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Passed On May 7, 2022
On May 7, 2022, after a long and well lived life, Neil Matthewman McDermot died peacefully.
Neil lived life with spirit and a love of humour, despite the heartache of losing his wife June and son Jeff.
Daughter Laurel Mollison will miss her father. Although my dad was a traditional man of the 1950s, he readily included me in his world of fishing and hunting when I was a child.
I learned how to use power tools and appreciate a good joke.
The best gift he gave me was the love of horses, my source of peace and strength. Dad loved to laugh with his son-in-law Bruce Mollison. They shared a passion for hockey and strategized on every coach decision, whether it was one of his grandson Scott's teams or the Winnipeg Jets. Thank You Dad
Neil's memory will be cherished by granddaughter Leigh Mollison. Grandpa and me would often take road trips out of town for lunch at some little diner he had heard about. On the way back, with bellies full, we would have a sing along to our favourite duets, Kenny and Dolly, the Judds or our favourite George Michael and Aretha Franklin (finger wags and all)
He leaves to mourn grandson Scott Mollison (Christina) and great-granddaughters, Aliah, Cattya, Adriana.
Neil grew up surrounded by a large and boisterous family. He is survived by his amazing sister Rhoda Perry and loving sister Dawn Schibler
Dad made friends easily and loved them with all his heart. Characters named Hicks, Cordy, Don Frame, and Paul were the center of many of his stories.
His position at Air Canada brought about another treasured collection of friends. Gloria Ingram worked with my dad at Air Canada and became his best friend in 2008.
Neil was a driver and loved going to Gimli for lunch at Omas or nice pickerel dinner. Loved going to Steinbach Golf Course for lunch and hitting a few golf balls or driving to Selkirk and going to Barney Gargles with me. He enjoyed his weekends at Cornerstone Estates and particularly enjoyed sitting outside on the Swing for two and attending the Christmas parties and barbecues there. He loved the summers and being outdoors.
Special thanks to Dr. Basili at Arrowwood Medical Centre for the superb care he gave to Neil. Neil said he couldn't have found a better doctor. Our family would also like to acknowledge the Victoria General Hospital and especially nurse Ashley for their kindness and compassion.
According to Dad's wishes, cremation and interment has taken place at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, if so moved, a donation "in memory of Neil McDermot" may be made to the Rotary Club of Winnipeg - Charleswood is working to bring Ukrainian children safely to Canada through the Bridge of Hope Ukraine - Family Support Project.
Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts Happy Trails to you (Song by Roy Rogers)
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2022
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Neil was a most wonderful neighbour and friend. He was such a delight to chat with and always so kind. We still miss him on Farwell Bay. Sad to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Sharyn Russell (Neighbour) on: May 29, 2022
Although it's been years since I saw Laurel (never her family) or Neil's "buddy" Gloria my heart goes out to them and their families. Neil was more to me than an "uncle" - he was more like a brother and I will most certainly miss him, his sense of humour, and most of all his style of dress - nobody could look as good when he presented himself. Rest in peace my friend !!!!! - Posted by: Brad Strome (Nephew) on: May 23, 2022
Neil was a great neighbour and always had a smile and a great sense of humour. Condolences to the family . - Posted by: Ed and Shirley Zacharias (Neighbours) on: May 22, 2022
Our deepest sympathies to Neil’s family and friends. Your beautifully written obituary says it all. Such a gentleman was he. May your wonderful memories bring you all comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Glenn and Cathy Cordy (Friends of the family) on: May 21, 2022
My deepest sympathy to Gloria and all the family. It has been a rough time for you all these past few years. Neil will be welcomed in Heaven by his buddies and friends. We enjoyed our fun time in Hawaii with June & Neil Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but Love leaves memories no one can steal and may all your wonderful memories somehow sustain you in your time of sorrow. - Posted by: Marlyn Harding (Friend) on: May 21, 2022
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