Neil Ronald McEachern of Taylor, Michigan, age 89, passed away Monday November 6th, at St. Marys Hospital in Livonia. He was Born on November 18th, 1933, to the late Neil Harold and Helen (Bufford) McEachern of Dearborn at his Grandparent’s house. He was the oldest of seven children, preceded in death by his siblings, Jerry, David and Joyce Ann. He is survived by his loving wife Helene (Valentine) McEachern, his siblings Glen, Bob and Eddie McEachern, his two children Neil Joseph McEachern and Joanne LaFleur, his grandchildren Ken LaFleur, Jennifer Surre, Courtney Mathews, and Brooke Bryson and several great-grandchildren.
Neil loved his country and at the age of 16 joined the Air National Guard. In the guard he earned his pilot’s license and became an airplane mechanic. At the age of 19 he went back to high school where he met the love of his life, Helene, in chemistry class. Neil Graduated from Lowrey High School and attended classes at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. He worked as a Chemist for the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company for over 30 years.
Neil married Helene on November 27th, 1954, and they were the example of a loving and devoted couple. When his children were young, Neil would often take the family camping for vacation. Neil also loved going to Disney World with his family, having taken them the opening year and returning annually for several years. Together they always enjoyed attending events that showcased the talents of their children, grandchildren, and even their great-grandchildren. In his final days, Helene and Neil could be found holding hands and Neil was even heard serenading his lovely wife.
Neil had a great sense of adventure. He went on several cruises over the years, traveled to Hawaii, the Caribbean islands, Africa, Canada, Alaska, Europe, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Costa Rica. His zest for life never waned. In his 50’s and 60’s he went parasailing, white-water rafting, snorkeling, and rode every roller coaster he could get on. He did everything with a smile on his face and a love for life.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts the family is asking for donations to the Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan in Neil’s honor. Donations can be made by going to the The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan website (bloodcancerfoundationmi.org)