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Neil J. (Mac) Macaskill


Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 29 Apr 1932, Arvida, Quebec


Died: 06 Jun 2021, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


MACASKILL, Neil J. (Mac) - Age 89 of Dartmouth. It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Neil on June 6, 2021 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Neil was married to Joyce (Cameron) for 66 years, who unfortunately passed away in 2019. Neil was born in Arvida, Que. to Roderick and Alice MacAskill in April 1932. He was predeceased by sisters, Sadie and Viola and is survived by brothers, Hugh (Barb), Victor (Margie), Winston (late Racheal) and sister, Bernice (Bill) Naylor; sons, Dan (Patricia) and Tom; beloved grandchildren, Jeff and Kimberley (Sheldon) Lidstone; great-grandchildren, Paige, Anthony and Ethan Lidstone. Neil had a 41 year career in the Canadian Armed Forces. As a young seaman in 1950 he started his career in Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands. Dad was a crew member on many ships in his early career, one in particular being HMCS LABRADOR. In 1954 it became the first large Canadian ship to circumnavigate the Northwest Passage and then rounded the continent. It was a total of 18,000 miles. He retired as Master Warrant Officer in 1975. He said one day he took off his uniform and the next day he transferred to the Supplementary Reserve and took on the role of teaching communications until his official retirement in 1992 as Chief Petty Officer 2. In the early days Neil participated in coaching ball, hockey and was involved in Scouts. Upon retirement Neil was involved with Halifax Wildlife Association and was a big participant in organizing the first Fish-a-Rama for children at Red Bridge Pond in Dartmouth. This ended up being a yearly event held in June. Neil and Joyce were very involved in Dartmouth Volksmarching. They were also early morning risers counting and watching out for the Piping Plovers. Neil was also very proud of his own locker at the Dartmouth Sportsplex as he was one of the original members. Neil had his own piece of paradise on Soles Lake, Chezzetcook. He always loved the water and he would be in the water swimming before the ice was out. He had a friendly wave for every passer by and those who were lucky to stop by were greeted with a smile, a joke or two and just maybe a little something to quench your thirst. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions a celebration of Neilís life will be held at a later date. A private family burial will be held. Memorial donations in Neilís memory can be made to Diabetes Canada. (Saltwaire Network 09 Jun 2021)


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