Neil Thomas Duncan McMillan, born on May 31, 1931 in New Westminster, BC, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2008 in Campbell River, BC. He was predeceased by his father, Neil McMillan in 1976, his mother, Gladys McMillan (Nee Calow) and his brother, Calvin McMillan, both in 1985. Neil is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Catherine (nee Reed); his children, David (Mary), Donna-Marie (Dennis), Dale (Rita), Duane (Karen), and Danny (Debbie). Also, several grandchildren, Devery-Marie, Reanna, Kelsey, Thomas, Travis, Kevin, Kaitlin, Meagan, Shaeden, Calli, and Abby.
He is also survived by his brother Glen (Corrine) and his Aunt and Uncle Ethel and Art Calow. Neil was the eldest of three brothers. He attended Vancouver College Catholic School where he excelled in Football and Basketball. He left Vancouver for Ocean Falls with his parents in 1951. In Ocean Falls he met and fell in love with his bride-to-be, Catherine (Kitty). Neil and Kitty lived in Ocean Falls for the next 30 years raising their 5 children. Neil was actively involved in the community coaching the Charmers and Chieftains basketball teams and softball teams as well as competing in basketball, softball, and soccer. During his time in Ocean Falls Neil worked in the sawmill, the booms and groundwood. Neil and his family left the “Falls” in 1979 and moved to Campbell River where he worked in Elk Falls Mill until his retirement in 1996.
Neil was known by many people up and down the coast. He was respected for his physical abilities and the way he treated people…always with respect. He will always be remembered for his smile and the joy he brought to others with his presence.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Neil at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 34 Alder Street, Campbell River, BC, on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 11:00am with Reverend Father Alfredo Monicelli, Celebrant. Burial will follow at the Elk Falls Cemetery. A Reception will follow the services at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 301-11th Avenue, Campbell River, BC. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a donation to the Vancouver Kidney Patients Association, Box 5145 Station B, Victoria, BC, V8R 6N4, would be appreciated.
Campbell River Funeral Home
In Care of Arrangements