Feltmate, Neil David - It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Neil David Feltmate, age 67, of Kempt Road, Richmond County (formerly of Hazel Hill, Guysborough Co.), that occurred at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, Nova Scotia on Monday, June 7th, 2021.
Born in Canso on November 12, 1953 he was the son of the late Neil and Edith (Grant) Feltmate.
Neil had a very full life. He built his own service station in Hazel Hill, "Feltmate Brother's Irving" in 1975 which he ran for 11 years. During that time he also acquired T&J's Esso in Canso. He was in competition with himself for almost a decade, which was a running joke in the town.
Due to some health issues, he sold the two stations, drove a school bus for a few months and then took a job with the Department of Justice as a Motor Vehicle Inspector. This new job led him to move his family to Kempt Road, a property he loved and took great pride in. Neil loved his job of 28 years, and he especially loved meeting new people and made many friends all over the province.
After Neil retired, he spent a year as maintenance supervisor at the School Bus Garage in Mulgrave. He helped set up Mac Motors in Port Hawkesbury and loved going in to chat with the boys and Sheila on a regular basis. One of his great joys was spending time at his good friend Gary Benison's farm. He loved to help with silage and haying. And if there was a mechanical issue with the equipment, he was on it.
Neil was well known in the community. Always offering a helping hand. To plow a driveway, help fix your car or lend a tool - you could count on him. Neil had a great love of music, he played many instruments, getting together with family and friends for a "diddy" was a cherished event for him. He loved hunting and fishing. There were many trips with his brothers, son, grandson, son-in-law and brother in–laws over the years. Kiley's Lake and Cooeycoff were his favorite spots. We are so blessed to have many stories to share - the fish is longer - there are more points on the buck, every time he retold the story; (we will keep that tradition going for sure!)
He was a real family man. He loved his family deeply and was proud of every accomplishment, no matter how small. He was a protector and a person you could confide in and the giver of all advise. He was the one we turned to for everything. He had many running jokes with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandson;
- we don't say Grace (lol)
- Matt was the fall guy for anything that went missing – especially the jug of gas
- he was always plotting a way to dip into his granddaughter Dana's expense account
- Neil and his great grandson Brody had nick names for each other, Darryl and Jerry when they played garage and those names came out at other fun times too!
He is survived by his wife Margaret (Roberts) of 47 years. Son Troy (Trina), Port Hawkesbury; Daughter Judy (Gary) McNamara, Kempt Road, Granddaughter; Dana (Gage) Burke, Antigonish, Grandson; Matt (Alyssa) McNamara, Lower River, Great Grandson; Brody McNamara Bouman; Lower River. Neil was very excited to be welcoming another Great Grandchild into the family in December of this year (Dana and Gage). Sister; Judy (Dave) Rye, New Brunswick, brothers; Wayne (Phyllis), Alberta, Dana (Jean), Hazel Hill, Phillip, Alberta, Mark, River Bourgeois, Mike (Mary), Hazel Hill, half sister; Margaret (Harry), Sussex England and many nieces and nephews who will all miss his loving and big personality dearly.
Besides his parents Neil was predeceased by his brother, Trent; his mother and father-in-law, Julia and James Roberts; brothers- in-law, Percy Roberts, Bob Bland and sisters-in-law, Hilda Bland and Maxine Feltmate; niece, Kayla Feltmate and nephew, Kirk Bent. So many loving faces to greet him and show him around.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital floor 4A who took exceptional care of Neil. A special thank you to his Nurse Dawn, Dr. Hewlette and Claire and all the staff and nurses at the Renal Clinic.
Memorial Donations can be made to the Kidney foundation of Canada. Cremation has taken place. The family will be hosting a celebration of life for Neil when covid restrictions are lifted. Arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort maybe forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com
In the spiritual words of Neil "Dominos vobiscum et cum spir-it tu o - in the highest!"
We love you Dad!!