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James “Greg” Neal, III

  • On May 16, 2023

James “Greg” Neal, III (Smiles), age, 75 of Crafton, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 15, 2023. He is the beloved husband of 55 years to Paulette (Keeley) Neal. Greg was born in Pittsburgh on May 16, 1947, to Margaret and James G. Neal, Jr. He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam and was a member of the American Legion Post 862 in Robinson Township and the Albion VFW Post 3241 in Erie. Greg worked as an elevator installer for the former Westinghouse and then for Schindler Elevator for over thirty years until his retirement. His favorite spot on Earth was watching the sunset from his cottage porch on Lake Erie.

Greg is the beloved father of Holly Joyce, Mandy Neal, Keli Neal and the late Brenda Vester. He is the loving grandfather of Culin Evans, and Leah Vester and Nicholas Joyce, great-grandfather of Neal Joyce. He is the brother of Thomas (Carol) Neal, Mary Ann (Mark) Walker, William (Karen) Neal, Barbara (Gene) Turke, Peggy (Rick) Leah Stein, Michael (Kim Marie) Neal and Maureen (Doug) Powell.

Inurnment with Navy honors will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Greg’s name may be made to FARA, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, (484) 879-6160, https://www.curefa.org.

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Richard H Allen
Dear Paulette, I remember the day I met Greg when we bought the cottage and he came over to say hello and offer a drink. My heart is broken, I loved Greg like a brother and will miss him for the rest of my days. I regret to say we will not be able to attend Gregs funeral because of our health but know that Mary and I are keeping Greg and you in our prayers. May God grant you peace. Love Mary & Dick Allen
Dan & Gail Hoak
So sorry for your loss. We will miss his boisterous voice hailing everyone as he sat on his throne on the front porch. Sending you healing thoughts and prayers🙏🙏❤️
Fr. Tim Hayes, nephew and cousin
I am sorry that I will not be able to attend but my family members who are coming bring my love and prayers with them. I remember meeting Uncle Greg for the first time at the reception after his marriage to Aunt Paulette. He seemed at the time a bit overwhelmed at the number of kids in the Keeley clan. They then went on to increase it by our beloved cousins. Love to all of you. I am concelebrating Mass today and offer my Mass intention for him and all of you.
Mary and Dale Shick
Paulette Holly Mandy and .You have our Deepest Sympathy. Our memories of Greg will be with us forever and forever. Such happy ones they were. He was like a second father to our children as your girls are like daughters to us. Love you with all our hearts. May God Comfort you in this time of sadness. GOD Bless You and your family forever and forever and always ❤️❤️❤️ Sending prayers 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Richard R McCloskey
Dear Paulette, you probably don't remember me but I grew up with "smiles" and have some good memories. He was in my wedding along with Tom Keblish and Terry English, I just learned of his death as I lost touch in the past years. Although it has only been a few months I hope you are doing ok and my thoughts are with you and your family.