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Obituary for Pius Gilbert "Gil" McNEIL

McNEIL: Pius Gilbert “Gil” McNeil, 82, of Shakespeare passed away suddenly at his residence on Monday, September 11, 2023.
He was born at Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on August 31, 1941 a son of the late Pius and Mary Oblenia (Watson) McNeil.

Gil was the Charter President of the Optimist Club of Shakespeare in 1973; a former member of North Easthope Township Council; a former member of the Shakespeare Volunteer Fire Department; a former partner and general manager of Aikins-Brewer Lumber Company in Shakespeare.

He married Ruth (Taylor) McNeil at Kincardine on July 17, 1965. She predeceased him on December 19, 2020.

Gil is survived by two sons, Chris (Neera), Michael (Cheryl); four grandchildren, Aliya, Shaun, Karina and Amber; four sisters, Erma, Florence, Angie, Jane; one brother, Raymond.

He was predeceased by his sister, Oblenia “Obie” and his brother Robert.

Relatives and friends are invited to a “Celebration of Life” visitation which will be held at Shakespeare Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 1 – 4 pm. A graveside service will be held at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, North Easthope at 4.30 pm. The Rev. Rob Congram will officiate.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Optimist Club of Shakespeare would be appreciated and may be made through the Francis Funeral Home, Tavistock by calling 519-655-2431or by e-transfer to the following account: Personal condolences can be posted at