Robert E. Neill


Brewer - Robert E. Neill, 89, husband of the late Mary L. "Mary Lou" Neill, died March 12, 2019, at his home with his family at his side. He was born March 18, 1929, in Walthill, Nebraska, the son of George T. and Laura R. (Kessinger) Neill.
Bob served in the Air Force and was stationed at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor where he met his wife Mary Lou, who was a nursing student at Eastern Maine General Hospital. After a brief return to the Midwest after they married, they moved back to Maine. He joined the Maine Air National Guard and retired from the Guard as a Senior Chief Master Sargent after 35 years of service. After his retirement, he worked part-time as a security guard at the Bucksport paper mill. He was a long-time communicant of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Teresa's Catholic Church. He enjoyed traveling around the country with his wife and friends, and spending time at his summer home on Toddy Pond and winter months in Florida.  He found great joy in his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bob was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Mary Lou, in 2016. He is survived by his five children, Jane Neill and her husband Gregory Curfman, Karen Mc Donald, Laurie Knowles and her husband Vaughn, Nancy White and her husband Michael, Robert and his wife Donna;  nine grandchildren, Adam Knowles, Erin Twitchell, Laura McDonald, David McDonald, Phillip White, Amanda Hayes, Geoffrey Curfman, Joel Neill and Abby Neill, and nine great grandchildren, with another on the way in July; one brother, Thomas Neill and his wife, Barbara; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at St. paul the Apostle Parish, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 531 North Main St., Brewer.  A time of friendship and refreshments will be held immediately following the Mass in the church center.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bangor Humane Society ( We wish to thank Beacon Hospice for the care he received from them in his final days and for their assistance in making him comfortable in his home before his passing. Burial with military honors will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer at a later date. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. Messages and memories may be shared with his family at 
Published on March 16, 2019
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Eugene E Mitchell
Apr 10, 2019
You, his family, were his pride and joy. Now I know why he did not answer the phone on March 18th. Glad lois and I got to visit him last August. Thanks for your phone call Laurie. Lois and Gene
Connie Murphy Foss
Mar 31, 2019
Your Dad was a "prince of a guy". He appeared every morning in his Air Guard "Blues" to pick up our Dad for work. (we either didn't have a car or it was being worked on at Cowan's) He gave me a ride to Brewer High School when I missed the bus (every other day :) and sang in the choir with our Mom.
My most poignant memory of all was when he accompanied Father Houlihan and my Father to Dexter, Maine to bury our parents 7th child who passed at only 5 days old. He took the day off from work to be there for our Dad. He was humble, loyal, devoted and kind. I will always picture him with that twinkling smile and sparkling eyes. Your Dad was a good, good man.
Sending all of you fondest memories o
...f popsicles and devil dogs in Bar Harbor with 3 station wagons full of Neills, Lynches & Murphys.
Oceans of love,
Connie & Glen Foss
St. Simons Island, Georgia
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Kathleen Cusick
Mar 19, 2019
Karen and Family,
Thinking of you all today and remembering your Dad!
If ever I ran into him around town or at the grocery store,
he always stopped, called me by name and asked how I was doing! A wonderful man and father who never forgot me after all these years! Thinking of you all at this most difficult time and remembering a most thoughtful husband and father to a most wonderful family!
Mary Huskins
Mar 17, 2019
Bob was a wonderful husband & family man .
Wendell Sproul
Mar 17, 2019
I always enjoyed Bob at the air guard, certainly is one of the best person I have know! GOD bless 🙏
Carol Reynolds
Mar 16, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss...Sending thoughts and prayers to family and friends...
William Esty
Mar 16, 2019
Rest in peace dear fellow Maineiac
Victoria French Capega
Mar 16, 2019
sending my deepest sympathy to the Neill family. Bob was such a memory from my childhood as the neighborhood kids spent so much at their house. the last time i saw he and Mary Lou was at the time of my own mothers funeral and i told him my memory of when his mother and brother drove from Nebraska and surprised him. That and he taking home movies of his kids and anyone else in the yard. he was a very kind man and i will always remember him and Mary Lou with great fondness.
The Floyd Smith Family
Mar 16, 2019
Many many great times over the years ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻 RIP with Mary Lou. ❤️
Linda Mitchell
Mar 16, 2019
So blessed I was able to know this man for the past 30 yrs.He was in my eyes a wonderful man with great stories of his life with his wife and family.."the perfect gentleman" Love and prayers to the family.💝
janet levasseur
Mar 16, 2019
I`m so sorry to learn about Bob, he holds a special place in
my . We go back to his first time in Maine , Merle and I used to double date with him and Mary Lou. Sending my prayers.
Doreen Foster Herrin
Mar 16, 2019
Deepest sympathy to the entire family
Mickey and Tim Hogan
Mar 16, 2019
Laurie and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers
Mar 15, 2019