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Jane and Ian McNeill remembered at memorial dedication

BRIDGET WINGERT



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Jane and Ian McNeill were honored by Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury this fall, with the dedication of the Memorial Terrace in their name.

The McNeills, who died in an automobile accident Dec. 8, 2015, left an enduring legacy of community service and generous hospitality.

Friends and co-workers from the various nonprofit organizations they supported over decades attended the dedication ceremony. Trinity Church, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and the Phillips’ Mill Community Association were among the McNeills’ volunteer efforts.

Rector Richard Vinson presided at the ceremony. Dr. Trey Wilson and son John McNeill spoke of the many blessings the McNeills had given to the church.

Wilson quoted Bertrand Russell as an example of the McNeills’ lives: “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

“Anyone who spent time with the McNeills soon realized that they were extraordinarily smart, and loving people. But they used their time talent and treasure in service to others, as friends, neighbors, parishioners, co-workers, leaders and family,” Wilson said after the ceremony.

“They identified with many causes in our community and helped build allegiance through service. It was the wish of their two sons, John and Kip, that their memory be honored by inviting all who worked with them to participate in the service.”

Wilson invited all in attendance to make the unfailing and particular brand of their kindness, a contagion for the world by continuing to be of service. And, he encouraged the guests to seek out new ways to get involved and support the many service organizations that Jane and Ian were involved in over their lives.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Jane graduated from High School at Ontario Ladies College. She was a master chef, and perennial organizer of the Trinity cookie bake sale at holiday time.

Ian graduated from the Morristown-Beard Academy, earned his bachelor’s degree from Rollins College, and was later awarded his Executive M.B.A. from Drexel University. He retired in 2005 from the position of senior vice president of the Pacific Rim. He was an accomplished woodworker and gardener. He managed the plant garden at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Surviving are the couple’s children, John McNeill and Christopher “Kip” McNeill; Jane’s brother, Paul McCarten and his wife, Jackie; and Ian’s brothers, George McNeill and his wife, Kasia, and Geoffrey McNeill and his wife, Marguerite.

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