It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Lorne William Neal, formerly of Saltcoats SK, on September 2, 2021 at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon. Lorne was born on February 6, 1935 to parents Thomas and Phyllis (nee Thomas) Neal on the family farm in the Meadowvale District. He was the eldest brother to sisters Lois (Casper) Haas and Joyce (Arnold) Niefer, and brother Verne (Joanne) Neal. Lorne continued to work on the family farm following his marriage to Patricia (nee Widger Yalland) on December 1, 1961. Lorne and Pat raised their three daughters Barb, Joan, and Glennys on the family farm enjoying a large and beautiful yard with a variety of birds and pets to keep them entertained. Lorne retired from farming in 1981 when he started working at Yorkton Florist and, when Lorne and Pat moved into Saltcoats, they both worked and volunteered at Lakeside Manor Care Home enjoying time with many friends and family members,
Lorne was a master gardener and was thrilled to have their yard at Tree Haven (their Saltcoats home) featured in the “Gardens West” magazine. The inside and outside of their many homes were filled with beautiful plants and trees. Lorne’s natural talent as a musician flourished when he started playing organ for St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in Saltcoats at the age of 16. He was proud to have played for the churches in Saltcoats and Bredenbury for 65 years. Lorne played the organ and piano by ear and was able to pick up a new tune after only hearing it a few times. This skill was put to great use during his many years playing for weddings and dances as a member of a number of local bands.
He leaves to honour his memory many friends and his family including his beloved wife Pat Neal and daughters Barb Neal, Joan Neal (Ken O’Neal), and Glennys (Terry) Koroluk. Also mourning his passing are his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren Erin Hodgkinson (and daughter Emma), Brian (Colleen) Louttit, Matthew (wife Julie and children Allison, John and William) Koroluk, Thomas (Ali) Koroluk, and Stephen (Jensyn) Koroluk.
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