, 2018
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CYRIL KENNEDY MACNEIL 1945 — 2018 Cyril Kennedy MacNeil of Port Hood, Nova Scotia died on May 2, 2018 after an amazing life. He died peacefully, surrounded by family in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Cyril came from humble roots, son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Kennedy) MacNeil. He was born in Inverness and lived his early years in Kenloch on Lake Ainslie. Cyril’s family moved to Mabou, where he graduated from St Joseph’s Convent School in 1964. Cyril graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1968 and continued his studies at Dalhousie University. The greatest love of Cyril was his family: his devoted spouse, Jeanette MacEachen, from whom he was inseparable for 48 years; his sons Gavin (Danica), Dean (Christine), and daughter Toinette Martin (Joseph); and his precious grandchildren Marley, Tansy, Xavier and Frédéric MacNeil. He is survived by his sister, Lois (Stephen) Trapp as well as his nieces and nephews: Cuyler, Bryden, Jake, Joey, and Rebecca. He was predeceased by father, Joseph; mother Margaret; brothers, Donnie and Bernie; uncle, Willie Kennedy, and sisters-in-law Maureen and Lorna. Cyril was a career scientist, a man of principle with quick wit but also of great humility. Above all, he was a man of integrity, greatly admired and respected by his colleagues in the nuclear industry. He was the Laboratory Supervisor at the Canadian General Electric Heavy Water Plant in Point Tupper, from 1970 until 1977. Cyril joined New Brunswick Power as the Station Chemist for the commissioning, start-up, and operation of Atlantic Canada's nuclear power station at Point Lepreau. He was responsible for all aspects of chemical control including station materials and the environment. He recruited and mentored staff to carry out this chemical control. Cyril was a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada (MCIC), the Canadian Nuclear Society, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and the New Brunswick Power Representative on the CANDU Owners Group technical committees with respect to Chemical Processes and Control and Material Behaviour of Pressure Tubes. He was a member of the New Brunswick Power 25 Year Club. Cyril was devoted to his Christian faith and lived his faith in all aspects of his life. He was always engaged in many facets within the Catholic Church community. Cyril’s parish communities included St. Marks in Quispamsis, N.B. and St. Peters in Port Hood, NS. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus FM Lockary Assembly 0616 in Saint John, N.B. and the past Grand Knight of St. Peter’s Council 8275 in Port Hood. Regardless which community Cyril resided, he was always actively involved. He was a past president of both the Port Hawkesbury Lions Club and the Gondola Point, N.B. Lions Club. Cyril also enjoyed Corvette sports cars. With other Corvette lovers in Saint John, he worked to form the Corvettes of Southern New Brunswick in 2000 and was a past president of the club. Cyril’s personal interests never hindered his involvement and took pride in his children's activities and accomplishments. In 2004, Cyril retired from New Brunswick Power. Contract work within the nuclear industry took Cyril and Jeanette to countries such as Argentina, Romania, South Korea, China, and United States. With Jeanette, he built a home in Port Hood along the waters of St. George's Bay on Cape Breton Island where they enjoyed their retirement and their involvement in the community of Port Hood. Sincere appreciation to the many doctors, nurses and staff at the Inverness Hospital, Cape Breton Regional Hospital and Halifax Victoria General. Heartfelt thank you to Lori Anne MacDonald who cared for Cyril with such compassion and patience. Visitation will take place 2-4 and 7-9p.m. on Thursday, May 10th in Port Hood and Area Resting Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 11th at 11a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, Port Hood. Burial to follow in parish cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial donations in Cyril’s memory may donate to St. Peter’s Cemetery Fund, Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, or charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to:


  • MacNeil Joseph, Father
  • Margaret Kennedy MacNeil, Mother
  • Jeanette (MacEachen) MacNeil, Wife
  • Gavin (Danica) MacNeil, Son
  • Dean (Christine) MacNeil, Son
  • Toinette (Joseph) Martin, Daughter
  • Lois (Stephen) Trapp, Sister
  • Cyril is also survived by his precious grandchildren Marley, Tansy, Xavier and Frédéric MacNeil; as well as his nieces and nephews: Cuyler, Bryden, Jake, Joey, and Rebecca. He was predeceased by father Joseph, mother Margaret, brothers Donnie and Bernie, uncle Willie Kennedy, and sisters-in-law Maureen and Lorna.

  • Ranald MacDonald, Brother-in-law
  • Donald MacEachen, Brother in-law
  • Joseph Martin, Son in-law
  • Marley MacNeil, Grandson
  • Cuyler Trapp, Nephew
  • Leon Livingston, Friend

  • St Peter's Cemetery Fund
  • Central Inverness Palliative Care Society


  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 11, 2018

Cyril Kennedy MacNeil

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Earl & Sandy Taylor

May 19, 2018

Jeanette, Family and Friends, Thinking of you all and sending our love and prayers.Take care,Earl & Sandy

Jean and Mike MacDonald

May 16, 2018

Jeannette and Family, we are sorry for your loss. We remember Cyril as a great guy, a true Cape Bretoner!

Cletus Maconald

May 15, 2018

Jeanette.I am sorry to hear of the untimely passing of Cyril. My deepest sympathy for your loss.
He lived a rewarding and full life with you and your family which will bring back fond memories in the future.I will pass the news of his passing to my brothers and sister.Take care.

Lynn Kinsella

May 12, 2018

Dear Jeanette - I only learned of Cyril's passing yesterday at rug hooking. I know after 48 years you'll miss him dearly but I hope your many happy memories will bring you comfort at this sad time.
You are fondly remembered by the original members of Carnegie Rug Hooking - can you believe it -we now have 60 members! I hope you continue to hook mats as you have such a natural talent for colour and composition.
Someday when Peter and I are traveling through Port Hood we'll drop in for a cup of tea.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Paula Weiss

May 11, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. You are dearly missed by all of the Carnegie Rug Hookers in Saint John.
Thinking of you during this sad time.
Paula Weiss

Robert Case

May 10, 2018

On behalf of the membership of Corvettes of Southern New Brunswick our deepest sympathies to Jeanette and Family. Cyril will be missed deeply by those that knew him and those of us that did not have the opportunity to know him.

Warren Mawhinney

May 10, 2018

Dear Jeanette and Family:

We were very saddened to here of Cyril's passing. Sandy and I are praying that the Lord will grant you and your family strength during this difficult time of grieving.

I had the honor and pleasure of working directly with Cyril during his entire career with NB Power at Pt. Lepreau. Later, following Cyril's retirement, I again teamed up with him on chemistry benchmarking visits at stations in Cernavoda (Romania), Embalse (Argentina), and Darlington (Ontario). Sandy has fond memories of your shopping jaunts in Embalse.

Cyril was a man of integrity and demonstrated great compassion and professionalism in his day-to-day work life. There are many stories that I could relate, but space is limited. Perhaps some day we will be able to share. It was a pleasure working with and knowing Cyril. He was a true friend and will be missed.

Warren and Sandy Mawhinney

Debbie Shepard

May 10, 2018

I have wonderful memories of spending time with Jeannette and Cyril at car show events over the years. Cyril was such fun to be around, it seemed as though we had known him forever. He was a true gentleman. I fondly remember a car cruise we attended that he led, through the farming and country roads areas in Canada. Cyril gifted us all with a small plastic black and white cow, that wound up, and flipped somersaults. That is still being used in home with the grandchildren. His resume' was prestigious, yet he seemed most humble for all of his knowledge and expertise. It was a joy to watch he and Jeannette interact and enjoy life. I will miss him greatly. Our sincere sympathy to all of the family.

Ross Reid

May 9, 2018

To Jeanette and Family.

Our deepest sympathies to you all, during the saddest of all occasions – the loss of Cyril, a wonderful husband and father, a very special man, a friend to many, a special friend to Janet and me.

We will always remember the years living as neighbors on Doncaster Dr when the kids grew up together and Cyril and I car pooled to Lepreau together. Also the fond memories of the many lunch break walks and talks during our Lepreau days. As well the Lobster events – in Grand Bay, and Port Hood, the guided tours of Port Hood area where Cyril and yourself grew up during special visits - all wonderful memories which last forever!
Are thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ross & Janet

Bob Crawford

May 9, 2018

Jeannette, Sally and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. I just received this very sad news.
A special few of us spent years together driving back and forth from Point Lepreau. We used to say that we spent more time with each other than with our wives which during some PLGS adventures was likely true. We got to know each other pretty well and I came to appreciate Cyril's friendship very much. We had a lot of good times together ..... Even during the trips when I sat in the rather rustic back seat of his jeep!
We spent quite a bit of time together working on keeping steam generator tubes healthy but it was his wit and company I valued the most.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Sally Crawford