Joseph MacNeil

Born: Sat., Sep. 20, 1941
Died: Mon., Jul. 27, 2020

Graveside Service

Location: St. Joseph Cemetery Sydney Mines

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CPO2 (Ret’d), CD2  Joseph MacNeil 78, Sydney Mines

It is with deep sadness that we, his family announce the crossing of the bar of Joseph MacNeil after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.  Just like Joe, he fought to the bitter end.
Born in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, NS on Sept 20, 1941.  He was the son of the late Lawrence and Cathleen (Tutty) MacNeil.

Joe enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in June of 1959, at the tender age of 17.  He served on several ships including: HMCS BonaventureX2, Yukon, Bras D’or, Huron and MacKenzie.  Joe loved the RCN and excelled from the onset, achieving “Top Recruit”, December 1959.  His many years in the RCN afforded him to travel the world and enjoy postings in Halifax, NS on the East Coast, Victoria, BC on the West Coast, and to our nations capital, Ottawa, Ont.  

His early years in the Navy, Joe excelled in boxing holding the Atlantic Command Lightweight Championship.  He has coached and judged Amateur Boxing for Nova Scotia and British Columbia for several years.  In the early 1980’s CPO2 Joe MacNeil was the head coach of the West Coast Gun Run Team, which was a very rewarding appointment for his naval career.  The “Chief” retired from the RCN in 1986 after accepting a position in Test and Trials at Saint John Ship Building where he spent several years on the Canadian Patrol Frigate Program.  During his time in NB he trained the Saint John U14 Girls Soccer team with head coach and long-time friend CP02 Bryce Reid (Ret’d) where they held the Maritime Championship Title and competed for a National Title.  

As an extremely hardworking man who never feared any task, he built his own home with help from family and friends, then in turn assisted several family members and friends building their homes, always lending a helping hand.

He was preceded by his parents Lawrence and Cathleen MacNeil, brothers Lonnie, Bobby, Jack and Normie.  Also by his first wife Nanda Sampson.

He is survived by his loving spouse, Donna Blinkhorn with whom Joe spent the last 13 years enjoying his life on Ocean Street with Donna and family.

He is also survived by his 6 children with whom he loved so much and talked about often, Jimmy (Deborah), Roger (Monica), Joe (Leeann), Bobby ( Janice), Rudy and daughter Nanda (Kris).  Poppy to all his special grandchildren Courtney, Meriah, Shanna Mary, Jesse, Samson, Colin, Emma, Kai and precious Great grandchildren Tesla, Raiya, Lily, Joseph and Jaydan.

He is also survived by his brother Danny (Debbie), sisters, Theresa Andrea (Ted), Kay Hickey and Sally Sampson (Jimmy).  

As per Joe’s request, there will be no visitation.  There will be a Graveside Service on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, York Street, Sydney Mines at 10 am.  In Lieu of Flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at

We honor the life that was lived to the full
We honour a spirit, now free
You’ll long be remembered, whenever we say,
“Fair winds and a following sea”

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Craig Hodder
   Posted Tue July 28, 2020
Please accept our heart felt condolences, Joe was a great friend and much appreciated. He will be remembered always.

lawrence mac phee
   Posted Tue July 28, 2020
sending condolences to the family and friends of joe.sorry for your loss

Vincent James maclean
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
Served with joe 1960=1964 good man many memories rip vince

Mellodee Aubrecht
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
Dearest Jimmy, Roger, "Little" Joe, Bobby, Nanda and Rudy....
Sending my most sincere condolences at the loss of your Dad.
He did indeed love you all and was always so VERY proud of each and every one of you.
My heart is with you, during your sad time of loss....
Sincerest condolences as well, to the MacNeil family in it's entirety...
I do know how you ALL loved Joseph so very're in my thoughts.
Rest In Peace Joseph.

Sandy and Agnes Scott
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
MacNeil Families . Sincerest condolence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Jim MacNeil
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
My sincere condolences on the loss of my old friend Cousin Joe. We had been chums since 1950 when he used to visit me while living with my grandparents in Sydney Mines. Always remembered, a sad time for all of us - RIP old friend.

Adrian and Gloria Blinkhorn
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
Deepest sympathy to the macneil family. Hugs to all

Gordon and Florence Rose
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
Joe will be missed by my mom and our family. He was always a kind and generous person. Always smiling and asked how everyone was doing and generally cared about you. He will be sadly missed. Smooth sails ahead, rest in peace Joe.

Barb and Steve Clarke
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Sending you lots of hugs and hope that all the memories you have will hold him close to your heart.

Christine MacCuish
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy To All MacNeil Families...... Sincerely Christine

Wanda and Chuck Bond
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
The old homestead is not the same without Joe's smiling face and kind words. He will be sadly missed by all of us Wanda, Chuck, Paige, Summer, Eric and Jaydan. The Chief is sailing again.

Jim and Sandra (Galpin) Redmond
   Posted Fri July 31, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the MacNeil families.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim and Sandra Redmond
Campbell River, BC

Candace MacNeil
   Posted Fri July 31, 2020
Deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of a great man. Always loved Uncle Joe. God bless you all in your time of pain. Love you Candace and Connie.

Marion Tutty Sibley
   Posted Fri July 31, 2020
Sorry for your loss, condolences to the Mac Neil family, may he rest in piece.

Bill & Bett Lynch
   Posted Fri July 31, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. Sailed with Joe on the Bonnie and worked together at Saint John Shipbuilding, always good times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Smooth sailing Joe.

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