Sep 17, 2013

In Memoriam

Butch Neil & "Trouble" the Cat

Scribbles sends belated and heartfelt condolences to our dear friend Cathy Neil, whose husband Butch passed away on Aug. 28, 2013.

Just five days earlier, on Aug. 23,  Cathy's cat 'Trouble' also departed. He was 13 years old (which is 91 in cat years.)

Butch's passing came after a long illness. This private, loving man actually surpassed the time span which doctor's and caregivers had given him. Perhaps he wanted to be sure Cathy would be properly taken care of before he chose to cross over (although, one can never truly be completely prepared for such a loss.)

Although I met Butch in his latter years, when he was already ill, Cathy often spoke to me of happier times and the special bond the couple shared.

I met Cathy a few years ago when I was employed at a local telecommunications company. The business Cathy worked at was a major client of ours and it did not take long for her and I to hit it off and become confidants.  There is someone very special about Cathy, whose strength and optimism I have always admired.

Cathy, I am truly sorry for your losses. In some way I believe Butch and Trouble are watching over you.  Remember the many precious moments you shared together and let those memories keep you safe and sound, especially on days when the road you travel seems riddled with detours and obstacles.

We may not see each other as often as we would like, but rarely is there a day that I do not think of you and feel a warmth inside, knowing that we are friends.

I love you Cathy.

Butch's Obituary:
William Harry 'Butch' Neil

NEIL, William Harry 'Butch'- Born February 23, 1946 to August 28, 2013, after a long illness, Butch passed away peacefully with his family by his side at home at the age of 67. Loving husband of 26 years to Cathy (nee Henderson). Cherished father of Bonnie Neil and Barbara (Michael) Arsenault. Much loved Papa of Matthew and Alicia McAuley, Vince Petti, Sierra, Megan, Liam Neil and Olivia Paulo. Uncle Butch will also be missed by Ted (Tammy) Higgs, Ron (Tammy) Higgs, J.C. (Lindsay) Goodacre, Robert (Ashley) Higgs, Christopher Higgs, Simon, Sara and Samantha Krusky, and Great Niece Alana Goodacre. He will be fondly remembered by; brothers-in-law Peter Henderson and Kevin Goodacre, sisters-in-law Lei-Anne Goodacre and Brenda Henderson and Mother-in-law Lucy Henderson. Butch was predeceased by his mother Jean, father William, sister Shirley, nephew Billy and great nephew Mitchell Higgs. A special 'Thank You' for the support from Pam Pauls from CCAC, Palliative nurses Geneva Kennedy and Tanya Bolus from ParaMed, PSW's Margaret, Roberta, Elana & Debbie from Red Cross, for the care they provided to Butch over the last 3 1/2 years. During his life he worked with his father at Bill's Fina Service in Niagara Falls. He worked at Provincial Crane, Norton Abrasives, Morgan Provincial, Scott & Spinney and finally at John Deere. In keeping with Butch's wishes cremation has taken place.

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