Neil was passionate about life and passionate about cycling. He was loved and respected by so many TBNer’s who got to know him through his years of volunteering as a ride and hike leader, as a board member, and as Cyclon committee member and Director. Everyone who worked with Neil knew that whatever he undertook, it would be done perfectly. Neil’s energy and positivity were contagious. He made things happen with constructive discussion and debate, and motivated others to do the same.
Neil was an innovative dedicated leader. Along with other volunteers, he helped revamp and upgrade the TBN website and membership platform, often working 40 hours a week. Neil’s demeanour throughout this arduous process never wavered, always positive, respectful, encouraging and keeping the end goals in mind.
As Cyclon Director, Neil expanded the destinations for Cyclon to include Peterborough (his hometown) and Ottawa, the furthest Cyclon destination yet. Neil outdid himself creating and hosting these outstanding events.
Working with Neil was always a ‘treat’. He loved to bake and would show his appreciation to other volunteers by providing home baked brownies, squares or cookies.
Neil had many passions in addition to the activities he did with TBN. He was an avid xc skier, designed xc-ski trails for the BC Olympics, carried the Olympic torch in BC, loved travelling, photography and food.
Neil was what is known as a true ‘mensch’. He was kind, gentle, inclusive, motivating and caring. His welcoming smile, bear hugs and calm, caring, helpful presence, will forever be missed.