Fillmore & Whitman Funeral Home

8 Clyde Avenue, Sydney Mines, NS


William Nicholson McNeil

May 15, 1953August 5, 2020

We the family regret to announce the passing of our dear Bill on Wednesday Aug 5th after a lengthy illness.

Bill was an avid fisherman who was well known on the Margaree River for his love of the sport. Bill had the ability to fix just about anything and spent many hours tinkering in his garage with cars and various things. Bill worked for 30+ years at Breton Ability Centre (formally Braemore Home) where he was much loved by the staff and clients alike, he was known for his kind heart and patience.

Left to mourn Bill is the love of his life Brenda "Pyke" McNeil, his sons Daniel(Monica), Michael(Jeanette), his step children Amy Stubbert, Jordan Kanne, Chelsea Kanne, and his precious grandson Allister whom he adored.

Born in Reserve Mines, he was the son of Daniel McNeil(Woodpeckers) and Margaret(McWhirter) McNeil.

Also left to mourn Bill, his living siblings John, Francie, Mickey, Coody(Anthony), Darrell, Sisters Tina MacLean, Donna MacDonald, Mary Ruth Campbell and Toni MacLean. Predeceased by Sisters Mazie Bert, Peggy MacDonald, Eva Bishop, Debbie Boutilier, Brothers George, Dan Archie, Robert, Donnie, Tommy and his Twin brother Jimmy. Special Aunts Rita, Bessie, Annie and Special Uncle Doug McNeil.

A memorial service is to be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.fillmoreandwhitman.com.

Any donations in Bills memory can be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Debra MacPherson

August 11, 2020

Dear Brenda and family so sad to hear of Bills death my sincere condolences at this very difficult time. Bill was always pleasant and so well liked by the clients.
Debra MacPherson

Ralph Forbes

August 11, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. Billy introduced me to fly fishing many years ago and we spent many enjoyable hours fishing together. Rest in peace my friend.
Ralph Forbes and family

Norman(Butch) and Gerry Campbell

August 10, 2020

We are so saddened to hear the news of Bill’s passing, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. We were great friends and fished together many times. Bill was a very kind and gentle man, we enjoyed our times together. I will miss him and the times we spent together. Dear Brenda please pass condolences on to your children for us. God bless you all.
Norman(Butch) and Gerry Campbell.
1561 East side Grand river road, Grand River, Cape Breton B0E 1M0

Jerri-Lynn McKinnon

August 10, 2020

Brenda and families,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill.
I have the fondest childhood memories of sitting on a milk crate in his garage, passing tools and watching Bill and my father turn wrenches on cars and motorcycles.
I hope he is at peace now and my deepest condolences to you and your family.

Jerri-Lynn McKinnon (Keough)

Callista Parsons

August 10, 2020

Dear Brenda, Children, Step Children, Pyke and Mcneil Families:

Bill was the kind of neighbour you find yourself wishing for!! He was always ready to help in any way he could and especially liked to share stories and a great chuckle. Bill was soft spoken, sincere, considerate and instantly likeable. Brenda, we never worried about Mom with such caring neighbours as you, Bill and your children next door; thank you.
We are thinking about you and your families at this terrible loss and wish to extend our condolences to all.

Callista and Jim Parsons

Blair Williams

August 10, 2020

I am very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He had an incredibly positive attitude and it was always a pleasure to see him in clinic. My sincere condolences to Brenda and family.

Darlene & Bill Chiasson

August 10, 2020

Dear Brenda & Family
So sorry to hear of your loss ... Billy was a wonderful, kind person ... he will be missed ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Take Care,
Dar & Bill Chiasson

Joan Clarke

August 9, 2020

Dear Brenda & Family,

I am very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I know we don't see each other very much but I think of you often and of all the good times we had in our younger years. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time. We really do need to get together again at some time. Sending love and hugs.

Leah INgraham

August 9, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences,Bill will be missed by many.It was always a pleasure when he visited Ingraham’s store,he always had a story and a kind word and a smile he fought a good fight,may he be at rest now ,all our love and prayers . THE INGRAHAM’S

Greg Ross

August 8, 2020

Sure will miss seeing Bill at Ross’ Bridge. Have had many conversations with him over the years. Lots of fish stories shared. Thinking of his family at this difficult time.


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