With immense sorrow and heavy hearts, we convey the painful news of the passing of our beloved Al Neil—cherished Father, Grandfather, Husband, Uncle, Son, Brother, and Friend.
Al departed from this world on November 22, 2022, following a stroke. He leaves behind a legacy of love and is survived by his
devoted wife of 42 years, Carol, their children Jen (Jeremy) and Chris (Nicole), and his beloved grandchildren—Sydnee, Griffin, Luke, and Noah. Al’s loving mother, Esther, and his brothers Joe (Ginette), Dan (Trish), and Gary (Beryl), along with sister-in-laws Betty and Theresa (Doug) and numerous nieces and nephews, mourn his loss. He joins his late father, Carmen, mother-in-law Lena, and brother Bob in eternal rest.
Al was a man who effortlessly won the affection of all those who knew him. His warm presence, engaging conversations, and infectious laughter endeared him to everyone he encountered. In 1974, Al relocated to Alberta, where fate introduced him to Carol in 1975. Their union in June 1980 marked the beginning of a remarkable journey, as they built a life together in Sherwood Park, raising their family and forging cherished memories.
A passionate fisherman, Al’s love for fishing was a defining aspect of his life. His sheer dedication to spending a day on the water knew no bounds. Following retirement, Al found joy working at Cabelas, where his role in the fishing department never felt like work. Countless summers were devoted to camping and fishing, and he derived great pleasure from playing cribbage, always making time for a game or two. Al held a special place in his heart for dogs, and only a week after his passing, his loyal companion, Ruby, joined him in the beyond. As a family, we find solace in the belief that they are now reunited.
Above all, Al held family in the highest regard, extending unwavering support and
selflessness to those he loved. Expressing his affection through actions rather than words, he was ever-present for his family—offering rides, attending sporting events and dance shows, sharing family dinners, and spending quality time with his adored
grandchildren, often engaging in lively tickle fights that brought smiles and laughter to all. Furthermore, Al shared a remarkable connection with Santa Claus in the North Pole, eagerly assisting him during the holiday season. His dedication to this cause was evident in the extensive preparations he made throughout the year.
Al’s absence leaves an indelible void in the hearts of all who cherished him. The family
extends their heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate staff at the U of A Neuro ICU who cared for Al during his final moments. A celebration of Al’s life will take place on Sunday, June 25th, 2023, at the Ardrossan Senior Centre (21 Queen Street Ardrossan, AB) from 1-4 in the afternoon. A brief program will commence shortly after one, followed by an
invitation for all to stay and partake in Al’s favorite card game, Cribbage. In lieu of
flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made to Santa’s Anonymous.
Remembering Al, a true people person who found joy in life’s simple pleasures, we
encourage you to honor his memory by gathering together. Play a few rounds of cards, savor a refreshing beer with clam, indulge in some mouthwatering BBQ ribs, relish a
generous bowl of ice cream, and venture out onto the water to reel in a catch. In these moments, as you miss him the most, may Al’s spirit reside within you, bringing solace and preserving the everlasting bond you shared.