McNeill, Donald - Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Monday, May 24, 2021, Donald Duncan McNeill of London age 83. Dear husband of Sheila. Loving father of John (Shari), James, the late Jan Elizabeth Pritiko (2019), and father-in-law of John Pritiko. Cherished grandfather of Jason and Reid McNeill, Matthew (Anne-Marie) and Jameson (Kayla) Pritiko, and great-grandfather of Camryn Jan Pritiko. Also remembered by his sister Joanne.
Don was born December 26, 1937 in Timmins to Mary (Romanchuk) and Duncan Alexander McNeill. After he finished his schooling in Strathroy, Don and his father operated an ESSO station in Sarnia. In the early 60’s, they returned to Strathroy and operated McNeill Automotive. From the middle 60’s until 1994, Don ran several ESSO stations in London. Subsequently, he ran a promotional products business, McNeill & Associates. During his working years he belonged to the North London Kiwanis Club, London Curling Club and Sunningdale Golf Club.
Don also spent many hours working and enjoying golf tournaments for good causes, most notably the Lexus Tournament for Prostate Cancer.
Private interment St. John’s Cemetery, Arva. Memorial contributions to Dr. Joseph Chin’s Prostate Cancer Research (care of London Health Sciences Foundation, www.LHSF.ca) or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Bud and Phyllis Callahan
May 29, 2021, 12:46 pm
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Don.
Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.
The Callahan Family
Lesley, Rob and Austin Wagner
May 27, 2021, 6:45 pm
Sharing in your sadness as you remember Don. Don was a wonderful, kind and gentle man. Hope you can take comfort in knowing he was admired by many in your community. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Lesley, Rob and Austin Wagner - Whitby, ON
Inge & Don Desmarais
May 30, 2021, 10:27 am
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Sheila and family. Don always looked up to Don as a mentor during his many years working at the Esso Automotive Centre and later as friends throughout life and our connections through racing. Know that we are both thinking of you at this difficult time.
May 29, 2021, 11:22 am
Hi Sheila, was very sad to see that Don had passed. I have very fond memories of working with him over the years. He was a great mentor to many people. I remember when I first moved to London in 1975 there was this big guy in the Imperial Oil office with a booming voice who made me feel very welcome in a new environment. My condolences to you and the family.
June 15, 2021, 2:19 pm
I am writing belatedly to send our most heartfelt condolences on the passing of our dear friend Don from me and everyone else at Fortune Minerals Limited. I left a message on the Free Press obituary as well, but wanted to ensure that our message was forwarded after we heard the news.
Don first reached out to me looking for gold pans for a promotion he was doing for London Life. Don was a shareholder and supporter of our company and became a customer and friends ever since.
Do was a great guy and we always looked forward to his visits to the office to provide swag or just to talk. I know that Don had health issues for many years, but it was a great please to see him a year ago at the Burwell body shop when my car had been tagged.
Don will be sorrowfully missed by everyone here and I regret not being able to attend a visitation to let you know we were thinking of him and all of his family at this difficult time of mourning.
Rest Well Don
Best wishes from Robin
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