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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: Angie
Relation: co worker

Neil was such a wonderful person. He always offered his time whenever you asked for it. Any time I would be walking through the halls or in the lunch room he would be the first person to say hello and ask you how you were doing. I feel like he was always the person to who make room for you. Just a genuinely inclusive and kind individual. I am thinking of the family during this time.

From: Sarj D.
Relation: Co-worker

My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. He was very compassionate in assisting our clients at Options Community Services. Cherish his fond memories. Neil may you rest in peace.

From: Heidi Calzavara
Relation: Work with Rita

So very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

From: Sandra
Relation: Past co-worker

My deepest condolences to the family. Neil was a kind and gentle soul who has helped many people throughout the years.

From: Sandy Dion
Relation: Co-Worker

Sending heartfelt condolences to Rita, his girls, family and friends. Neil cherished family, helping others and laughter beyond all else. His legacy of helping where and when he could, ripples far out into the world.

From: Linda Anderson
Relation: Ex co-worker at Options Community Services

I just wanted to send my condolences to all of Neil’s family. I diidn’t know him well but what I did know of him was that he was a kind, thoughtful and caring person. I worked in the same building with him. He always had time to talk and had a great sense of humour. I think he was a great guy and I’m so sorry for you loss.

From: Tammy Dyer
Relation: former co worker

Neil was a valued member of our Options family. His friendly outgoing personality made his co workers and clients feel welcome. I always appreciated Neil’s willingness to chip in with any extra tasks that needed doing at the office. Personally I knew I could count on Neil to help out in the kitchen at any of our Social Committee events. To Neil’s family; I hope you find comfort knowing that your loved one made a difference in so many people’s lives. He will be missed.

From: Ken and Darlene Fach
Relation: Rita's mother is my first cousin

Rita and family – Peter and Ruth – a loss for you all. We were saddened to hear the news about Neil. Rita – I met Neil when I was visiting your church with your mom and dad several years ago. It was a beautiful day – we were outside for a picnic after church. For sure this is a difficult time and our prayers are with you.

From: Anita Moore
Relation: Former Co-worker

Rita and family. I’m so very sorry to hear about Neil’s sudden passing. My heartfelt condolences to all who loved him. Such a great guy to work with!

From: Rebecca Sutherland
Relation: Coworker

I had the privilege of working with Neil for this past while and I can honestly say he is one of the most kind human beings I have met. He certainly always had everyone’s best interest in mind and was always there to lend a helping hand. He was an invaluable member of the team and I am so sad to have to say goodbye. My condolences to his family who are suffering from this tremendous loss.

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April 22, 2021
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