DOREEN NEVILLE

DOREEN NEVILLE

Doreen Neville died suddenly August 27th at the age of 81 in Fairbanks Alaska while on vacation.  She was the dearly loved mother of Peter (Sharon) and Tony Neville, both living in Kelowna, and was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Alan Henry Neville in May 2002.  She will be missed. Doreen was born in Stockport, England July 31st, 1927 and met her future husband, Alan, during World War II while she was working at Woolworth’s.  It was love at first sight (on Alan’s part).  They married in June 1945 after the end of the war in Europe.  They had 2 children, Peter born in 1947 and Tony born in 1948.  Alan came to Canada as a technical expert in the winter of 1953 to work for Canadian Pacific, followed by the rest of the family in the spring of 1954.  They settled in Montreal. During the family’s many years in the Montreal area, Doreen helped the finances by working while simultaneously looking after her children and house while Alan worked long hours furthering his career and earning a university degree.  A deep love between Alan and Doreen kept the household stable through thick and thin.  Life was good. After Peter and Tony left home, Alan was transferred to Toronto.  Tragedy struck a few years later when Alan went blind and Peter had to return home with a life threatening illness.  Despite the stresses and strains, Doreen kept things on an even keel, looking after finances, ferrying dad around and looking after Peter, who recovered. Since Alan had to retire, Doreen and Alan decided to move to Kelowna in 1987 – a decision they never regretted.  Now the foundation of our family is gone. A memorial ceremony will be held at the Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Road, Saturday, September 13th between 5:00 and 6:00 with refreshments served in the adjoining hall between 6:00 and 7:00.  For more information call Peter at 860-7098 or 317-4624 or email him at pneville@bytz.ca.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.


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