Alexander “Alex Grace” MacNeil

Alexander “Alex Grace” MacNeil

Alexander “Grace” MacNeil left us peacefully on March 21, 2017 at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with his family by his side at the age of 84.

Born to the late Daniel and Grace (Hawley) MacNeil on August 21, 1932 in Rankinville, step son to Duncan Rankin. Alex left Mabou as a young man and eventually settled into a career in hard rock mining working in Elliot Lake,Sudbury and Timmins


Alex met his best friend, Catherine in 1957 who ultimately became his wife in 1958. Married for 58 years they made a home for their children in Sudbury Ontario before retiring “Home” to his beloved Mabou.

Alex cared for all of his friends and loved his family dearly, his door was always open and Alex could always be relied upon for a helping hand or a good word. Throughout his career Alex made many lasting friendships and will be remembered as a genuinely happy person with a quick smile, infectious laugh and a constant twinkle in his eye. Alex loved a good party, family gatherings and photo shoot opportunities to collect the perfect “memories” He enjoyed harness racing, fiddle music, a good hockey game, a night out playing cards and catching up with Victor Newman and Judge Judy.

A forth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Alex held the title of Secretary and will be missed by his Brother Knights. Alex was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish and his faith was very important to him.

He was the last surviving member of his family and is now reunited with his parents and siblings.

Alex was predeceased by his sisters Catherine (Duncan) MacLeod, Elizabeth (Frank Lynch) and Nelly (Murray Hollaran)

He is survived by his wife Catherine  (MacDonald) and their children Greg, Peterborough, ON; Danita, Toronto, ON; Brian, Sudbury, ON; Jackie, Sudbury, ON and Ian, Mabou; grandchildren Victoria, Danielle, Alison, Rebecca, Sandy, Kendall; great grandchildren Macie, Ethan, Sophia, Kelton, Ella, Emmett, Keegan, Eiah and a large circle of extended family and friends with many lasting memories.

Alex will be sorely missed and always loved and never forgotten.

Resting in the Vestry of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Mabou on Friday March 24 from 4-8pm. Funeral Mass will be offered Saturday March 25 at 11 a.m. from St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mabou, with Rev. Bernie MacDonald presiding.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Parish or charity of choice

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury.

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