Death of former London Association chairman

The late William (Billy) McNeill
The late William (Billy) McNeill

THE death has occurred in London of William (Billy) McNeill, a well-known former chairman of the Killarney Reunion Association.

He passed away peacefully at Whipps Cross Hospital in London on Tuesday, at the age of 86.

Billy was born at 46, Lower New Street, Killarney to William and Alice McNeill on 25 August 1929. He had a sister Alice (Dolly) who passed away in 2008 and is survived by his brother Richard, who still lives in England.

Well-known in his early years for being very much involved with the FCA and as a very popular in the town, where he was known to most Killarney people, until he moved to England in 1950.

He first worked the Cossor Radio Company and then for Smith’s Industries for 26 years, becoming a senior manager.

Having officially retired, he became a housing association manager for a further 10 years.

Billy was very well known in Irish circles in London and at one time served at the helm of the Killarney Reunion Committee.

He remained a bachelor all his life and enjoyed cruising around the world.

He will be sadly missed by his nephews Charles, James and Stephen McNeill, in England, and David, Timothy and Will Spillane in Ireland. He will also be very sadly missed by his only niece, Valerie Carroll (nee Spillane) and by his many great-nephews and nieces, spread around the world.