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Born: Jun 28, 1960

Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2021

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June 28, 1960 - July 14, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Pat McNeil, after a courageous two and a half year battle with cancer, at the age of 61.
Pat is survived by his loving wife Jo-Anne; daughters, Taylor and Sarah, pup Clarence; sister Missy Penner (Phil), nephews, Cole and Troy; sister Kay (Jamie Bileski); brother-in-law Tom (Francie) Brereton; Ron (Karen) Brereton, nieces, Tavia and Amy; stepsisters, Kelly (Vasco Gil); Lori Brandt; many nephews and a niece. Pat is also survived by his Uncle Al and many cousins.
Pat was sadly predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Anne McNeil, brother Mike, in-laws, Ron, Frida Brereton and Frieda Brandt-Brereton.
Pat grew up in East Kildonan on Greene Avenue attending St. Clements School, Neil Campbell School, John Henderson Junior High and Miles Macdonell Collegiate. Pat pursued post-secondary studies at the University of Winnipeg attaining his Bachelor of Art (Economics).
Pat worked as a manager for TD Canada Trust for 30 years winning one of their top awards. He retired in 2015. In his teenage years, Pat worked at Eaton's parkade and maintenance department.
Pat served as Board President of the Children's Rehabilitation Centre Foundation and was an executive member of the St. Boniface Wildlife Club. Over the years, Pat also spoke at a number of TD conferences on Diversity and Inclusiveness.
Pat was a Thalidomide baby born without any hands and malformed feet. Throughout his life he was not afraid to take on any challenges. Anyone fortunate to meet Pat was immediately amazed at his attitude and abilities. He truly was a role model and inspiration to others. There was nothing he wasn't willing to try. He truly was an amazing man.
Pat enjoyed participating in a number of sports throughout his life: volleyball, hockey, skiing, flag football, golfing and curling to name a few.
Pat had a passion for cars. He could tell you any make/model/year/features from decades ago. He enjoyed working on them and even rebuilt his '62 Acadian Convertible.
Pat was quite the handyman who loved to undertake projects. He had built decks at both his home and cottage. He completely refinished the interior of his cabin at Lester Beach. He enjoyed cabin life at Lester Beach for over 50 years. He will be greatly missed by the many lifelong friends.
Pat had an absolute gift for remembering stories and jokes. He had a great sense of humour and quick wit. He was fun to be around and enjoyed making people laugh.
When reflecting on Pat's life and accomplishments, he has tons to be proud of and has accomplished so much. However, his proudest would be his loving family. Throughout his battle, they have provided the love, strength and support to help him every step of the way. He fought lung and brain cancer with determination and dignity.
Pat would like to thank all his family and friends for their love and support.
Thank you to the doctors, nurses and health care aides at Grace Hospice, Riverview and CancerCare for the love and care. A special thank you to Dr. Joan Flood for her love and support throughout Pat's battle.
A private family service will be held, and at a later date, a Celebration of Life when restrictions allow.
Donations may be made in Pat's memory to Never Alone Foundation or Children's Rehabilitation Centre Foundation.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (29 entries)

  • I was so saddened to hear of the passing of one of my friends from childhood. A friend from the first day of kindergarten……all through school and even occasionally at the cottage for a while after graduation. I remember how much he loved it there. My sincere condolences to his wife and children and to his sisters Missy and Kay. Bruce Markham. - Posted by: Bruce (Markham) on: Aug 30, 2021

  • My very deepest sympathies to you, Jo-Anne, Sarah and Taylor. I had the great privilege of working with Pat at TD. He was an awesome man to work with. He had an incredible sense of humour and his laugh was amazing. One of the kindest times I remember is when my brother was in his last months of life, Pat took my opening and closing shifts at the bank and told me to spend as much time as I needed to be with my brother. That is a memory that has stayed with me. Pat was an amazing dad to his precious girls and a wonderful husband to Jo-Anne. He will be missed. Hugs. - Posted by: Joan Glover (Friend and co-worker) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • So sorry to read about Pat's passing. I met him several times with Jo-Anne - he was always such a warm and pleasant man and so talented! I remember Jo-Anne with great fondness and send my sympathies to Pat's family. - Posted by: Carole Osler (Colleague of Jo-Anne's at Misericordia) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • Pat & I met over 50 years ago out at Lester Beach. We became immediate friends and it has lasted over half a century!! We have shared good times and bad times, growing up from being kids, to teenagers, to young men & then responsible career minded married men with families. Pat was devoted to raising his beautiful daughters Taylor & Sarah and loved them immeasurably. His love for his beautiful wife Jo-Anne who is filled with grace & patience was deep & true to the full meaning of love. Pat was someone who could inspire those who were felt less than they really were. His heart was big and his laugh was infectious, you couldn’t help but laugh with him even if it was a dumb joke. Pat was a person of thalidomide birth but in all my years of knowing him I have NEVER heard the words “I can’t”. Pat has made an incredible life for himself with a beautiful family, beautiful home, a summer cabin that he did most of the work on, a professional career with TD Bank, reached out and spoke and promoted diversity in the work place and in this world. Pat has helped me on so many personal issues in my life and stood by me when others turned their backs. He was a True Brother!! Pat became part of the Bagley Family and was always Welcomed in any of our homes. He’s was loved by all of us. Pat was especially close to myself & my brother Brian. We affectionately referred to ourselves as “Brothers” and we truly were. Pat is leaving a tremendous void in all of our lives but his infectious laugh & love of life, family & friends will warm our hearts ♥️ and bring smiles to us inside and out. God Bless and Keep You Close Always .. Love Allen ♥️ - Posted by: Allen Bagley (Friend/Brother) on: Jul 21, 2021

  • I was extremely fortunate to have had a chance to work with Pat at TDCT for over 20+ years. I have many memories of stories shared while supporting his office over the years. Jo-Anne, Taylor, and Sarah- Reading about your fight to support Pat during his final weeks was an inspiration to all. My prayers and thoughts will always be there with you in these challenging times. - Posted by: Sabrina Castellano (Colleague ) on: Jul 21, 2021

  • Our friend Pat McNeil enjoyed life fearlessly and with intention. Pat is a dear friend of ours who retired from TD Bank the same day as I did. From Camp Fire to Retirement Party we have had a lot of fun together. For many years we bunked together at conferences around Canada. We had travelled to Phoenix attending a NFL game, tail gate parties and a NHL game. With plans to travel well into our retirement. Debbie and I were also blessed with sharing good times with Pat and his family. A proud father, cottage owner, a skillful handyman, and a hell of story teller. We will miss you Dale & Debbie Young - Posted by: Dale Young (Hey Buddy!) on: Jul 20, 2021

  • We want to offer our sincere condolences to Pat’s entire family. Though we did not get to know him personally, we know how much he was respected and loved based on stories we have heard from his family, specifically Missy & Phil, Cole & Troy. His legacy will live on through all of you. Thinking of you all and praying for comfort in this difficult time. - Posted by: Daryl and Karen Sheffield (Brother/sister-in-laws to Missy/Phil Penner) on: Jul 19, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences Jo-Anne, Taylor, and Sarah for your loss. Pat had such a positive impact on everyone, and he was a pleasure to be with. We are thinking of you during this very difficult and sad time. - Posted by: John & Karen Baldwin (Cousin) on: Jul 19, 2021

  • Pat was an amazing man, my sincere condolences - Posted by: William Leake (friend) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • My condolences to everyone that knew Patrick. His life was an inspiration; and his memory will live on in our minds and hearts. He was a gift to us all. - Posted by: Peter Dyck (Teacher MMC) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • There is nothing that can be said of losing a husband, father, relative or friend who was such a special person… I was lucky to have met and laughed with Pat. Please accept my sadness and condolences at your loss of a very classy man. - Posted by: Dena Sykes (Thalidomide friend) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • I've known Pat since High School and we had many fun times and were good friends. He was one of the most amazing friends I had since nothing ever deterred him from doing the things he loved. Pat was one of those amazing individuals and I and many of his friends never thought of him as disabled in any way, shape, or form.....His smile, laugh, thoughtfulness and friendship will be with me always and I am heartbroken for his wife and daughters. I know his legacy will live on in all of our lives but especially in his daughters.....His "can-do" attitude about life was inspirational. RIP dear friend. - Posted by: Jennifer Koury (nee Winiarz) (Friend) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • All of us at the Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada (TVAC) express our deepest sorrow at Pat's passing. His sunny disposition and comradeship will be truly missed. We lost one of our best. - Posted by: Gavin Bamber (Collegue) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • My condolences to Pat’s family and many friends. I attended the University of Winnipeg with Pat, and will always remember his great smile, his positive attitude, and his relentlessness at everything he did. We played football together, curled together, and, yes, partied together! Such a nice man, it saddens me deeply to hear of his passing. I will always remember you Pat, Rest In Peace my friend. - Posted by: Dave Hill (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • With deepest sympathy to you Jo-Anne and family. May happy memories of your life together sustain you in this very difficult time. - Posted by: Rosa Rakic (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathies to your family. I always enjoyed the time I spent with Pat, his laughter was contagious. His joy in his family was always evident and proudly talked about. He will be missed by many people who were fortunate enough to have known him. - Posted by: Cheryl and Randy Lawson (Coworker/friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Pat’s banking family is saddened by the news of his passing. Pat was a kind and generous gentleman. Pat had a wide circle of friends in the financial services industry. In his Banking career he was a winner having won a prestigious national award as a top banker. He was respected and appreciated, across Western Canada, by his fellow Bank Managers. My condolences, sympathy and prayers are with Pat’s family. - Posted by: Roger George (Banking colleague ) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • We had the honour of meeting dear Pat at Lester Beach. He was an awesome young man and was a dedicated husband and father. He will be sorely missed riding by in his red truck or just walking by to the beach with JoAnne. Always a wave and hello. Our hearts go out to you all in the loss of such a special man!! - Posted by: Carol and Glenn Chudley (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • We are all so sorry for the loss of Pat. He was such a cheerful, kindhearted, and wonderful man. Our deepest and most sincere sympathies to you Jo-Anne, Sarah and Taylor. With utmost respect, Lisa, Louie, Aaron and Andrea - Posted by: Lisa and family (neighbours) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Jo-Anne, Taylor and Sarah I am so sad to hear that Pat has passed. I met Pat in junior high and then we reconnected when our children Tyler and Taylor attended the same daycare when they were toddlers until starting kindergarten. Pat was always the most upbeat, fun guy to have around. He will be missed by many. Our sincere condolences, Kathy and Tyler Eden - Posted by: Kathy Eden (Boles) (friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Pat was an incredibly strong & courageous man who was such an inspiration to so many. We feel blessed that we were lucky enough to call Pat our friend and he will forever be in our hearts, our memories & missed always. Our condolences & much love to Jo-Anne, Taylor, Sarah & Missy. - Posted by: Trev, Karen & Mathew Ellchuk (Friends) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. You all are in our prayers and thoughts. Bob Healey and Gail Kotowich - Posted by: Gail Kotowich (Friends) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • I worked with Pat at the Bank for many years and it was always a good day to come into work and see his smiling face. When my ex husband and I had a lawn care company Pat hired us to do his spring cleaning each year and no matter how dirty we were we always had to come in for a drink and sit down for a chat. Hours would fly by but there were fun times. He was a remarkable man and will be missed. Cherish your memories of him each day. With deepest condolences to his family. - Posted by: Sherry Robinson (Former Co-Worker) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Very sorry to hear of his passing. God bless you all at this difficult time. - Posted by: Eileen Huggins (school friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Our heartfelt condolences to you his family. I met Pat in 1993 thru my wife Brigitte at their usual dart night and immediately had a new friend. Fast forward a few years and Pat was our bank manager and he made a business transaction feel like friends sitting across a table sharing a cup of coffee and he did this with all his clients. Didn’t matter where we met , Pat always started the conversation with questions about family and couldn’t wait to tell you about how proud he was of his daughters. Pat you are a force that everyone who crossed paths with you will be richer for it. Heaven has gained a prince , till we meet again thank you for you Brigitte, Joe Missalino - Posted by: joe missalino (Friend ) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • I had the honour of working with Pat for many years at TD. He was a remarkable man, he will be missed. My sincere condolences. - Posted by: Colleen Comeau (Former co worker) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • I had the honour of working with Pat for many years at TD. He was a remarkable man, he will be missed. My sincere condolences - Posted by: Colleen Comeau (Former co worker) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Our sympathy to you Jo and your family. Although we did not know Pat he sounds like he was an amazing husband and father. Our thoughts are with you all. Treasure your many memories made with him. He was a brave man. - Posted by: Deb and Bruce Johnson (Ex-coworker of Jo-Ann) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • I’m so very sorry hear of your husband’s passing, Jo-Anne. Extending my sympathies to you, your daughters and your family. - Posted by: Lorri Dahl (Colleague) on: Jul 17, 2021

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