Neville Vincent passed away on Tues., April 11, 2017. He was 67.
He was the son of the late Arleigh Vincent of New Brunswick, and his war bride, Daisy Matthews of Ealing, England. He is survived by his brother, Richard, and sister Mary. He will be greatly missed by his son, Ian (Tanya); daughter Joanna; granddaughter Jessica (Vince); great-grandchildren Renee and Alison; his New Brunswick Aunt Marion; and cousins Dawn, Patsy, Cindy, Teena, David, and their families.
Neville was born in Fredericton, but his father’s career in forestry took the family to various posts around Ontario, lastly in Ottawa, where Neville finished school. He embarked on a 35-year career primarily as a case manager for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), a job well-suited to his empathy, fairness, and assertiveness.
Early in his career, he met and married Barbara Beck, and the young family settled in South Mountain. Neville continued to work with PSAC in Ottawa while they undertook the challenge of starting a goat farm. Goats and kids meant busy days for Ian and Joanna growing up on the farm.
Eventually, he returned to Ottawa alone. There he met Patricia MacKenzie who became his second wife, and they started a new life in Winchester. An avid golfer, he joined Cedar Glen Golf Club, and got Pat interested in the game. Winter trips to Florida and Myrtle Beach became a fixture on their calendar. At the first opportunity, Neville retired to golfing, refereeing hockey, day trading, and home improvement.
After Patricia’s passing in 2014, Neville found happiness again with Elizabeth Simzer whom he had met 42 years earlier. Together, they enjoyed friends, family, travel, and many happy times.
Neville never met a family that he didn’t like. His Vincent family in New Brunswick remained the base, but along the way he added the Becks, the MacKenzies, and the Simzers. He embraced family with the same enthusiasm that he embraced his many friendships, both old and new. Life will not be the same, especially for Elizabeth, Mike and Louise, Erin, Bruce, Ron, Donna, Gord, Hugh, and felines Spike and Abby.
Just the way he would have wanted it, an informal celebration of Neville’s life will be held Tues., April 25 at Cedar Glen Golf Club between 4 and 8 pm.
Friends may wish to make donations to Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Kemptville where Neville volunteered.