Charles S.'s Story
Charles S. “Sam” Neal, Sr., 88, of Rockport, beloved husband of the late Doris (MacIsaac) Neal, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Born in Rockport, January 23, 1928, he attended Rockport schools, graduating in 1945. He worked for Thomas Wilson and Company (Twin Lights Soda) before joining the U.S. Army in 1950. He served in the Korean War until 1952 earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1953, he attended the Mass. Radio School in Boston and in 1954, he joined what was then known as New England Tel. & Tel. Co. He retired after 35 years in 1989.
Sam and Doris spent their earliest retirement winters on Marco Island, Fla., enjoying walks and shelling on the many beautiful beaches, as well as other activities the area had to offer. They were also able to see family often in Florida. Their children and grandchildren visited often and they also spent time with his brother Art, sister Adelaide and their spouses who lived in nearby Estero, Fla. He never tired of the ocean. Back home on Cape Ann a favorite activity anytime was a drive along the “back shore” with his children.
His family brought him great joy. He is survived by his daughter Linda and her husband Brian Hurley of Danville, N.H.; his daughter, Laura Neal of Rockport, and his son, Charles S. Neal, Jr. of Portsmouth, N.H.; his beloved grandchildren, J.D., Kristin and Rachel Neal of Rockport, Caitlin Neal of Gloucester, April and Gregory Hurley of Danville, N.H. He was also Papa to five great grandchildren, Aubrey, Khloe, Julia, Landon and Jacy. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Blackstone of Wakefield; his brother-in-law Rev. Donald Williams of Concord; sisters-in-law, Natalie (MacIsaac) Landergren and Frances (MacIsaac) Grier of Rockport and many nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Martha (Brown) Neal, wife Doris (MacIsaac) Neal; sister, Adelaide (Neal) Williams, brother Arthur Neal and his late wife, Virginia (Green) Neal and brother-in-law, Arthur Blackstone.
We give a special “Thank you” to our cousin, Larry Neal. He has been an enormous help and support to our father over the years.
Our family would like to give sincere thanks to all of the staff that cared for our father at the Lahey Hospital, Burlington, and at The Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 11 a.m. in Beech Grove Cemetery on Pleasant St., Rockport.
Arrangements are made by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be offered at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  August 13, 2016