We Remember

McNEILL, Daryl Raymond

October 22, 1951 — September 6, 2013

Father and husband died suddenly and too soon. Daryl leaves behind his soul mate, first and only love and bride of 40 years, Susan. He is survived by his greatly loved son, Greg McNeill (Heather) and precious grandchildren Hugh and Isobel; his cherished and devoted daughter Shannon Smirl (Jonathan), his treasured 1 year old granddaughter Piper Katherine, his ‘namesake’ whom he enjoyed teaching and making laugh. Much valued ‘second son’ through friendship, Kris Klumpner was an integral part of Daryl’s life.

Daryl was born to Donald and Marjorie McNeill in Matsqui, BC. He is survived by his oldest sister Pat Fraser (son Robbie and daughter Tracy), brother Bill/Dawna (son DJ, daughter Kim). Predeceased by youngest sister Ellen (husband Steve and children).

Daryl moved to Haney, B.C. in Grade 10 where he met and fell in love with Susan, whom he was lovingly devoted to from that moment onwards. He graduated from BCIT with a marketing diploma but took to the road as a milkman for Dairyland, where he worked for nearly 20 years. In 1992 Daryl moved his family to Peachland to enjoy the Okanagan lifestyle. Daryl was a truck driver at heart and worked tirelessly driving daily throughout the Okanagan, making friends at all his business stops.

Daryl was known to be honest, loyal, hardworking, kind, generous and highly principled. He prided himself foremost as a family man and always placed others’ needs ahead of his own. He was an avid competitive bagpiper in his earlier years and always an admirer of the Scottish Golden Elixir –happy to share a wee dram of his impressive scotch collection with his friends and family.

Daryl was the best imaginable husband, a compassionate and endlessly supportive father and friend. Daryl Raymond McNeill was a true gentleman and will be forever missed by all who knew him. A Memorial to honor Daryl’s life will take place 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Peachland United Church, 4421 – 4th Street; interment at the Peachland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Society or the charity of your choice.

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1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013

Peachland United Church

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The service for McNEILL, Daryl Raymond is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Peachland United Church

421 – 4th Street Peachland, BC


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  • Lloyd Congdon says:

    Susan & family We were saddened to hear of Daryl’s passing. I really enjoyed working with Daryl at Deep Six and at Signature. He was always so upneat and loved trucking. I will certainley miss him. Lloyd & Patti Congdon

  • Tracey Vos says:

    To Greg and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Tracey (Wapples)

  • Jeanette Hoft says:

    Dear Shannon, Jon and family,
    Our hearts are with you during this extremely painful time.
    Tony & Jeanette

  • Ron Buddo says:

    I’m so sorry to hear the sad news of your loss.My thoughts are with Shannon and Jon.

  • Linda Powell says:

    Judy told me of the sudden death of your husband/father. I am so sorry for your loss. I only met him the once when Jason and I came for our visit, but had a lovely chat with him at that time. My thoughts are with you and your entire family at this very difficult time.

  • Jason Powell says:

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of your family during this painful time.

  • Audrey Watson says:

    Susan, I’m so sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. May your many happy memories and your loving family bring you comfort at this very difficult time.

  • Doris &Rod Akitt says:

    DearSusan and family-just heard of Daryl’s passing.I am so sorry and pray that God will help you during this difficult time.He was such an awesome kind man.Will keep you in our prayers

  • Charlotte Mathieson says:

    Dear Susan: I was deeply saddened to read about Daryl’s passing in the Maple Ridge local paper. I am an old friend that you used to play raquetball with. I always remember Daryl’s wine making. We had several tastings in your lovely back garden in Maple Ridge. I wanted to let you know that I am thinking about at this very sad time. Love Charlotte Mathieson

  • Shirley Sasiadek says:

    Susan & Family
    I was so sad to read that Daryl had passed away. He was always so kind to me and I will always remember his bagpipes playing at Ellen’s funeral such nice siblings and too young to leave this world but at least we can take some solace that they have each other now.
    Shirley Sasiadek

  • Len & Toni Mitchell says:

    Susan I am very sad to hear of Daryl’s sudden passing. A friend from Peachland told sent me the news recently. Daryl and I drove together to BCIT as well as our job together at Taylors. Part of Toni’s family recently moved to Peachland and I was looking forward to stopping by your place for a visit. Len

  • Rikki Harrison says:

    Susan I just heard of the passing of your sweet husband. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember how loving a couple you two were. I think of you often. Be strong and know you have many friends who you can count on.
    Rikki ( unit clerk on 2N when you worked at RMH)

  • Dorethy Noble says:

    Dear Susan and Family,
    My thoughts and condolences are with you and your family at this time. A sad loss, but leaving precious memories. Dorethy Noble

  • Mark Geisler says:

    Susan, I don’t know if you remember me from highschool. I’ve just stumbled upon the news online of Daryl’s passing and wanted to express my sorrow for your loss. I’ve thought of the both of you often over the years and always wondered how you were doing. I’m filled with sorrow that the news of you is of such a sad nature. You and your family are in my prayers.

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