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"McAH" 2008 Obituary


McCAHILL 2008-06-09 published
McCAHILL, Neil Ross
Peacefully on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Sprucedale Care Centre, Strathroy with his beloved granddaughter Elizabeth by his side. Neil Ross McCAHILL of Strathroy in his 99th year. Beloved husband of the late Margaret Helen (EVOY.) Loving father of Patricia Ann McCAHILL- SMITH (Dean) of Hale, Michigan and Wawa, Ontario. Cherished grandfather of Jennifer Susan HALFMAN (Brad) of Mesa, Arizona, Janet Ross KRUMMEL (Robert) of Snow Camp, North Carolina and Elizabeth Ann EAVES (Brian) of Birch Run, Michigan. Also survived by 8 great-grandchildren, his brother Donald McCAHILL (Mary) of Sarnia, his special niece Lynn MARTIN of Toronto, special nephew Neil of Sarnia and many other nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers George and Jack McCAHILL. Neil was born in Forest, Ontario on June 2, 1910 to Donald and Pearl McCAHILL. He was married to Margaret Helen EVOY in Quebec on December 21, 1936. He spent most of his years as a financial advisor to various companies including President of Sales for Canadian Canners (Aylmer). One of Neil's greatest joys was the winters he and Margaret spent in Jamaica Bay Park in Florida. He was a proud member of the Middlesex/London Kiwanis Club, London Lions Club and the Canadian Professional Sales Association of which he was a life member. At Neil's request cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will take place at a later date. Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy entrusted with arrangements (519-245-1023).

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McCAHILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-28 published
McCAHILL, Michael James
Suddenly at home on June 18, 2008, age 82.
Predeceased by his parents, James and Vivian (née MATTHEWS) former wife, Sally, and several members of the Tyson, Pottinger, Humber clan. He was from long-time Victoria families on both sides. Great-grandparents, John and Mary Anne MATTHEWS homesteaded in the Island View Beach area, grandparents, Ambrose and Ellen MATTHEWS were well-known and lived on Quadra near Hillside. Grandparents, Captain Michael and Helen McCAHILL lived in the Hillside/Bridge St. area for many years and were active in the Odd Fellows/Rebekah Lodges.
Mike attended Burnside Elementary, Central Jr. and Victoria High School, and the Victoria College in Craigdarroch Castle. After a short break in the Army, he returned to education earning his B.A. at University of British Columbia, his B.L.Sc. at University of Toronto and later Advanced Computers at the same university.
After receiving his B.A., he travelled a year exploring Britain and parts of Northern Europe. Returning to Canada with his bride Sally, he earned his B.L.Sc. at the University of Toronto then worked in Victoria at the Greater Victoria Public Library and later at U. Vic. He later worked at Sir George Williams University in Montreal and spent most of his career at Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. He played a major role in establishing the computer cataloguing system that replaced the overloaded existing system. He excelled and was well-respected in his field and will be missed by all.
Michael is survived by his sister, Mavis McCAHILL; cousins, Laurie McKAY (née MATTHEWS,) Craig and Randel MATTHEWS, and their families, many other relatives and a great many Friends.
After many cold winters and sizzling summers in Toronto, Mike returned to his beloved Victoria in 1986, and was able to enjoy over 20 years doing what he enjoyed -- being involved in politics, volunteering for various organizations, attending the opera and ballet, collecting books and music, lunching with Friends and family, and travelling. He was also a really great brother!
A celebration on Michael's life will be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 2: 30 p.m. A reception will follow in McCall's Family Centre. Condolences may be offered to the family at McCall Bros. of Victoria, British Columbia 250-385-4465

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