Charles F. McNeil
Charles F. McNeil
Charles Francis McNeil, 85, of Rutland and West Rutland passed away peacefully at his home Thursday afternoon, January 17, 2013, with his family at his side.
He was born in West Rutland, December 10, 1927, the son of Francis “Skinny” and Angeline (Fredette) McNeil.
Charlie was a graduate of West Rutland High School, Class of 1945.
He was a World War II U. S. Air Force Veteran, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He was deployed to Japan to build an airport.
On June 30, 1950, he married Delores (Tripodi) McNeil.
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed horse racing at Saratoga and Sunday dinners at the family camp.
Mr. McNeil began his career in the auto body repair business with Fredette Chevrolet in Proctor, and later opened McNeil’s Auto Body in West Rutland.
Charlie grew up on the family farm in West Rutland, sharing all the farm chores and duties involved with raising beef cattle.
In 1968, the farm was separated by the new route of Route 4 E & W, and left unattended until it was reclaimed back to a sustainable farm in 2002 by his daughter and son-in-law. In 2007, he was delighted as it returned to the agriculture status of “Pinecliff Alpaca Farm” with improvements and related farm animals along with his loyal dogs Toby and Cocoa.
Surviving are his wife, Delores; two daughters, Norma J. Bowen and her husband Martin “Smokey” of West Rutland, and Charlene M. Clifford and her husband Gary Harvey of West Rutland; his sister Gloria Shortsleeves of Glens Falls, N.Y.; a special niece Lisa (Shortsleeves) Johnson; nieces and nephews. He cherished his sons-in-law, Martin “Smokey” Bowen and Gary Harvey Clifford.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Louis “Tooie” McNeil.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Church in West Rutland. Officiating will be the Rev. Vincent Coppola, pastor.
Burial will be at a later date with his parents and grandparents in Sacred Heart Cemetery in West Rutland.
Visiting hours will be held Monday, January 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Contributions may be made to St. Bridget’s Church in West Rutland, or to West Rutland Town Hall.
Online condolences may be made to Clifford Funeral Home.