Neil Watt McDermid

June 22, 1924June 3, 2021
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It is with heavy hearts, and much gratitude for the joy he brought to our lives that we announce the passing of Neil W. McDermid on June 3, 2021 after having lived what he considered to be “a wonderful life!”. Neil passed on with the same grace and dignity in which he lived his life. Predeceased by his wife Isobel McDermid (nee Howman), and his beloved black labs, Tara, Tara Too, and Tara 3. Neil will be sadly missed, and lovingly, and forever remembered by Karen, Fe, Merley, Kellee, Zara, Grace and Paige, Meaghan, Agnes and Niela, and many dear and cherished friends. He touched the lives of so many throughout his 97 years, and instilled in all of us his belief that “life is meant to be enjoyed”. And enjoy it he did!

Neil served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1943 to 1946 and was awarded his Pilot Wings on February 25, 1943, moving through the ranks of Pilot Officer, Flying Instructor and finally appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1945. He was later appointed as Honorary Colonel of the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Canada in Montreal.

After his service, Neil studied engineering at McGill University, graduating in the Engineering Class of 50’. He maintained the cherished friendships he made with many of his McGill Class of 50’ classmates throughout his entire life.

Neil later qualified and became a registered Patent and Trademark Agent during his tenure at Dupont. He went on to enjoy a very successful career managing the Montreal offices of Fetherstonhaugh & Co., and later started his own practice in Kingston, Ontario in 1986. Throughout his career he was a mentor to many, always encouraging hard work, and pushing those around him to achieve their full potential. Neil continued his work as a Patent Agent, side by side with Karen until he was 83, and remained of counsel to Karen until the very end.

After selling his home in 2015, which he had designed and built in 1953 on Lakeshore Rd. in Beaconsfield, Neil moved to Selection Retraite West Island. As with everything, Neil embraced the change, fostering many new friendships, and hosting some very memorable parties. Neil so enjoyed watching others dancing and enjoying life. Always humble, he got so much joy from bringing joy to others.

Thank you to all of the staff at Selection Retraite West Island. A special thank you to Wendy Cummings, who made his move and stay there so seamless and fun. You were always a little ray of sunshine. A very special thank you to Dr. Nantel-Smith and Caroline Bertincourt at Lakeshore General Hospital for going so far above and beyond to ensure Neil received the care he needed, especially during COVID. Thank you to Sara at the CSSS for your care and compassion, and to the nurses and care provided by NOVA. A very heartfelt thank you to Dr. Richer and the nurses at St. Anne Hospital for your professional care and compassion which brought great peace to Neil, as well as to Karen and Fe.

“Having a grateful disposition brings about other virtues, including generosity, compassion, humility, joy, wisdom, trust and integrity.” Bree Miller. This was Neil. He leaves a beautiful and rich legacy.

Funeral services for Neil will be held in the Chapel at Collins Clarke at 1:00, Tuesday, June 29nd, 2021. A celebration of Neil’s life is being postponed until we can safely gather to celebrate his wonderful life. If you would like to make a donation in Neil’s name, please consider a donation to Lakeshore General Hospital, NOVA West Island, or The Quebec Veterans Foundation, or another charity of your choice.

Godspeed our dear friend.

Only immediate family are attending the private funeral service at this time, however flowers and condolences can always be sent through the funeral home. A direct livestream service will be made available at the start of the funeral service and a recording will remain for those who would like to watch at a later time. Requests for an invitation can always be asked, to see if it will be allowed (under 25 people) at the time requested, through Karen Pratt.


  • Messe commémorative / Memorial Service

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021



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Jim Nicell

July 15, 2021

Dear Mrs. McDermid,

I am writing to express my deepest sympathies to you, and your family about the death of your husband, Neil McDermid.

While words do not provide adequate consolation for the loss of a loved one, please know that my colleagues and I at the Faculty are with you in our thoughts.


Jim A. Nicell
Dean, Faculty of Engineering
McGill University

Heiner & Eva Kammann

July 8, 2021

July 08, 2021

A good life lived is shaped by extraordinary people you meet. They add pizzazz, laughter and serious contemplation of matters of importance.
Neil and very much so Isobel were such people.
We immigrated from Germany in 1982 and Isobel, as an adept Real Estate Agent, found us the house we could afford and located in the right neighbourhood. We then lived there for 29 happy years. Neil and Isobel extended an invitation to their cottage on Bark Lake in the Laurentians. As newcomers to this terrific country we did not know much about cottage life. Up we went with our little daughter Catherine and our Au Pair girl Birte, who spent a year with us, coming from Hamburg in Germany.
We made it to the lake, and to our surprise were whisked by their motorboat over to their cottage on the other side of the lake. We spent time on the lake and learned what we did not know yet - water skiing. At first it was the traditional two skis, then Neil encouraged us to try mono ski. When we left in the dark, again zipping across the lake but this time in the dark, we were thoroughly hooked to cottage life.

Later on Neil become my company's Intellectual Property and Patent Attorney.
His and his team's exacting work and sage advice helped the company greatly and our two companies are still working together on patents, trademarks and the protection thereof.

There are not many people who leave a lasting impression on your life.
Neil and his wife Isobel were magnificent, welcoming, supportive and yet very humble.

Our life has been touched, enriched and made more meaningful by them.

Thank you Neil, thank you Isobel.

Happy travels,

Heiner & Eva Kammann

Zarah Milagrosa

June 15, 2021

So much memories to treasure for a lifetime. You taught me to work hard and go farther. I will always be thinking of your encouragement and will be forever grateful for your kindness and for believing in me.

You will be missed forever and always. The beautiful moments you shared with us, not to mention all the great parties you hosted, will always speak of a great person that you were. Rest in paradise Mr. McDermid. ❤️

Kellee Martin

June 8, 2021

I have too many wonderful memories to try to pick just one to share. Know that I will keep each and every one of them close to my heart. Our time together went too fast and I wish we could do it all over again. You were one of a kind. A true gentleman and I will miss you every single day. As Billie Holiday said "I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places that this heart of mine embraces. All day through, I'll be seeing you" I love you.