Neil Killoran of Fort Macleod passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the age of 85 years.
Neil Killoran was born at Ladysmith, B.C. on Dec. 15 1927. He came to Fort Macleod three years later with his family who owned a farm in the Waterton district south of Fort Macleod. Neil attended school at Waterton until Grade 9 and then two years in Fort Macleod. As a young man, Neil drove school bus for the South Macleod students.
Neil farmed and worked other jobs for many years. He worked for the federal government for 23 years with the Department of National Defence and later the Public Works at the Post Office building in Fort Macleod. He also drove truck for Charlton’s Trucking Company. He retired in 1989.
Neil was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
In 1958, Neil married Annie Wojnar, a nurse he met who worked at the then Blood Indian Hospital. Neil and Annie made their home in Fort Macleod. They had two daughters, Anastasia (Stasha) and Kathleen.
Neil was predeceased by his wife Annie; his parents Fred and Olive Killoran; his brothers Francis and Bob Killoran; as well as his sister Margaret Stone.
Neil was a quiet, kind man with a great sense of compassion for others. He had a dry sense of humour that his family loved. He will be greatly missed by his daughters and their families: Stasha (Tim) Donahue of Fort Macleod (sons Keagan, Conlan, and Mac Donahue) and Kathleen (Jim) Carlsen of Calgary (son Erik Carlsen). He will also be missed by his friend of 80 years, Joe Ferdais, of Elnora, Alta.; nephews Gordon (Andrea) Stone and Colin Stone of Prince George, B.C.; and sister-in-law Betty Killoran of Spokane, Washington.
A memorial was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 Fifth Ave., Fort Macleod.
Memorial donations may be made in Neil’s memory to the Fort Macleod Community Support Beds, P.O. Box 520, Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 Fifth Ave., Fort Macleod. Phone 403-553-3772 or visit www.edensfuneralhome.com.