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H. NEIL ALMDAL
Neil was born in Winnipeg in 1928 to Ivy and Theodor Almdal. He was the second of five boys. He grew up in Elmwood, attended St. John's High School and spent many rambunctious summers at the family lake near Beaconia, Manitoba, with his four brothers.
In 1945 he met the love of his life, Shirley, and spent the next 76 years building a life and family with her. This January they celebrated their 70th anniversary.
He will be sadly missed and remembered by his loving wife Shirley; children Tim (Donna), Nancy (Al), Sheila and Howard (Mandy); grandchildren Tovah, Ashley (Warren), Brittany (Bobby), Gregg (Kim), Emma, Spencer and Ava; great-grandchildren Blake, Jackson and Declan. He is also survived by his brother Bill (Rose);
sister-in-law Joan; and many nieces and nephews of whom Uncle Neil was a loving and supportive influence on their lives. He was predeceased by his parents;, brothers, Jim, Larry and John; sister-in-law Dorothy; brother-in-law Gerry; niece Heather; nephews Michael Almdal and Michael Mensforth.
In 1957 Neil joined Equitable Life and spent the next 42 years working in and supporting the life insurance profession. He was recognized locally and nationally as a man of integrity and for his pursuit of excellence. One of his most proud achievements was the establishment of the Insurance Council of Manitoba of which he was one of the original signatories and board members. Neil was also a board member of the Canadian Diabetes and the Manitoba Museum.
Family was everything to Neil. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and
great-grandfather. Being involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren brought him immense joy.
The family would like to thank all the caring staff at the Simkin Centre for their loving, kind and compassionate care of Dad and for the unwavering support of our family.
Neil was a kind and gentle man and will be missed by all who knew him. Dad, go in peace. We miss you. You will always be with us.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made Siloam Mission, Simkin Centre or to a charity of your choice.
Due to COVID-19, a celebration of a life well lived will be held at a future date.
THOMSON "IN THE PARK"
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2021
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Tim, Nancy and Howard: We just learned of your father's death in the past few days. He lived a great life and was a much help to us in the Green Clinic in Cranbrook. We enjoyed our time with him and your mother over the years and spent many happy hours together in addition to the time spent on business. Your Dad helped us in many ways and was a mentor to us as we attempted to establish our business. I am sure that you have many great memories of him. Our best to all of you. John and Vivian - Posted by: John and Vivian Rayson (Cranbrook) on: Jan 30, 2021
Have known Neil for many years and and saddened by his passing. He was always a great person to talk with and always had a smile. My condolences to his family and know he will be missed. Tom Morrison (Canada Life) - Posted by: Tom Morrison (friend) on: Jan 30, 2021
Neil was our insurance agent since medical school and also became a good friend. It was always a pleasure to have him appear in the office or explain a new insurance wrinkle to us in our home. He was a superb agent, an equally supberb individual and it was a pleasure to have known him and to have our insurance needs cared for in his capable hands. Per ardua ad astra....Sincere condolances to Shirley and family. Merv & Marilyn Letts Ottawa (formerly Winnipegers) - Posted by: Merv & Marilyn Merv Letts (friend and client) on: Jan 30, 2021
Shirley and Family Roy and I will be forever grateful to Neil for his sincerity, his knowledge and most of all how much he cared about us and our family. Neil truly cared about the importance of our family’s well being and we gratefully accepted his advice. After moving from Winnipeg to Cranbrook in 1969, Neil and, often times, Shirley, travelled to Cranbrook to meet with us to review our policies. We were always so pleased to hear from them and looked so forward to their visit! Neil cared about us and our three children, always asking about them by name. Then, it was our turn to ask about his and Shirley’s family. I will always remember his joy in announcing Tova’s birth! His smile went from ear to ear! Neil emanated goodness and truth. He will be with us always. - Posted by: Roy and Trudy Messing (Clients and Friends) on: Jan 30, 2021
Neil was a great guy, kind & considerate. It was my pleasure to have known Neil over the years. He will be missed. - Posted by: Glen Ambrose (Friend @ McNaught Cadillac, Buick, GMC) on: Jan 30, 2021
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