We regretfully announce that Neil Anthony Bower passed away peacefully at the age of 71 on June 7th, 2024 at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie Ontario.

Neil will be forever missed by his loving partner Barbara.

Neil was born in Scarborough, England to parents Gerald (deceased) and Patricia. He was a wonderful brother to Sandy (Gerald), Gary (deceased) and Terry (Janice). He will be missed by nephew Benjamin and nieces Jessica and Caitlin. Neil will be lovingly remembered by the Hamilton family as well as all of his dear friends.

Neil had many passions with fishing being a favourite. He didn’t care what he was fishing for as long as he could hook into one. Neil was an accomplished sailor and always seemed happiest when he was aboard Cygnet 111 listening to tunes and playing his guitar. Sundays in the fall were always devoted to football. He played high school football, then with several leagues but eventually settled for the NFL on TV so he could follow his favourite teams. Neil would escape into books on every subject imaginable as he had a thirst for knowledge. This thirst led him back to school in his mid 30’s to pursue an area of study that he had great interest in which then led him to the work that he loved.

Neil enjoyed the finer things in life, good food, fine wines and great friends. Although he could be quiet and reserved you would always know that he loved you.

Thank you to Dr. Alexander Dickson, Dr. Jason Yu, Dr. Matthew Follwell along with the RVH Transitional Care Unit nursing and PCA staff for their exceptional care.

A special thank you to the amazing staff and volunteers at Hospice Simcoe for providing care and support far beyond our expectations.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Neil to Hospice Simcoe would be greatly appreciated. (www.hospicesimcoe.ca)


8 Condolences
  • Wayne Doucette
    Posted on: Friday, June 14, 2024 Reply

    You will be missed my friend.

  • Joanie Hamilton
    Posted on: Friday, June 14, 2024 Reply

    Love you💞miss you

  • Ian Hamilton
    Posted on: Friday, June 14, 2024 Reply

    u were the one who showed me music, when i was very young, u spent time in my bed room as my dad kept you from barb before u married, but i lucked out with u as u all ways knew what i wanted, on my birthday, remember the sling shot u gave me… i loved u buddy, and my sister did too. will always love u in my heart bud, save me a seat, in heaven, i love u bud

  • Joan Strathearn
    Posted on: Friday, June 14, 2024 Reply

    Neil was a great confidante and he could really jive. Hope he has a smooth sail home.
    Condolence to his loved ones.
    Much love, Joan and Stew Strathearn

  • Edie Albisser
    Posted on: Saturday, June 15, 2024 Reply

    You were such a big part of my childhood. Boat wars at Balsam Lake and steamboat counting at Hamilton picnics.
    We always had so much fun!! Wine time will never be the same without you. I have always and will forever love you! Until we meet again. 💋

  • Mike van den Tillaart
    Posted on: Monday, June 17, 2024 Reply

    Hey Neil, Thanks once again for all the support, all the guidance and all the conversation. Amazing how many solutions we came up with to the world’s problems.

  • Denise Kuhn
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 19, 2024 Reply

    Neil will be fondly remembered by his colleagues at Lotek Wireless.

  • Marek Pach
    Posted on: Monday, July 1, 2024 Reply

    Neil was my colleague, coworker, travel companion and a very good friend for a quarter of a century. Our work happened to be focused on the same subjects, but it was the multitude of other common interests that made us buddies. Neil was passionate and knowledgeable about many things. Other than his love of music, fishing, sailing and football, he was keenly interested in motor racing, classic cars, fine whisky, iconic guitars, edgy movies, photography, traveling to interesting destinations and many other fine things.
    I will miss the banter, the mutual teasing and Neil’s dry wit.
    Rest easy, my friend. You are dearly missed but you will never be forgotten.
    My deepest condolences to Neil’s loved ones.

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