July 29, 1970 – June 13, 2023
In loving memory ~
With heavy hearts and great sadness, the family of Rod MacNeill announce his sudden and tragic passing in Courtenay, BC on June 13, 2023, at age 52.
Rod leaves behind his loving family. He is survived by his two daughters, Settea (children Kanon and Amiera) and Meaghan. He also leaves behind his mother Eileen MacNeill (father Jock – deceased); brother Jack and his wife, Monika, of West Vancouver, BC; sister Heather of Courtenay, BC; sister Claudette (Cleo) and her husband Eric of Whitehorse, Yukon; as well as eight nieces and nephews, Olivia (Gage), Nigel, Alexander, Scott (Myriam), Kailey, Kayden and Pio (Scott & Myriam’s son).
Rod was born on July 29, 1970 in Regina, Saskatchewan and was a content, happy child. As a young man, Rod was a well-accomplished athlete, winning a number of provincial and national cross-country ski races and raced in both triathlons and cycling races. He was a capable, academic student that applied his intelligence and determination to the construction industry. He was recognized in his industry as a meticulous, hard-working carpenter (journeyman) that ‘lived’ the trade. He had a mischievous sense of humour and uncanny recall for trivia and historical events. He loved animals, which in turn were drawn to him, especially cats and family dogs. He loved the outdoors and in particular, the wilderness of the Yukon.
Rod struggled with addiction for much of his adult life. Rod developed important relationships throughout his life that were meaningful, intimate and loving. Rod was father to his two daughters whom he cared for deeply, although knew that he wasn’t able to be the father he wished he could be for them. He will be greatly missed by his family and his numerous friends and acquaintances, many of them speaking of him as a ‘gentle and kind man.’
The family would like to thank the many friends and extended family near and far that have reached out to honour Rod’s passing, knowing of his challenges and supporting him and the family all along the way.
A small family gathering to celebrate his life will occur sometime during the summer of 2023. Obituary-