Martin Mc Neela

Obituary of Martin Mc Neela

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Martin R. Mc Neela, age 78, beloved husband and father, died peacefully surrounded by his family on November 23rd, 2022.

Born in Derry, Ireland to Martin Joseph and Ita (McGeady) Mc Neela, he immigrated to Brooklyn, NY at the age of twelve. He resided in Yardley, PA for the past thirty years and was a faithful parishioner of St. Ignatius of Antioch. 

Martin was a proud patriot and served with distinction in the United States Army. He later joined the NYPD, rising to the rank of Captain. Upon leaving the NYPD, he served as the Chief of Police in Coatesville, PA. 

Martin had an inquisitive mind and a lifelong passion for learning, earning a degree from SUNY Empire State. He was an avid reader, with wide and diverse interests. Given the gift of gab, Martin always had a joke or a story on the tip of his tongue.

In retirement, Martin honed his skills as a craftsman, plumber, electrician, and carpenter, often helping family and friends. He also travelled extensively, visiting every U.S. state. He delighted in his role as Grumpa and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Martin is survived by his wife Nancy (Desfossé), his children M. Patrick, Bridget (Ron) McIntire, and ColetteMcNeela, all of Yardley, PA, Jennifer (John) Savio (NY), Christopher (CA), and Timothy McNeela (NY); two brothers, Eugene and Brian McNeela, two sisters, Anita McLoughlin and Moira Hayes; and his four grandchildren, Declan and Flannery McIntire, Willem Friedrichs, and Griffin Savio. 

Friends may call from 5pm to 8pm Wednesday, November 30th at the Fitz-Gerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley, PA. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:30pm Thursday at St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, PA. Burial will follow at 2:30pm at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA.