Roderick "Cam" Camillus MacNeil

12-Jul-1945 - 11-Sep-2020

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MacNeil, Roderick "Cam" Camillus

Roderick Camillus MacNeil AKA Cam or Cammie from Iona, Cape Breton, NS
Born July 12th 1945, passed away peacefully on September 11th 2020 at Dartmouth General Hospital of a stroke.
Cam served 29 years in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces as part of Royal Canadian Electronics Mechanical Engineer (RCEME), as a specialist in his field. He taught electronics in the Armed Forces School in CFB Kingston, On.
He served in the cold war for NATO/Peacekeeping, 2 tours to Lahr, Germany, 6 months at CFS Alert, Ellesmere Island, Norway, Greenland and he also spent time in Cyprus. He also helped with the Olympics in Montreal.
He loved to play guitar and was popular at parties. Cam was invited to be on Sing-along Jubilee with Bill Langstroth at CBC Halifax in 1964/65, but the Army had called.
He was the son of (paternal) Catherine Jankowski nee MacNeil, adopted father Stephen Rory MacNeil and adopted mother Annie Jane MacNeil nee Bishop of Iona, Cape Breton Nova Scotia.
He is survived by his wife Lynda Susan MacNeil nee Andrews married 54 years, son Rick (Kath) MacNeil Sunderland On, daughter Kimberly (Jason) MacNeil, Toronto On, stepson Jonathan H Rook, Kitchener On. Four grandchildren Kate (Austin) MacNeil, Madeline MacNeil, James MacNeil and Joselyn MacNeil and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brother Michael MacNeil, Josephine Stamper, Martina Skinner, Theresa MacNeil, Sara Rideout, and two half brothers.
Cam excelled in his love for electronics and continued this as a hobby at home by building computers from scratch to fixing TV’s and VCR’s. Cam also loved to research by reading about whatever his interests were. He also loved a challenge he never let a challenge win. He was a very eccentric man and was a loving man. His favorite saying was “Right”, after everything he said, to ensure you heard him. Calling Occupants from Interplanetary craft, Right?

Posted by Ray Lebeau | 25-Sep-2020

To Lynda, Rick, Kimberly, Jonathan, Family Members & Friends, The members of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio (SUPRAD) System Oldtimers Association were saddened by the news of Cam's passing. His impressive 29 years in the military brought him to many corners of the globe. In particular, he would have proudly served with some of our SUPRAD technicians and SIGINT operators when he spent six months in isolation at the most northern permanently inhabited settlement in the world, CFS Alert. In case you did not know, all those who served at Alert are affectionately referred to as the 'Frozen Chozen'. Some others of us may have come to know Cam while he was a trades training instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE) in CFB Kingston. Those who served with Cam will long remember the good times, and the many laughs, that were shared along the way. Please know that as members of your extended military family, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 'Friends Forever' Ray Lebeau

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Posted by LEX MACNEIL | 15-Sep-2020

Dear Lynda and Family of Cammie, We were brought up on adjacent properties in Iona (Barra Glen) Cape Breton. Cammie’s adopted father was our uncle. I’m the oldest of us four and, as I was 3 years younger than Cam, he taught me to do things like ride a bike, shoot a gun and fish for rainbow trout. He certainly knew how to fix things, which were usually the bikes, the skis or the sleds. We have not seen each other for more than 50 years but, for some reason, I have always remembered Cammie on July 12th! We are sending out our sincere condolences to you, his family, and we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Right! (The John Rory and Betty MacNeil Family) Lex - on behalf of all of us - Elaine, Monty and Dolores

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