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  1. mick MacKinnon
    February 12, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    Elaine and family, take solace in knowing there are many heavy hearts as witnessed by the the tributes above. Stevie B was in a class of his own, both in school and in life in general. I too recall piling into his car to be driven to the Glace Bay forum for hockey practice. I hadn’t seen Mr. MacNeil for over 50 years, but I had spoken of him many times, and all with the fondest of memories.

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  2. David Scott
    December 23, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

    Lisa and family,

    Our condolences on the passing of your Dad. He is fondly remembered as a great teacher and good man. He and My Father would chat often when they met for the yearly hockey pool draft, at the arena, or when they attended UCCB hockey games with their friends. I shared many laughs with your Dad in the halls of MacDonald High and looked forward to seeing him each day. He has left a lasting memory on the Scott family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

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  3. Harris Martin
    December 4, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

    Steve and family,
    We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. May you take comfort in the memories of a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely,
    Eileen and Harris Martin

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  4. Lonnie Murphy
    December 3, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    To Stephen, Kelly, Emily and Kate,
    Stevie B was a good man. Stephen, don’t tell his surviving golf buddies that
    your dad,Toomey and Neil are looking for a fourth.

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  5. Candia (Dennis) McLean
    December 3, 2016 @ 9:20 am

    so sad to learn about Steve. |Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  6. Nelson Beaton
    December 2, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Stevie B MacNeil. Both myself and my wife Jackie Beaton (Graham) had the good fortune of having Stevie B as an algebra/trig, physics & chemistry teacher in grades 10-11-12 during the late 60s early 70s. For myself, Stevie B was a godsent educator that literally changed my thinking & self confidence in what would later result in the completion of an engineering degree followed by a successful and rewarding career on the west coast of Canada. As I have told many people, many times over the past 40 years, Stevie B’s had a humble & understated brilliance and his unique teaching style just clicked for his students. Through that student/teacher relationship, Stevie B influenced and encouraged many MacDonald High students to pursue science, math & engineering degrees. Besides his academic impact, Stevie B was also our hockey and soccer coach, consistent yearbook committee supporter (loaning students his very cool maroon Mustang car for our use in soliciting sponsors) and role model. Farewell to a great Cape Breton gentleman and mentor. He will be missed and remembered often.

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  7. Tish and Neil McPherson
    December 2, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

    Our heart aches for you Elaine and your family. It is so difficult to lose your husband, a father, grandfather, brother and such an icon to so many lives that Steve touched in his lifetime. Impressions he made on so many of his students
    who are grateful for his guidance and his gift of caring. My brother Johnie still has
    letters of reference that Stevie wrote him over 45 years ago. He was a blessing
    to all who knew him and knowing how much you are hurting right now, take comfort
    in knowing that he will be grateful missed in this life.
    You are a dear friend Elaine

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  8. Dianne Nearing
    December 2, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    Sorry for your loss. Mr. MacNeil was a wonderful teacher. He was my Physics teacher at MacDonald High in the ’80’s.

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  9. Melinda
    December 2, 2016 @ 10:10 am

    So very sorry to hear of your loss! He was a great teacher, great mentor and always full of cheer! RIP Stevie B! God Bless you all! Melinda Turnbull – former student

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  10. Margaret Jean Gillis
    December 1, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

    TO Elaine ,Lisa, Steven and Leslie, so sorry for your loss, thinking about you all at this very difficult time.
    Margaret Jean Gillis

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  11. Ken and Judy Smith
    December 1, 2016 @ 3:01 pm

    Lisa and Family,
    Our hearts are filled with sorrow upon hearing the news of your father’s passing.
    Our most sincere condolences.

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  12. Emmitt Kelly
    December 1, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

    Elaine and Family, sorry to hear about the passing of Stevie B. Great person and wonderful neighbour. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    Florence Kelly and the Kelly Family

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  13. Kevin & Florence Peach
    December 1, 2016 @ 9:13 am

    To all the MacNeil family: I had the pleasure of working with Steve at GBHS. We became friends and I always had great respect for the way he did his job and how he conducted himself, becoming a role model for staff and students. Our sympathies are with all of you at this time. He will be missed.

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  14. Rod Nearing
    November 30, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family, Mr. MacNeil was my teacher and hockey coach at MacDonald High. He was a great mentor and teacher who always had the students best interests in mind. he told it like it was and helped everyone who asked and needed it. he truly was a great man who will be missed.

    Former student
    Rod nearing

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  15. Kelli Lannon
    November 30, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

    Aunt Elaine, Lisa, Stephen and Leslee so sorry for your loss. Your families are in our thoughts and prayers. I will always have fond memories of our times in Glacé Bay growing up.

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  16. Janis Brann (Pharmasave)
    November 30, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

    Elaine and family; very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a gentleman, and I enjoyed our chats across the counter for many years. Little did I realize that our most recent conversation would be our final one. May you take comfort in the fact that his was a life well lived.

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  17. Joe Daye
    November 30, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

    Elaine and family, I am surprised and saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a great guy and one of the very best teachers to walk the halls of Mac Donald High, well respected by all. I have never heard a student say anything negative about Stevie B. Everyone knew he was a great teacher, smart, approachable and would help anyone he could. He certainly enjoyed coaching our school hockey team, I have fond memories of the whole team piling into his 58 Chevy at 6am. heading to the Glace Bay Forum to practice before morning class. The world has lost a great man.

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  18. Thelma MacKenzie
    November 30, 2016 @ 3:10 pm

    Dear Elaine and family:

    I was saddened when I read today’s paper and saw the passing of another old friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
    God Bless you now and always,
    Thelma

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  19. Roy's Rockets Hockey Team
    November 30, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

    Our condolences to your family on the passing of a great man.

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  20. Steve & Gina Deveaux
    November 30, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

    So sorry to learn of Stevie B’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  21. Thelma MacKenzie
    November 30, 2016 @ 2:35 pm

    Dear Elaine and family:
    I am greatly saddened to read of Stevie B’s passing. It brought me back to his attempt at teaching “new math” to parents like me way back when. Amid your deep sorrow I know that God likes to see a smile, and during life you and Stevie brought plenty of smiles to those around you.
    God bless you all.
    With heartfelt sympathy and understanding,
    Thelma MacKenzie

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  22. Sheldon Gillis
    November 30, 2016 @ 11:11 am

    Sorry for your loss. Shared such good memories from our days at St. Anne’s High School.

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  23. Barry Verbeski
    November 30, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    Stevie B. was a gentlemen and a prfessional.

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  24. Dolena and Keith AuCoin
    November 30, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    Dear Elaine, Joan, Chicky and Families:
    So sorry to read of Stevie B. passing.
    Hold all the wonderful memories close
    as they become your treasures.
    Our sincere condolences and prayers.
    Dolena(Ford)and Keith AuCoin, Windsor,NS.

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  25. Derek Briggs
    November 30, 2016 @ 9:32 am

    Lisa and Family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My deepest sympathies at this difficult time. We will be thinking of you and your family.

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