MacNEIL – Bertram Joseph, 63, of Liverpool, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Sunday, November 8, 2015.
Born in Liverpool, he was a son of the late Bertram J. and Pearl (Dexter) MacNeil.
Bert will be fondly remembered for his love of life. He lived life his way. He was a volunteer fire fighter for 14 years and a member of the Queens Ground Search and Rescue for 13 years. Bert was a machinist by trade. Over the years, he worked at STENPRO, Nova Scotia Power and Bowaters. Later in life, he was able to fulfill a life long dream. He travelled across Canada working as a machinist in ON., AB., BC., ending his career in Thompson, MN with Mutschel Bros.
In his younger years, Bert enjoyed hunting and fishing and times spent at the Garden Road with the “crew”, camp fires and fun times with family and friends. His guitar playing of “House of the Rising Sun”, will always be a fond memory. After returning to Nova Scotia, he loved watching his grandchildren grow and Sunday suppers with his family. Bert was always up for a good chat and a cheers with the boys on Friday afternoon at “the Alley”. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.
He is survived by his loving daughters Erin (Matthew) MacNeil-Fisher of Milton; Amber (Tony) Roy of Brooklyn; his precious grandchildren Tyrone, Torian, Tyreese, Rayea and Alexis; his sister/niece Michele (Darrel) Richards of Liverpool; his brother William “Bill” (Anne) of Bridgewater. And his last true love Mary Ann Wolfe of Ontario.
He was predeceased by his sister Karen and brother David.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. Funeral service will be Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Chandlers’ Funeral Chapel, Liverpool. Reception to follow. Burial will be in Zion United Cemetery, Payzant Street, Liverpool. Family flowers only, donations may be made to IWK-Grace Hospital, Halifax. Special thanks to Dr. Cosh and the staff of Queens General Hospital. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com. “When I hit the road, I never looked back except for holidays; my heart was always here.”
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Eileen and Ron White
Erin and Amber and families there are no words right now that will help you with the loss of your Dad but when you set and think about your Dad just remember how much he adored you both but try to remember he isn’t suffering anymore Bert was a great guy and he will be missed by many and as he leaves a hole in your heart he has put smiles on many faces and we are proud to call him our friend and the world just got sadder without him in it. Bert you always were suppose to be there so we could toast our birthdays. Sleep well dear friend.
Dennis "Pat" and Wendy Gaskell
Sorry to hear Bert has passed. Lot’s of good memories of when we were young. Our prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.
Mildred & Pat Clements (Trainor)
To Bill & Michelle and the rest of Bert’s family: I was so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing. I remember Karen & I pushing him around in his carriage when he was about 4 or so. How he survived our ‘rides’ is beyond me. I remember his going beyond to bring a mutual friend and I together at Karen’s 50th birthday party. Remember all the good times and know he is in a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Millie & Pat
Rest well my friend. Your wit a presence will be missed.
Erin and Amber: you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
It is reassuring however that your Dad was a unique individual that touched all that knew him in his own special way.
He lived life the way he wanted to. Couldn’t ask for anything more.
I`m very sorry to hear of Bert`s passing. He was a great friend and I have many fond memories of him.
My thoughts are with you.
David and Helen Fox
Sorry to here of Bert’s passing. We were all friends since children, a lot of memories.RIP
Pat and Linda Neal
We are both sorry for your Loss…..Bert was a great guy to know…to chat.. and to work with..Many a lunch hour was spent on machining problems and answers and Bert always had a simple and pragmatic way through…His acceptance of a strange pair of Limey’s was always appreciated…RIP mate……
Doug and Tracey Bowers
Sorry to hear the passing of your dad .. His daughters Amber and Erin my heart goes out to you and your families may he rest and be at peace watch over your family he will always be with you in your heart memories my deepest sympathy to you all . ♥️
Amber, Tony and Alexis,
So saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. It is one of the hardest things to go though but his memories will be with you forever and he’s always in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are of you and your family. Xxx
Lisa & Jeff Zwicker
My Condolences to the Family
may you rest well in the arms of the lord ole buddy…until we meet again…cheers
I am so sorry to hear about Bert. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time . His memory will always live on through the hearts of you Erin and Amber and also his grandchildren. RIP Bert ❤️
Amber , Erin and Families,
My prayers are with you all .Bert was a wonderful Father ,Grandfather and Friend ! RIP Bert .
Geraldine and Harry Cunningham.
Sorry to hear about Bert passing , Alway’s a friendly Guy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Will miss him as a friend on FB.
Janet and George Fletcher
We were sorry to hear about Bert. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.
I.m very sorry to hear of Bert.s passing. My condolences to the family.
Danny & Diana Hirtle
So very sorry to hear about Bert. Danny and I send our sympathies to the family at this sad time. May he rest in peace.
Amber, Lexi and Family,
Much love and prayers to you at this very difficult time! Xo
Sending condolences to the family at this sad time. I’m so very sorry to hear of Bert’s passing. We grew up together in the same neighborhood and I have fond memories throughout our school years as well…Bert was always so friendly to everyone. Rock on my friend!
I am so sorry for your loss. Although he will be deeply missed, I hope the memories will help ease the pain. Much love to you all. May he R.I.P.
My heart goes out to you, Erin and Amber. Wishing you strength through this tough time. RIP Bert. Thanks for the memories.
No words can express how I feel with the passing of Bert. So many good and fond memories when you all lived next door. You can have friends,,but true friends are hard to find,,Bert was a true friend..Gone Bert but never forgotten.
RIP- my friend
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Trina and John Langley
Sorry for your loss.Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Knew Bert up in Thompson, great guy and great friend
RIP cousin Bert. Thinking of your family and friends in this difficult time.
Eddie and Evie Fisher
Sorry for your loss Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
To Bert’s Family,
Truly sorry for your loss, Bert sure had a quiet and gentle way of getting his point across
and then give you that little smile , that only he could do , R.I.P. Bert .
Richard and Tish .
So sad to hear of Bert’s passing. I, too, remember the good times we all had on the Garden Road. No more suffering, no more pain. Hugs to all.
Murray & Myrna Wigglesworth
To the Family – Our sincerest condolences to the Family. Bert and I spent most of our school years as friends and although we lost touch later, we did touch base in later years while he was in western Canada. It was always good to talk to him whenever the opportunity allowed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family during these difficult times.
so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Erin, Amber and family – I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father/grandfather. Bert was always full of life. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.
My deepest sympathy at the loss of your father.
I know you and he were very close.
So sorry for your family’s loss. I know my Dad will always cherish the friendship he had with Bert. Xo
Erin,Amber & families.so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing.He lived life & he lived it his way.Gone but not forgotten.Carry him in your hearts.
Erin, Amber and families. I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all that knew him. Hold on to your fond memories. Xoxo
My Sincere Condolences,
So surprized to hear of Bert’s passing. My deepest condolences to the family. I known him since we we kids & had a lot of laughs with him, both at work & play. He was a great guy. May God give each of you the comfort you need to get through this great loss. 🙁
Mary Anne Wolfe
My sincere condolences are being sent to Erin,Amber and their Families.I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, keeping you all in my thoughts. Bert was a kind, witty person, he never had to think very long for an answer. He made Friends easily everywhere we went.I have enough fond memories to last my life time. R.I.P. my Friend until we meet again.I will always keep my thumbs out ( and you know why ) I am going to say this one last time, good night Dear, sleep well, I love you, xo
So sorry, to hear of Bert’s passing. We grew up together and attended LRHS. He was always the comic and never seemed to get angry. We had just started getting to know each other on Facebook, again.Condolences to the family.
Sorry for your loss .
Erin & Amber
What can I say? We all have great memories of the weekends on the Garden Road, sing songs, swimming at the lake, corn boils, etc and of course, trimming your 12 foot Christmas Tree. When your father picked (not strummed) “The House of the Rising Sun” it brought tears to eyes every time. May he rest in peace and may we all think only of the good times now.
Dear Erin,Amber and families,
Thinking of you.I know the feeling of loosing a dad.When I lost mind,it also was on Nov 8th.When I saw you come to the hospital the other night my heart was certainly with you and still is.
Mike and Donna West
Erin, Amber and families,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. RIP Bert.
Murray and Donna Rolfe
To the family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time in your lives.RIP Bert.
Erin,Amber and family.Sorry for your loss.He was a wonderful man.Xoxo
Sylvia M. Langille
Dear Erin, Amber, Michelle & families,
So sorry to hear about cousin Berts passing! Mom,Dad and I spent many hours at Bud and Pearls when I was young.He was always teasing! He can rest in peace now! Take care!
Sylvia & Mike
Harry and Cheryl Kennickell
Erin, Amber and families,
We extend our most sincere condolences to you. Bert was always someone you could talk to and have a laugh or two with. We did that on a number of occasions. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. May God give you comfort and peace .
Frank & Janet Merry -Smith
Michelle, so sorry to hear of the passing of Bert. Our thoughts go out to You and your Family and the Mac Neil Family. I am sure Bert will be greatly missed by all who new Him. Please take care ! RIP Bert . Sending Love from Frank and Janet Smith..xo
To the MacNeil Family, my most sincere condolences. I met Bert with the rest of the “crew” on the Garden Road many years back and will always carry fond memories of those times. Bert was always an open and accepting person, always ready for a laugh and a good game of cards. He will be missed!
Erin , Amber , Michele and Families,
I don’t need to say how much Bert meant to me as you all know I thought of him as a brother ….I offer my deepest and sincerest condolences on his passing….I will always remember the good times ….past and present…God bless…
Dear Billy and family, So sorry to hear about Bert! My thoughts are with you and your family! Take care! Sylvia and Mike
Curtis & Nancy Daury
To Bert’s Family
We were so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing. We were to the hospital Saturday and told him we would see him again on Monday. We were so shocked and sad to hear he was gone. He was a wonderful person and had a great sense of humor.
Billy and Family…………I was so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing……….. my sincerest condolences to you and your family… my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time..God Bless…
Dave & Jocelyn Broughm
To Erin, Amber & Family: We knew your Dad from way back and thought he was a really nice guy. We have fondly remembered a time on a few occassions when we went to a Dance with both your Parents and had a blast..One thing is for sure your Dad knew how to have a great time and could make us all laugh till we were in stitches. We were sad to hear of his passing. Our deepest sympathies are will you all…..Dave & Jocelyn Broughm
Carolyn and Arnold Weagle
Hi Amber and Aaron
So sorry Arnold and I were unable to attend Bert’s funeral on Friday. Arnold was in the hospital (now home). We will miss our Sunday visits with your father and will miss him. Hold your family tight and god bless!
Paul, Mary Lou and Brandon
Erin, Amber, Billy & Anne, Michelle and family
Our hearts are broken to learn of Bert’s passing. We know he endured some rough days during the last months of his life. We know he is now reunited with the family members and his loved ones who preceded him. Bert’s family meant the world to him.
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you all. We share in the grief and feeling of loss. We know Bert is at rest now as his new journey begins in the far country. Lots of love. May the blessings be.