In memory of
John J. McNeill, (Jay,J- J, J.Bird) age 75 of Algonquin, IL passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020 surrounded by the comfort of his loving family. He was born on February 14, 1945 to his parents Jack and Marion McNeill Jay is survived by his loving wife Clara of 57 years, his children Maria McNeill, John
(Michelle) McNeill and Joseph (Jane) McNeill.
He has 10 grand children and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his Sister Jody (Ted) Batista, and Brother Michael (Suzy) McNeill and brother in-law Anthony (William) Mangiardi. Along with a long list of cousins and extended family.
John and his wife Clara were married in Chicago on December 04, 1963. They currently are members of St. Margaret Mary Church in Algonquin, IL.
He was the loving and dedicated father whose work ethic exemplified "work hard – playharder". He never missed a day of work or an opportunity to have fun. Dad loved spending time on his many boats with his family and friends. He had a story for every voyage – even if the boat never left the dock. Whether J-Bird was driving the roads of Chicago and the interstate or if he was navigating the Fox River or the South Florida waterways – he was always in the drivers seat. He made a friend everywhere he went. His smile was inviting, his whit and humor were undeniable and his laugh was infectious. He will always be remembered as the life of the party.
During these unprecedented times of Covid-19, a small service will occur on December
21, 2020 at Colonial Funeral Home in McHenry, IL. for his immediate family.
A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date when social distancing guidelines
allow. (Please reserve flowers for his celebration of life)
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