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John Gilbert Neil

May 9, 1959 ~ December 21, 2017 (age 58)
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Message from Terri Smith
December 30, 2017 4:56 PM

My dear dear John, I have no words, only tears..
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A candle was lit by Tina Glover on December 30, 2017 7:25 PM
Message from Buc Weaver
December 30, 2017 7:51 PM

Fellow 77 Classmate , great all around guy. Bless you John and family RIP
Message from Kathy Hinton
December 30, 2017 10:58 PM

My prayers go out to the Neil family.
John was such a great guy!
Kathy Hinton
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A candle was lit by Bernadette Maglish on December 31, 2017 4:34 AM
Message from Bernadette Maglish
December 31, 2017 4:43 AM

My heartfelt condolences are sent your way. I have loving memories of John growing up. Those memories playing at Neil's field will forever remind me of how blessed I was to have known John, and the entire Neil family. My prayers go out to you Helen, and all your children. God speed John until we play again in God's field.
Message from Martin Combs
January 3, 2018 10:54 AM

RIP my dear friend, I will miss you so much. Indy 500's. Golfing, Watching sports (Purdue, Black Hawks, Cubs, Bears) from long distance with our phones on speaker.

We even where on together during the World Series Win, and also two Stanley cups. I will remember you always, when I watch any of our teams.

Go Boilers
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A candle was lit by Marty and Judy Combs on January 3, 2018 12:11 PM
Message from Kelliann Whitley
January 4, 2018 12:23 PM

Mrs. Neil - John's Best Girl,
Thanks for bringing a great person into our lives. John was smart, fun, wise, he loved to have a good laugh. He was stubborn and controlling sometimes too but we kept him in line :).
He was the most loyal friend a person could have. John even befriended a homeless man in DC. He loaned him money and helped him move. John helped many other people by loaning money, providing transportation, lending an ear to listen, giving gifts, and so much more. John was a perfectionist at his work. I often relied on him for his construction expertise. Many people did and his Customers trusted him and cared about him. John loved all living creatures. John and Lisa's cats and Lisa's bird Baby. Baby even had a crush on John. No joke. The bird was in love with John. :).

John and I chatted almost daily and John always mentioned you -
Helen, you were and will always be John's favorite Girl. He loved you so much. You did a great job raising John and his siblings Helen.
Now John is with Jim and Harold all together and watching down on You and Tom and Laura and Jim's cats and his cats Tucker and Me-meow and all his friends, Martin, Barb, Jocelyn, Lisa and on and on.
I miss John but I know he is safe and at peace and in excellent company.
Kelliann Whitley
Alexandria, Virginia

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A candle was lit by Kelliann Whitley on January 4, 2018 12:24 PM
Message from Barbara and Jocelyn Nichols
January 8, 2018 8:11 PM

Mrs. Neil, Tom and Laura,

Thank you so much for sharing John with Jocelyn and me.

John was this family's rock - he did everything for us, whether it be picking up from daycare when I was stuck in traffic, attending a school function, concert, ballet recital, class trip, etc., inspecting, fixing and remodeling my succession of houses, bringing us medicine when we had numerous plagues and no one else would come near us, or driving me 37 miles each way to work and back because I had gotten a nail in my tire over the weekend and he (notice I said he, not I) could not find a replacement anywhere. John did all of these things with a sense of humor and with a "look on the bright side" attitude.

John was well known to everyone on Jocelyn's swim team, as well as to her teachers and guidance counselors, as her avid fan, mentor and role model. He reviewed videos of her swim races with her and they discussed how she could be more successful. I remember him sitting with me at a large national meet, screaming even louder than I was. He put his hand on my back during Jocelyn's swim, started jumping up and down and said "Oh my God, I have chills watching this!." I think he realized just at that moment how invaluable his guidance was for Jocelyn. When I was too harsh with her, John was the first to let me know it. She shared all of her quarterly report cards with him, and he gave her gigantic fist pumps/bumps and a stack of scratch off lottery tickets when she did well. She loved them. John often took Jocelyn on bike rides to the lake near our house to give her an opportunity to complain about me or talk about whatever was on her mind. Many times I heard him tell her when they were putting her bike in the garage: "There is a lot I can deal with, but never disrespect your Mother." They giggled constantly together. He was simply the greatest Uncle ever!

For me, John is an irreplaceable friend. He had to have been the most loyal person I ever met. The kind of friend you don't need to spell everything out for, you know? He just knew, and always knew how to make me laugh, no matter what the circumstance. John taught me how to pay bills when I did not even pay attention, and he taught me how to keep my own personal filing system, although I don't keep the mountains of paper he kept! When I put my little dog down two years ago, John showed up unexpectedly. I thought I was doing fine, but then John started balling when he reached over my shoulder to pet the dog. Leave it to John to love a little furry creature, and not be afraid to show it. You know, once I rear ended John's jeep when I was following him because he stopped suddenly to get out and take a turtle out of the road! He didn't even get mad about the dent - "Oh well," he said. I think maybe he just pretended to be hard sometimes and was nothing but a big softie at heart. When I was staying with my Mom in hospice in New Jersey last August and September, it was John who talked to me every day and looked after Jocelyn, my dogs and my house, and it gave my Mom comfort to know Jocelyn was with him. He was just that capable. His buildings are breathtaking. Jocelyn and I just drove by one on Sunday. As we often did, Jocelyn and I enjoyed dinner with John at our home a few days before his passing. It was just pot roast, but to hear John tell it, you would think I had served filet mignon and caviar. John and Jocelyn compared their musical selections and then Jocelyn explained to him that when she called someone a "schnack," that meant the guy was cute and her crush. She had him in stitches. John tried to explain to her that boys could be real jerks and she shouldn't fall for it. Then, as usual, the two of them stood at the sink and washed the dishes. It was a beautiful evening, with a beautiful person, who is very loved and will be very missed.

We are so grateful for the time we shared with John, and will remember his smile and our laughter always. We pray that he is at peace.

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A candle was lit by Barbara and Jocelyn Nichols on January 8, 2018 8:13 PM
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A candle was lit by Sue and Ron Graff on January 16, 2018 8:25 AM
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