Lewis Munroe McNeil Jr.
1928 - 2019
J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Portsmouth
84 Broad Street
Portsmouth, NH
PORTSMOUTH - Lewis Munroe McNeil, Jr., 90, died Sunday, February 24, 2019 at The Pines of Newmarket. A proud lifelong resident of Portsmouth, he was born on June 1, 1928, a son of Etta and Lewis McNeil, Sr. He grew up on one side of Whipple Street and then moved into his grandmother's house on the other with his beloved wife, Rita; they lived there together for over sixty years.

As one might expect of someone who only ever called two houses "home," Lewis's life was defined by loyalty, especially to Portsmouth and his family. He never missed the chance to tell stories about the city and its history, often informed by his own work as a carpenter, a volunteer firefighter, and a civilian planner at Pease Air Force Base. He found joy in walks around the neighborhood, lunches at the Ice House, gatherings at St. John's Masonic Lodge, and reunions for the Portsmouth High Class of 1948. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he worked hard to improve both his own home and his daughters' and loved having the whole family together for holidays, clam bakes, and trips to Disney World.

Lewis was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Richard McNeil; and his wife, Rita. He is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Randy Briolat of Portsmouth and Pam and David Hamilton of Dover; his four grandchildren and their spouses, Megan Hamilton and Mark Hempstead of Melrose, Mass., Randy and Sarah Briolat of Kittery, Maine, Kelly and Ken Daynard of Dover, and Ryan Briolat of Portsmouth; and three great-grandchildren, Harrison Hempstead, Lewis Hempstead, and Ruby Rita Daynard.

SERVICES: Visiting hours will be from 10-10:45 a.m., on Saturday, March 2, at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad St., Portsmouth; there will be a Masonic service at 10:45 a.m. and funeral services will follow.

Family flowers only, please; those who wish may make donations in his memory to The Pines of Newmarket Activity Fund; 9 Grant Rd., Newmarket, NH 03857. For online condolences, visit: www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel.

Published by Seacoastonline.com from Feb. 26 to Mar. 1, 2019.
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Pam, Linda, and Family,
We are so, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. We are thinking of you during this difficult time hoping memories of your dad and mom bring some comfort. You had two amazing parents that are together again in each other's arms for eternity.
Joe & Maureen LeFebvre
March 1, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I send thoughts and memories to the family.
Carmen Lepore
February 27, 2019
So many memories of Mr. and Mrs. McNeil while growing up in Portsmouth. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of their family.
Pamela (Gordon) Mattingly
February 27, 2019
Having to give up someone we love is never easy. No matter how good life has been or how warm the memories, the time is never enough. We are overwhelmed by the loss, and only after the grief has eased are we able to find comfort in how much we gained from the years we had together.
May beautiful memories give you strength in these difficult hours.our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Michael Fernald
Michael Fernald
February 27, 2019
I'm heartbroken and at the same time I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you and Enjoyed the time we spent together. Thank You for the wonderful memories of all we did together.
Rest peaceful my friend until we meet again
February 27, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times that you shared together. May our loving Heavenly Father provide you with the comfort and support that you need during this difficult time. (Psalm 145:18, 19) Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences goes out to the family.
February 26, 2019
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family of Lewis Munroe McNeil Jr. during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. Psalm 116:15
February 26, 2019
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