J. Brian

Date de décès:
lundi 19 février 2018

McAdams Funeral Home, NB

J. Brian Neill February 19, 2018 J. Brian Neill 1947-2018 J. Brian Neill, QC, passed away peacefully February 19, 2018 at his Fredericton home after a long and distinguished career as a lawyer and well known businessman. A graduate of Fredericton High School and the University of New Brunswick, he had been a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Law Society of New Brunswick since 1971. While a partner in various mid-size Fredericton and Saint John law firms from 1972 to 1994, he held a number of positions within the Canadian Bar Association, including President, New Brunswick Branch, 1982 and a Member of the National Executive in 1983. He was a Council Member of the New Brunswick Law Society from 1975 to 1985 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990. Brian stepped away from active practice in 1994 and as an entrepreneur he founded and became Chairman and CEO of Star Choice Communications Inc., Canada's first DTH satellite television service which was sold to Shaw Communications. From 2000 to 2010, he served as Chairman of several leading Canadian companies: LincSat Communications (now ExplorNet), BTV+, and Ciel Satellite Group, a privately-held provider of satellite services to the broadcast and telecommunications industry. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Virtual Expert Clinics Inc., whose first solution for intervention with children with autism is now being used worldwide. Until his illness, Brian served as Chairman of Fredericton-based Populus Global Solutions Inc., a global provider of health information services. His most recent project was the development of SPOT Technologies, a Fredericton based marijuana company which has now been sold to Canopy Growth Corp. Brian was an avid sportsman and, though he had many opportunities, he would never move away from New Brunswick. His favorite place was at his hunting camp, 'Mink Brook', with his longtime friends, Doug Cain, Kevin Daley, Roly McSorley, Rick Stocker, Don McCormick, Mel Keeling, Tyler Daley, Arnold Crawford, and Barry Fraser. He was inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame in 2017 as a member of the 1965-1967 Fredericton Jr. Vikings Baseball Team. He had also later played for the Fredericton Royals. He will be remembered for his strong competitive spirit which drove his success whether on the field or on the greens, in the courtroom or in the boardroom. Brian was predeceased by his parents, C. Marie (McFee) Neill and Frank S. Neill, and his sister, Carolyn Neill. He is survived by his wife Maureen Schmidt and his daughters Patricia Steeves (Jason) of Chelsea, QC, and Margaret Neill (Dana Burk) of Toronto, ON; their mother, Marti-Lou Neill; grandchildren, Madeline, Benjamin, Patrick and Isobel Steeves and Ella and Avery Burk; nephew Jamie Sinclair, niece Pamela Begovich (John), and stepchildren Paula Bertrand (John) and her children Zachary and McKenna, Bradford Richmond (Jenn), Tricia Poitras and Gregory Poitras (Jordan Sakundiak) and his son Ryker. The family would like to thank Dr. Bea Sainz and Hospice Fredericton, Dr. Julia Wildish, Dr. Mohammed Harb, Kevin McKellar, Lester Wood, Doug Cain and the nurses of the NB Extramural Program for their professional help and unwavering support and friendship. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Wu Centre on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Hospice Fredericton or a charity of the donor's choice. Visitation Celebration of Life at the Wu Center Visitation Time 1PM - 4PM Visitation Location Wu Center - UNB Requested Charity Canadian Cancer Society, Hospice Fredericton or Donor's Choice McAdams Funeral Home, NB, 2018-02-20

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