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Neil Ryan Wayne Jeffrey

February 7, 1972 - April 16, 2021


Neil was born on February 7, 1972 in Victoria, British Columbia, and moved to Surrey, Edmonton, and Ottawa then back to Surrey in grade 10.

Neil is survived by his loving wife, Rita; daughters, Kaylie & Emma; parents, Wayne & Jeannie; brother, Scott (Tammy) and nephews Hunter & Ronan; Brother-by-Choice, Mike (Rania) and nephews Curtis & Taylor; Uncle Doug (Lori); Auntie Beth; Uncle Howard (Judith).

After high school Neil attended Trinity Western University for one year and later attended the University of Lethbridge, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Science, in History & Geography. After university, Neil lived in Calgary, Alberta for several years.

Neil was overjoyed to become a father to Kaylie on September 6, 2003. In 2006 he moved back to the Lower Mainland. Neil met Rita in December 2009 and they quickly were inseparable, marrying on May 21, 2011. Neil and Rita were thrilled to welcome a second daughter, Emma (born on September 7, 2006) into the family in August 2015.

Throughout his life Neil had many jobs, but his career was helping people. This was always on his heart, and he did it in various ways from being a by-law officer in the Commissionaires, a bank manager (finding creative ways to help people obtain loans), a credit counsellor, a permanency worker for kids in foster care, and a homelessness prevention officer.

Neil was a member of South Langley Church and enjoyed serving there on the Food Committee and previously as a Sunday School teacher.

He loved to travel but his favourite places were close to home, especially Victoria, which was his happy place. He also loved going to Calgary, to visit family. A favourite pastime was visiting wineries and talking with people. Neil made personal connections wherever he went, and never left anywhere without having made a new friend. Neil was always determined to learn and do new things and was never daunted by difficult tasks.

Neil passed away on April 16, 2021. He will be loved and missed forever.


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From: Laurie Warkentin
Relation: Rita is my cousin.

Rita, Words are never good enough to express how so very sorry we are for your loss. With love, Laurie (Kris, Bennett, and Ryan)

From: Paul and Shirley Weme
Relation: friend

Rita, praying for you in days ahead. so sorry to hear of your loss.

From: Myrtle-Anne Rempel
Relation: Friend

He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all who knew him. Hugs to you all

From: Tim and Sylvia Smith
Relation: Rita is my cousin

Rita, we are so sorry to hear this news. We are praying for you; for peace and that the God of comfort would be exactly that to you right now.

From: Angela Uncles
Relation: Colleague

I worked with Neil at Options Community Services and had lunch with him every day prior to the pandemic. He was a great guy, very caring, and a loss to humanity as a whole today. My condolences to his close friends and family at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Neil.

From: Elysa Philip
Relation: Childhood friend and past co worker.

I had the wonderful opportunity to grow up with Neil and his brother on the same street in the cedar hills area. He was always one of the nicest, kindest kids around!
Then Neil and I connected again by working together at Options , where we were able to reminisce about the good ole days . I remember When Neil spoke about his wife and kids , his whole face lit up with such love and pride !!
My thoughts go out to you , Neil’s family… may you always know that Neil was an incredible, generous proud man , well respected by so many people . My thoughts are with you during this incredibly difficult and sad time.

From: Ryan Jeffrey
Relation: Cousin

We are all so saddened to hear of Neil’s sudden passing. My brothers and I all have great memories of Neil from when we were all kids, especially at our grandparents’ home in Calgary. You will be missed always

From: Stacey Stenabaugh
Relation: Co-worker

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Neil at CCS. Neil cherished his family and my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

From: Terry and Debbie Radtke
Relation: friends from Southridge Fellowship Baptist

We were so deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Neil. It was a joy to watch Rita and Neil meet and fall in love. We will be praying for you Rita, your girls and the rest of the family as you mourn. So much love to you!

From: Mark and Vivian Robinson
Relation: Friend from church

So sorry to hear of your great loss! Heart-felt condolences. Neil was a gentle and kind-hearted man of God. We will miss him dearly and will always cherish his godly example.

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April 22, 2021
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