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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: Steve Moore
Relation: Rita introduced me to Neil at our company Christmas party pre-covid.

I met Neil at our MLL company Christmas dinner prior to Covid. To say he left a positive impression is an understatement. I most definitely remember his humour and laugh – and discussions of food and wine! My condolences to Rita, Kaylie and Emma and your family and friends.

From: Fernanda Capela
Relation: Past co-worker

My deepest condolences to the family. Neil always had a smile to share and his caring for others will never be forgotten.

From: Ingrid and James Baerg
Relation: Through South Langley Church

Dear Rita, girls, Peter and Ruth and all your family. We are deeply saddened for you and have been praying much comfort and many arms to surround you with God’s love and care. We enjoyed Neil and his enthusiasm at Family fun fair in the kitchen committee and his participation at SLC. We continue to hold you all in our prayers.
Ingrid and James Baerg

From: Vic and Donna Kopp
Relation: friend from church

Beautiful tribute to Neil by Mike and wonderful service by Darrell. Rita our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with you your girls and whole family. May our precious Jesus be with you and make himself very present to you.

From: Esther Loewen
Relation: Rita's aunt

Dear Rita, Emma and Kaylie What a beautiful service. May you feel lovde and supported by our prayers.

From: Kylie
Relation: Past Coworker

Words cannot express the shock and sadness felt from hearing of Neil’s passing. He was an absolute joy to work alongside and I so appreciated his wonderful sense of humor. We was such a great support for us at reception and was so helpful and kind with all of the staff and clients. He really had a way that made people feel at ease when he spoke with them and his thoughtfulness always came through. We were sad to see him go and thought of him often after he moved on to his new job. I so appreciated the joking and laughing, as well as the more serious talks we had. I feel privileged to have been able to get to know him and I will cherish those memories always. My heart goes out to Rita and their daughters during this difficult time – please know that Neil was very much adored by his coworkers at Options.

From: Dawn-Eve MacKay
Relation: Former co-worker

Heartfelt condolences to the family. I worked with Neil at CCS and he was a kind loving soul with a great sense of humour and his passion was helping people.

From: Susan Cuthbert
Relation: friend of the family

Rita, I am sorry to hear of Neil’s passing My go to Psalm is 34 – God watches, hears, comforts, protects and redeems. My He be your strength morning by morning. Continued love and prayer. Sue Cuthbert

From: Harmiena Torenbeek Ignatius
Relation: Applehill neighbours.

Dear Jeannie, Wayne, Scott, Rita and family. Feeling profound sadness for you all upon hearing that Neil has passed. You will all be in my thoughts. My heartfelt condolences, Harmien Torenbeek Ignatius. Neighbourhood family friend.

From: Nancy Dupuis

I spoke to Neil last Thursday the 15th..on the phone, he was so kind and I had stressful paper work that had come through and he told me so nicely, take a deep breathe, it will be okay..I will never forget how he made me feel so much better and comfortable. So sorry for everyone’s loss.

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