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Robert L. MacNeill, 82 years of age, longtime resident of Newburyport, died on Thursday,  November 23, 2017, at his home surrounded by his girls and his family. He was born in Beverly, Mass., on November 27, 1934, to the late Vernon and Doris MacNeill. He graduated from high school an amazing athlete who lettered in four sports. He then joined the Navy and served on the USS SALEM where he continued his love of sports. He was an accomplished boxer with a dangerous left hook. He always had a passion to help his fellow man so at that point he became a physician's assistant. This carried him through an honorable discharge and later to becoming an RN. He worked along some of the finest and most skilled doctors at Brigham and Women's and Mass General in the operating rooms. At this time he continued his college education. He worked at GE in Beverly and then found his roots back to medicine. He was always thinking about everything; an inventor at heart. This lead him to proudly co-invented the first home kidney dialysis machine and many other things. He helped start the MRFRS rescue for felines, as well. He was a member of St. Marks Lodge in Newburyport, the Kilwinning Club of Boston, the King Cyrus Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Newburyport, and the Odd Fellows of Newburyport. He was also a member of the Aleppo Shriners where he played the bagpipes and marched in their band for many years.
Robert is survived by his wife, Nancy Lee (Bucklin) MacNeill of Newburyport; his children, Richard MacNeill and his wife, Gwen of Pennsyvlania, Terry MacNeill of Pennsylvania, James MacNeill of North Dakota, Randy MacNeill and his wife, Virginia of Pennsylvania, Tammy Pike and her husband, Bill of Newburyport, and Lawrence MacNeill and his wife, Erica of Texas; siblings, Vernon MacNeill and his wife, Marion of New Hampshire and Laura Gross and her husband, Arnie of Tennessee; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Twomey, LeBlanc & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Naval Military Honors will be rendered in the Funeral Home during the calling hours at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available behind the Funeral Home. Services and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert’s name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 27, 2017
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