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Born: Apr 17, 1938

Date of Passing: May 10, 2020

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April 17, 1938 - May 10, 2020

With sadness and celebration, the family of Hugh "Neil" Naismith announces his passing on Sunday, May 10, 2020.
Neil will be deeply missed by his partner, Yvonne; son, Scott; daughter-in-law, Erin; grandson, Liam; brother, Archie; and sister-in-law Avril; preceded by daughter, Nancy.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date, when we are safely able to come together.
Neil would be pleased if you considered a donation in his memory to St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry, 365 McGee St., Winnipeg, MB R3G 3M5.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories, and condolences for the family by visiting Neil's memorial page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My condolences to the family. David Lesk - Posted by: David Lesk (Classmate in Medicine Hat) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • Yvonne, Neil was a lovely individual who showed me kindness and acceptance when I joined the copy desk rim (for a short time) at the Free Press in the late 1980s. I was so sorry to hear about his passing. - Posted by: Martha Helgerson (former colleague) on: Jun 02, 2020

  • Nicest man to have ever crossed the threshold of a newsroom. Say that confidently even though I’ve worked in only a handful. And I know I can say that on behalf of everyone who had the privilege of working with Neil. My condolences. You’ve lost a special man. - Posted by: Catherine Mitchell (Former FP co-worker) on: May 21, 2020

  • My deepest condolence to Neil’s Family. Neil and I sat side by side for many years at our Local Colour Art Group weekly. Neil was always kind, soft spoken and a real gentleman. He was very inspiring with his ability to paint people , children and related musical scenes. His presence Will be sadly missed. He was always willing to help individuals and the LCAG. R I P Neil - Posted by: Jerry Magnusson (Friend) on: May 19, 2020

  • I’m very sorry for the loss of your Neil. Any time our paths would cross he was always so very warm and friendly. I will remember best his warm smile and bright eyes that seemed to smile too. My heartfelt condolences to you and your son. - Posted by: Suzanne Erdelyi (Neighbour ) on: May 19, 2020

  • I’m remembering all the art classes Neil taught at St Matthews Maryland Community Ministry and all the event suppers Neil and I would visit at. Neil always had a smile. Such a lovely, generous, happy man. My deep sympathy to Yvonne and her and Neil’s family. - Posted by: Gerry Pearson (Friend) on: May 17, 2020

  • So Sorry Yvonne and for your family. We had some good times together in the good city of Winnipeg and here. Jim will miss Neil's postings on the internet. So many thoughts on Neil's talents. All the best to you in this time of grief. Jo-Ann and Jim - Posted by: Jo-Ann and Jim Symonds (Friend) on: May 17, 2020

  • We are so very sorry to hear about Mr. Naismith. He was such a kind gentle soul always made me feel welcome when I went there to visit Nancy .. Our heart is with u all .. Heather Kennedy ( Jackson) and Family ..🙏 - Posted by: Heather Kennedy (Nancy’s Father ) on: May 16, 2020

  • Yvonne, So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Barb Enders (Friend) on: May 16, 2020

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