Neil was the first born. “Number one” of 4 boys, 1 girl, 3 more boys added later, 2 spouses of his siblings, and 2 nieces. A big, happy family!
Neil was the kindest, sweetest, caring, and compassionate young man. He loved God, his family, friends, and sports with everything he had.
He was a graduate of Rosemount High School, where he played hockey, since mini mites, football, and baseball. He was also a Boy Scout who completed his Eagle project. He went on to get a degree in business from MSB, where he gave one of the commencement speeches. It was one of the best speeches we have ever heard. He had quotes from his favorite athlete, Kirby Puckett and his favorite movie, Joe Dirt. He was witty, funny, and serious about his future.
He loved singing karaoke, movies, dancing, fishing, hunting, family functions, his nieces, holidays, gift giving, church, God, being with his grandma, friends, his dogs Snowball, Max and Banjo, Twins games, The Vikings, and HOCKEY!
He loved LIFE, which was suddenly cut way too short, from complications of surgery he had to have due to complications of medications he had taken for the last 5 years for mental health issues, which came out of nowhere and became a battle, and battle he did and NEVER complained!
He would, and did, give his last dollar, the shirt off his back, and friendship to anyone who needed it and in death anything that could be used to benefit others.
Neil was a donor! He had made that decision the day he first got his drivers license. When it became apparent, after 4 days in the ICU that he wasn’t going to make it, we honored that decision and the many gifts Neil could give. He had the most beautiful blue eyes and the kindest heart. When he sang, he sang loud and proud.
Life Source and Lions Gift of Sight have been a blessing to us in our unbearable grief and a miracle to others as they help give life and sight to recipients and honor those that made those gifts possible in many ways. The support given to the family’s of donors is a great help and continues until long past donation with many ceremonies, services, and ways to remember!
As Neil’s parents and family we miss him dearly and honor Neil and other donors by wearing our Support Life pins and bracelets. We are donors now and encourage all to give the gift of Life and Sight!
Neil, you were and are “the best” son, big brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, grandson, and friend, EVER!