July 29, 1964 – January 29, 2019
Joe Neal (Patrick J. Neal, Sr) age 54, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, in Tampa. He was born July 29, 1964, in Rockledge, Florida, to Ivan and Alice Neal. His family moved to Tennessee in 1969 where he and his brother were raised. In his youth, his family frequently visited his mom’s hometown, Killybegs, Ireland. Joe excelled as a multi-sport athlete, but wrestling became his passion. He was twice voted the top high school wrestler in Middle Tennessee and went on to wrestle at the University of Tennessee. This is where he met his true love, Jenni, whom he married in 1988. After earning his BS from UT he began his career in banking eventually, by way of several mergers, came to work at Bank of America in Nashville. He began to establish life-long relationships with leading healthcare executives and developed a thorough understanding of health care’s complexities, all while completing his MBA. He was hired by Phycor to acquire and manage physician practices. Joe moved his family to Tampa in 2000 to build Bank of America’s Florida health care practice. Since 2007, Joe has served as CEO of Beth Ingram Therapy Services. Joe, with the support of his business partner Larry Morgan, transformed the business into the largest speech therapy private practice in the state of Florida.
Joe was active in giving back to his community. He was on the board of the Salesian Youth Center. He and his family served the homeless through Room in the Inn and Faith Cafe. He took great pride in his volunteer position as JV wrestling coach at Jesuit High School where he fondly called the wrestlers “his kids”. He relished opportunities to coach, teach and assist others.
Most precious to Joe were his family, friends and Catholic faith. His love for his children, Patrick and Erin, knew no bounds – he adored them. Joe was a good friend and mentor to so many. He is godfather to Caitlin, Abby, and Lorelai and set an example for all to follow. He was a wonderful, brilliant and most importantly a good man who will be missed beyond understanding.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of over 30 years, Jenni; his children, Patrick (Erica) and Erin; his mother, Alice; his brother, John (Bonnie); his nieces, Caitlin and Abby; Jenni’s mother, Marcia Williams; his brother-in-law, Chris (Tiffany) Williams; and their children, Andrew (Emilie) and Cameron. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins in the US and Ireland. He was predeceased by his father, Ivan Neal; grandparents, Ivan and Roberta Neal of Florida, and Denis and Rose Rowan of Killybegs, Ireland.
Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 3 from 2:00-4:00pm at Blount & Curry 605 S. MacDill Ave. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, 2:00pm at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either The Salesian Youth Center, or Jesuit High School in Joe’s name.
- Joe is survived by his best friend and wife of over 30 years, Jenni; his children, Patrick (Erica) and Erin; his mother, Alice; his brother, John (Bonnie); his nieces, Caitlin and Abby; Jenni’s mother, Marcia Williams; his brother-in-law, Chris (Tiffany) Williams; and their children, Andrew (Emilie) and Cameron. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins in the US and Ireland. He was predeceased by his father, Ivan Neal; grandparents, Ivan and Roberta Neal of Florida, and Denis and Rose Rowan of Killybegs, Ireland.
- Jesuit High School
Salesian Youth Center
Attention: Theresa Anderson, 315 W Columbus Drive , Tampa, Florida 33602
- Visitation Sunday, February 3, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, February 4, 2019
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February 6, 2019
It is with heartfelt sorry to learn of the sudden passing of our cousin Joe. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. I will never forget the time Joe and John shot me with a BB gun many, many years ago. Our family is thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort. May Joe Rest in Peace with his dad, Ivan in Heaven. God Bless!
Sending our love to Jenni, Patrick and Erika, Erin, Alice, John, Bonnie, Caitlin and Abby
Phillip, Kathy, Tanner, Braeden, Colby and Colleen Thurmond
Pat and Donal Rowan
February 2, 2019
It is with deep shock and heartfelt sorrow that we extend our sincere condolences to the family and relatives of our beloved nephew Joe (rip). To his wife Jenni, son Patrick (Erica) and daughter Erin, to his mother (our sister Alice) and his brother John (Bonnie) and family Caitlin and Abby and extended families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We fondly remember Joe's many visits to Ireland, beginning when he and his brother John were just toddlers. He is now in heaven reunited with his dad Ivan and all his deceased relatives.
We love you Joe and will never forget you. May your kind and gentle soul rest in peace.
From your uncles Pat and Donal (Bridie)
Killybegs , Ireland.
February 1, 2019
We have fond memories of Joe’s many trips to Ireland and his hospitality during our trips to Florida. Especially those memories from our childhood in the 70s and 80s when Joe and his brother John and parents Aley and Ivan came to Ireland for summer holidays.
Joe was such a kind, generous, compassionate person and a true family man. We were deeply saddened to hear of his unexpected passing. Our sincere sympathy to Jenni, Erin, Patrick and Erica, Aley, John and Bonnie, Caitlin and Abby. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We will miss you Joe, rest in peace.
Denis, Louise, Dillon and Julie Rowan
February 1, 2019
Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Neal and Rowan families at this very sad time.
As a young lad growing up in Killybegs, it was always exciting when you heard your cousins from America, Joe and John, with their parents Ailey and Ivan, were coming to visit. Great childhood memories for me that never will be forgotten.
Joe and his Dad Ivan will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
God bless you Joe. Rest in Peace.
Orla-Maria and Shay Rowan.
February 1, 2019
Joe was a classmate (82) from DuPont High School - Really kind person. He will be missed - Prayers to his family may he rest in peace.
January 31, 2019
Mrs Neal and John,
I have fond childhood memories from Nepal Drive. So sorry to hear this about Joe. Will be praying for your family.