"Mac" Myron Rodrick MacNeil, age 76, passed away on April 26, 2018, at his home in Fort Bragg in the loving arms of his partner of 10 years, Lesley Vanderhoof. A private graveside service was held with a tribute from the VA and CHP.
Born in San Francisco on Nov. 27, 1941, Mac's first love was flying; he obtained his pilot's license at age 17. Joining the Navy soon after, Mac was stationed in Hawaii as a radio operator. Continuing his service, he joined the police department and worked in Los Angeles, San Rafael and San Francisco, continuing on with the California Highway Patrol. Mac retired from his 30-plus-year career as the CHP Sergeant in Fort Bragg, California.
After his work on the force, Mac's 40-year love of lamp work led him to open MacNeil Glassworks where he impressed and made many friends with his talents on the torch. Mac also was known for his amazing aerobatics performing every 4th of July in his LongEz airplane. His love for the community and the love he received back will be missed.
Mac is survived by his oldest daughter, Theresa Lowe; grandson, Aedan; youngest daughter, Elisabeth Langford; granddaughter, Gabriela Vangeli; brother, Roderick MacNeil; sister, Joan Westphal; cousins, Gayle and Judith Garneri; and nephew, Walter Langford. There will be a "Celebration of Life" memorial held for Mac on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Laurel Deli in The Depot.
Published in The Mendocino Beacon on Oct. 25, 2018.