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Born: Feb 10, 1952

Date of Passing: Sep 12, 2022

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February 10, 1952 - September 12, 2022

Neil passed away on September 12, 2022, at the St. Boniface Hospital after a short illness.
He leaves to mourn his partner of 41 years Rod Squires; sister Lynn Allan (Colin) and their children, James, Jennifer (Mike) and Robert (Jeanine); and his cousins.
Thank you to his friends and family in Winnipeg and at the lake for their support and help.
Neil did not want a funeral service but a celebration of life will be held at the lake in the Spring of 2023.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I was shocked and saddened when Rod called me with this news. Neil and Rod were friends for decades and Neil and I started it over a 1956 Johnson 15 hp motor. There was no turning back after that. We became good friends and I will always enjoy the memories of our times together at his shop, our houses, or his cabin. Rod and Neil had our young family out for a weekend at the cabin over 20 years ago and the kids loved the beach, boat rides, and all the hospitality. Luckily I have memories on home movies of the "Fliver" stunt boat that goes under water as Neil carved it in circles with our son and daughter screaming in delight! Neals skills and attention to detail as a mechanic and craftsman were only exceeded by his kindness and warm friendship. We kept in touch and shared the passion of old school cars, boats, and quality things from the past. I am lucky to have several of his restorations and personal memento's to always remember a great friend and a great man. RIP Neil. Bob McLenaghan - Posted by: Bob McLenaghan (Friend) on: Nov 07, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Neil's passing. My deepest condolences to Rod and family. I fondly remember visiting Neil and Rod at the cottage at Inverness Falls during the summers I was staying at Brereton. Neil was always so gracious and welcoming. He will be missed. - Posted by: Jan (Friend) on: Sep 29, 2022

  • I am saddened to read Neil has died. As a craftsman he was a stickler and particular for perfection. A few years ago Neil restored a 9.9hp Evinrude for us and when we picked it up I'd have sworn it was a new one he'd had in a box and swapped for the clunker we'd brought in. When we took it out, thankfully we'd brought blankets to wrap it in, we departed with instructions not to let kids use it. They'd not understand and scratch it. Well, Neil, as I told you when we last spoke, we've gone you one better and the engine has never been in the water as I'm afraid I'd scratch it! A craftsman par excellence, a fount of fascinating stories, and an encyclopedia of historical knowledge in his field, I will, along with countless others, miss Neil. - Posted by: Sheldon Bowles (Customer and fan) on: Sep 27, 2022

  • So sorry to hear Of Neil's passing. He was our trusted friend and outboard mechanic. Neil always amazed us with all his cool cars and boats. My Dad (Lucien) highly respected him as a person and a mechanic. We knew Neil for over 50 years and he always was so smart and professional. - Posted by: Marc Marleau (friend) on: Sep 26, 2022

  • We are very sorry for your loss. Our Thoughts & Prayers are with you. - Posted by: Irene rowat (Rod's sister) on: Sep 25, 2022

  • Very saddened to read about Neil's passing today. Very nice man and a good friend! The Yearly Grey Cup Parties were Epic at the home in St. Vital, thank you! And the evenings spent together sharing a drink or Bowling together some years ago, lovely times. You were a good listener and a friend to many. Will always remember you. Condolences to Rod and the Family! May he RIP! - Posted by: Gerrie Penteliuk (Friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Neil was a great person and friend to myself and my family. He recently restored my family's boat, a job no one else would or could do. I would often go to his shop just to chat and see what he was working on. We will miss him dearly. - Posted by: David Bonin (Friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • This is such sad news. Neil was my friend in high school and in life. Even though we did not talk often and stretches of time would pass, when we did talk it was like no time had passed at all. I treasured our friendship my friend. I will miss you. - Posted by: Darlene (Olson) Bohemier (Friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

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