SEAVIEW - Seaview resident Robert P. McNeil, 86, died Aug. 13, 2007, in a local care center. Born Jan. 3, 1921, in Moscow, Idaho, he was the son of William and Elda (Schuh) McNeil. He grew up in Bremerton on the shores of Kitsap Lake. He was a graduate of Bremerton High School.
Following high school he worked at the Bremerton Naval Shipyards as an electrician. During World War II he proudly served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill in the South Pacific theatre. Following the war he returned to the Bremerton area where he began his career with American Mail Line Steamship Co. Following retirement from that company he worked for Kenmore Air on Lake Union in Seattle. Eleven years ago he moved to Seaview.
Mr. McNeil was an active member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, the Do Nothing Club and St. Mary's Parish of Seaview. He had a life-long love of the sea.
He and Helen Jo Connolly were married on Aug. 16, 1947, and she survives. Also surviving are children Sheri (Fred) Andrews of Seattle, Rob (Arlene) McNeil of Seattle, Maureen McNeil (Paul Glovinsky) of New York City and K.C. McNeil (Laurie Stusser) of Seattle; brothers Bill McNeil of Lacey and Manford McNeil of Bellevue; grandchildren Elizabeth Andrews, Rachel Martin, Max Andrews, Meaghan McNeil, Isaac Glovinsky, Henry Glovinsky, Will Glovinsky, Harris and Coco McNeil.
A memorial mass took place on Monday, Aug. 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving and quality care he received from Lonnie and John at REAL Care. Those wishing may make memorials to any of the organizations with whom Mr. McNeil was affiliated. The guest book may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com.