Neil J. Arsenault Sr.
Arsenault, Neil J. Sr. WEST SAND LAKE Neil J. Arsenault, Sr. 90, son of the late Neil and Emily (LaBelle) Arsenault, passed away January 21, 2021, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. After graduating from Watervliet High School he entered the United States Air Force where he worked as a mechanic. Upon returning he was employed by New York Telephone Co. for 35 years. Neil was known for his love of music and learning new things. He taught himself how to do home repairs as well as how to play the organ, harmonica and accordion, often playing for the family, especially at Christmas time. Neil also had a passion and aptitude for using and repairing computers not only for himself but his family and parish priests. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Assistance Team at Sacred Heart Church and would often set up for morning Mass. Neil's family was the center of his life and he was married to his sweetheart Teresa for 62 "glorious" years. Neil was a loyal caregiver to his wife, parents and brother and always willing to help whenever anyone called. He is survived by his six children, Neil (Keiko) Arsenault, Jr. of West Sand Lake, Ned (Susan) Arsenault of San Jose, Calif., David (Sue Koehler) Arsenault of Gloucester, Mass., Lisa (Bill) Herman of Mechanicville, Beth (David) Barlow of Chesterfield, Va., and Mary Ruth (Gus) Barranca of Castleton; ten grandchildren, Gabriel, Brittany, Alex, Sarah, Adam, Jennifer, Katie, Alyssa, Nick and Pete; one great-grandchild, Kieran; brothers, Ronny and Allan; and a sister, Carol; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Teresa; sister Mary; and brother Raymond. We want to thank the nurses, aides and staff at Van Rensselaer Manor for the amazing care and love, as they took our place during COVID, especially Jen Eacho and Nicole Danaher. We also want to thank the wonderful Dr. Kaczor and the nurses on the 4th floor COVID unit at St. Peters for their great care, kindness and compassion, as well as connecting our family with him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy, for family and close friends. Face masks and social distancing are required. Contributions for those who wish may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, Online condolences at

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Published by Albany Times Union on Jan. 24, 2021.
Mass of Christian Burial
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
310 Spring Avenue, Troy, New York
Funeral services provided by:
Daniel D Purcell Funeral Home
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I took care of Mr. Arsenault at VRM on the 11-7 shift. He was always nice and pleasant. If you were having a bad night all you had to do was go into his room and he put a smile on your face. He would always say "hey pretty lady, how are you?" When you respond good how are you, he would respond " better now that I saw you" He was one of my favorite residents. I will definitely miss him.
Denise Ashley
January 31, 2021
Uncle Neil was one of the best. Too many family memories to name, but he certainly earned his trip to heaven. We will miss you but you are with Aunt Teresa now. Love Peggy, Mike and family
Peggy & Mike Monahan
January 26, 2021
Nancy and Al Castellano
January 26, 2021
We were so sorry to read about Neil. He and Teresa were wonderful customers of ours at the Old Daley Inn and we always loved to chat with them. Neil was one of the nicest guys and even though we haven't seen him in years, he holds a special place in our hearts.
Dana and Gene Coletti
January 26, 2021
My Brother and I both Served in the Military, and retired from the same Company, and shared interests in computers. I loved him more then I can express in words. I am sure he is in Heaven now God Bless
Ronald Arsenault
January 25, 2021
A life well lived and a truly special uncle who will never be forgotten. Sending my thoughts and prayers to all the family, friends and to all who loved and miss him.
Tina Arsenault
January 25, 2021
Love, Tina Arsenault
January 25, 2021
Uncle Neil had a heart of gold. He was always looking out for other's. There are so many fond memories, love and laughter he shared. I remember him saying, "He hopes one day to go to heaven." I told him, "He would!, look at all the good you have done." He raised his eye-brow and said, "thank you." I am sure he made it there. you!!
Alicia and Jim Carey
January 24, 2021
Please accept my sincerest condolences. Aunt Teresa and Uncle Neil were two of my most favorite and fun loving people in the world. Many great years of Uncle Neil's jokes, laughter and stories I will always remember. Heaven has gained another angel. Hugs and love to the entire family from Samantha and I.
Rachel Carey
January 24, 2021
Thank you, Uncle Neil for your wonderful sense of humor, you had a heart of gold and always there for us and other's. I loved how you always raised your eyebrow when you had something funny to say. Miss you, but will see you again. All my love to my cousins and their families.
Alicia and Jim Carey
January 24, 2021