Born George Neil on December 5, 1929 to parents Robert and Janet (McAlpine) Cameron on the Otonabee-Asphodel boundary line. Neil enjoyed his life farming there well into his 90th year, switching in “retirement" from dairy to beef cattle and cash cropping. There was a special place in his heart for all animals including numerous beloved pets. Neil was much loved and respected by his many friends and neighbours, selflessly lending a helping hand and finding a way to make each individual feel special. He had a constructive influence on his children, bringing them along and opening up their worlds through his many passions. Neil had an uncanny memory for dates of events, and was known for telling vivid, well-drawn-out tales that often ended with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was a talented and creative wood worker and an avid auction-goer, capturing both his passion for socializing and acquiring deals. He enjoyed travelling, particularly to places in the world with a personal connection. Neil’s was a shining example of a life well-lived. He slipped away peacefully in his sleep on April 1, 2022.
Neil will be fondly remembered by his cherished sister Barbara; his loving children Mary Thurston (Dave Hutchinson; former spouse Joe), Nancy Henderson (Dale), Jan (Richard Delorme), Ray (former spouse Annie Kei); his former spouse Doris (née Jopling) and son Dave Moffat (Astrid Manske); his adoring grandchildren Dan (Steph Worsfold) and Kendra Thurston, Kristen (née Henderson) Lawrence (Drew), Ryssa, Keiton, and Skye Moffat; and great grandchildren Norah and Chloe Lawrence; as well as his dear friend Margaret; and many treasured nieces and nephews. Neil is predeceased by his siblings Kay Montgomery (Elden), Don, Jean, Marjorie Mason (Eric), and Eleanor Carruthers (former spouse Graham). Many thanks to the kind-hearted staff at Princess Gardens and Maple View Retirement where Neil's gentle spirit was appreciated in his last three golden years, and to the local health resources who came together for him.
Friends and family are invited to THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES – NORWOOD CHAPEL, 36 Queen Street, Norwood, Ontario on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM for a time of fellowship and refreshments. A private family interment will be held at Cameron Cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Cameron Cemetery board, Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation, or a charity of your choice by contacting the funeral home at www.hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705.639.5322.
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