Charles Cornelius (Neil) Mandryk
October 19, 1940 – November 2, 2016
Neil passed away peacefully in Palliative Care with his wife Lorelei by his side. Neil had faced his many illnesses over the last three years with such courage and dignity.
Born in Dysart, Saskatchewan, Neil moved first to Victoria, then to Parksville in 1949, and never left. Neil and many of his old school friends started a tradition a few years ago of meeting for coffee at the A&W. The ‘Klatch’ is still going on to this day.
When Neil was in his teens he developed a love of hot rods and could be seen and heard driving rather fast through the middle of town on a Friday or Saturday night. This was frowned upon by the local policemen of which there were not many in those days.
Neil and Lorelei were married December 15th, 1961 in the church that is now at the Museum.
Neil worked away a lot but when he was home he was very involved in minor soccer then minor hockey after the arena opened. Some of the family’s happiest days were camping at Horne Lake with friends. Bill, Dean and Laurie remember those days as some of the best times they ever had.
After Neil was injured in 1986, driving an off highway logging truck at Stewardson Inlet, he worked locally for Central Island Auto Parts, drove the CHPQ radio station’s marine patrol boat giving his fishing reports a few times a day to the station. Before he retired he was working at Schooner Cove Marina which he loved to do. He got himself a boat and took up drift fishing and was lucky enough to catch the biggest fish ever caught off French Creek.
About eight years ago he decided to sell his 3rd boat, and got a ‘hot rod car.’ Good decision!!! At his passing, he and Lorelei were the proud owners of their beautiful 1934 Ford Tudor sedan. They had many happy times cruising with their friends to car shows and other wonderful places.
Neil was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Bertha, stepfather John, his brother Bill, and grandson Justin. He loved his family more than anything and is survived by his wife Lorelei, his son Bill, son Dean, grandchildren Adrianna, Josh and Haley, his daughter Laurie, (David) and granddaughter Victoria. He is also survived by his sisters, Becky, Nicci, ( Tom ) and Christina and his sister-in-law Diana and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lorelei and Neil have many special friends who went on this long journey with them. You all know who you are. You were and are, our special angels.
The family thanks the whole medical community who took care of Neil at different times for different things over the last three years. We thank our family doctor and his wonderful staff who always fit Neil in when he needed an appointment. Last but not least, we thank the Palliative Care Nurses, the volunteers and Hospice ladies, who made Neil’s last few days comfortable and peaceful.
The family has decided to have Neil’s Celebration Of Life in the Spring.
A notice will be put in the paper at that time as to where and when.
If you wish to honour Neil’s memory please donate to a charity of your choice.
To send condolences to the family please visit www.yatesfuneral.ca
Yates Funeral Service And Crematorium (250-248-5859)
in care of arrangmements.