2903 MCLEAN, Neil Ferguson (RMC Class of 1952)
Neil, son of Lilly and Judge Evan McLean of Picton and brother of Hamilton and Burford (both deceased). Beloved husband for 58 years of Leslie (nee Moseman). Dearly loved father of Neil Jr., wife Cathy, Craig, wife Alison, Karen Plumb (Dan) and Rebecca McLean (Ron Jenkins). Adoring grandfather of Katie, Jodi, Kayla McLean, Tyler, Matthew McLean, Paulina Plumb, Jake, Adam, and Emily Jenkins.
Neil grew up in Picton, Ontario and graduated from Picton Collegiate Institute, 1944, and then Napanee Collegiate Institute, 1948. He graduated from Royal Military College in 1952, and Queen’s University in 1953 with his Civil Engineering Degree. Neil graduated from McMaster University in 1970 with his Master of Business Administration where he was elected class representative M.B.A. Association.
After graduating Neil worked for Ontario Electric Power at Sir Adam Beck G.S. #2 in Niagara Falls as Consumer Service Representative in Field Construction and Electrical Distribution for two years. Then from Sept. 1955 – May 1957 he worked for Racey MacCallum and Assoc. as Field Project Engineer. Neil did Engineering and field construction in Northern Manitoba arranging access to and construction of seven mid-Canada Radar Stations over a distance of 200 miles. While Neil was on holiday in Acapulco in February 1957 he met Leslie who became his wife in February 1958. Then he worked with Gulf Oil Canada at the Clarkson Refinery until 1968. After returning to McMaster to obtain his MBA he began his successful career with Noranda Sales Ltd. (Noranda Mines Ltd.). He worked in various departments involving international travel and retired in 1993 as Vice President of Noranda Sales.
Neil’s hobbies were golf and family life and he also participated in volunteer church work. He was a sound pillar to his family and always mild mannered. He was generous when giving and thorough when working. He managed to navigate his way through life with grace and dignity always following the guiding principle to treat others as he would have them treat him.
Neil lived in Brampton raising his family from 1964 until retirement in 1993 when he and Leslie moved to Bobcaygeon to have a good time. After nine years of fun and frolicking they moved to Georgetown to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Recently in 2015 they moved to Greenway Retirement Village in Brampton.
We would like to thank all those who have provided care and support during this time. Neil will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him. Friends will be received at the Scott Funeral Home ‘Brampton’ Chapel, (289 Main Street North) on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Scott Funeral Home on Friday, July 22, 2016 commencing at 1 p.m. with the family greeting visitors beginning at 12 noon. Interment at Meadowvale Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of Neil to The Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. Words of comfort, shared stories and photos may be left for the family in Neil’s online guest book at:
8744 L. Nicola Rapagna CMR Entry 1966, RMC Class of 1971
1949 – 2016
It is with great heartfelt pain and sorrow that I announce the passing of my beloved husband and best friend, Nick Rapagna, who passed away on July 13, 2016 after a long and courageously fought battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), which is a rare, cruel and aggressive variant of Parkinson’s Disease. Through the years, as his condition deteriorated, he maintained a pleasant disposition and a positive attitude. Remarkable, considering the suffering he endured. MSA took away his physical capabilities but it could not touch his mind, heart or soul.
Nick is survived by his wife Lee Thomas, his son Michael, mother Yolanda, brother Mario, sister-in-law Suzanne and nephews, Paul & Alex . He was predeceased by his brother Ricardo, father Bill and sister-in-law Debbie Mitchell.
Nick attended Royal Military College and served 30 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (Air Force), achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel and obtaining a Masters Degree in Political Science. During his military career he served in Egypt on a peacekeeping mission; was Squadron Commander of 437 Squadron in Trenton, ON and had the privilege of flying such dignitaries as Prime Ministers Jean Chretien, Brian Mulroney & Kim Campbell, as well as, Governor General Jeanne Sauvé and Princes Charles & Andrew and Princess Dianna.
Upon retirement from the CAF Nick worked as a commercial Pilot in Toronto, for Sky Service on the A320. From there he joined Air Transat in Montreal as Captain on the L1011, B737 and A310. During his tenure with Air Transat he was instrumental in negotiating 2 contracts with the Air Line Pilots’ Association (ALPA). He also served on the Canadian Board of Directors of ALPA.
Over the years Nick’s range of interests included, woodworking (he actually built beautiful furniture), working with stained glass, travelling, history, politics, reading, skiing, bowling, golfing, dancing, good food, good wine, socializing with friends and flying remote controlled airplanes. His thirst for knowledge and information was on-going as he travelled throughout the world and engaged in lively discussions with people from all walks of life.
You will never meet a more non-judgemental nor unselfish person than Nick; unique in this world focused on self-interest. He was kind and gentle and very unassuming, considering his many talents and accomplishments. He lived his life with vigour and always made the best of every situation, no matter how challenging. At no time was that conviction more evident than when he became ill and his health progressively deteriorated. He fought a very tough battle for 7 years and always pushed the envelope. A truly inspirational man!
I would like to thank the staff at Villa Marconi who provided Nick with daily care and compassion while he was a resident there. Also, a very special thanks to our close friends who remained steadfast in their devotion to Nick in his declining years.
At Nick’s request there will be no service. However, there was a Memorial Visitation at Kelly’s Funeral Home, 580 Eagleson Rd., Kanata, ON K2M 1H4, on Sunday, July 24, 2016.
Those wishing to make a donation in Nick’s memory can do so to:
Parkinson Canada – Research, 200 Colonnade Rd., Ottawa, ON K2E 7M1 CANADA – 613-722-9238
For online condolences & photo gallery: kellyfh.ca then click on Obituaries, type Rapagna in the Memorial Sites search field, click on Nick’s picture. You’ll then have the opportunity to see this obituary, (yet again!) and have the opportunity to write a condolence if you wish and scroll through the photo gallery.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this wonderful man whom I am so proud to call my husband! I was privileged to be his wife for 13 years. While this is a short time to share a life, we enjoyed every minute with memories made to last my lifetime.