- On May 16, 2023
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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.