SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 18, 2013

Francis X. McNeil


Hampton, NH — Francis X. McNeil, 91, of Hampton, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

He was born in Somerville, Mass., on September 22, 1922, and was the last of 10 children of the late Wilbert and Frances (Barry) McNeil.

Fran was raised in Somerville, and graduated from Somerville High, Class of 1942. After a tour with the Navy during World War II, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University School of Pharmacy in 1950. Fran opened McNeil’s Pharmacy of Somerville in the 1950s, before relocating his family to Hampton in 1965. He had worked as a pharmacist with Palmer’s Pharmacy of Hampton, Green’s Pharmacy of Newburyport, Mass., Wentworth-Douglas Hospital Pharmacy of Dover, Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center Pharmacy, and then retired from The Rogers VA Medical Pharmacy of Bedford, Mass., in the late 1990s. In his retirement years, he worked as a greeter at the Walmart in Seabrook.

He was a faithful communicant of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church of Hampton, and was a member and past president of the Holy Name Society. Fran retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Hospital Corpsman Chief Petty Officer in 1978.

Family members include his sons, Robert F. McNeil, and Paul E. McNeil and his wife, Bonnie; and his daughter Peggy Russ and her husband, Frank, all of Hampton; his grandchildren, who meant the world to him, Kimberly Russ and her fiancé, Devin Cronin, and Cody F. Russ, also of Hampton; his beloved granddogs Ivan, Teddy and Dexter; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was the husband of the late Marilyn R. (Coogan) McNeil, who died in 2005. Fran was also predeceased by his siblings, James, John, Richard, and Louis McNeil, Marion Sullivan, Lillian Donlan, Peg Dunnigan, Alice Painter, and Isabel "Sis" Skakum.

ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, December 23, at the High Street Cemetery, Hampton. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the N.H. SPCA, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885. Arrangements are by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home–Crematory, Hampton.

Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Fran’s memorial website, sign the tribute wall, or for directions.