Norwich - Royce E. Neil, 79, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Norwich, passed away Sept. 21, 2012, at Martin Medical Center in Stuart, Fla.
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He was born in Norwich, graduated from Norwich Free Academy and from the University of New Haven with a degree in criminal justice. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War. He was a state trooper for the State of Connecticut, in which four of those years he served as a resident trooper in Ledyard. After retiring in 1973, he became the director of security at Mitchell College in New London.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norwich, a longtime member in the Ledyard Sportsman's Club, and founder and past member of the Tuckerburg Club in Ledyard. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Descendants, and the Korean War Veterans Post #106 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Lilliane Neil of Port St. Lucie; son, James Neil; daughters, Susan Knight, Judy Nee, and Carol Lindgren; four granddaughters and a grandson.
He was predeceased by his sister, Gwen McMahon.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Norwich. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
To leave a message of condolence for Royce Neil's family, please visit his memorial at www.churchandallen.com
Published in The Day on Sept. 26, 2012