Alexander H. Neiley

April 9, 2013 

LOWVILLE, N.Y.    Alexander Halliday “Alex” Neiley, 85, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of Lincoln, Mass., died Saturday, April 6, in Lowville.

orn April 6, 1928, in Medford, Mass., the son of Richard Bowdoin and Margaret Halliday Neiley, he graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1952 and entered the U.S. Navy serving active duty for five years, during which time he served on the USS Oriskany as a dive bomber pilot, then 18 years reserve duty being honorably discharged in 1975 as captain. He served in the Naval Reserve until being called back to duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis where he took an active role as a Navy pilot.

He married Diana Maude Biggar on July 20, 1957, at First Church Congregational in Cambridge, Mass., with Rev. Calkins and Rev. Dr. Cooke officiating. The couple resided in Lincoln, Mass., where Alex worked as senior marketing consultant at the John Hancock Life Insurance Co., home office, retiring in 1987.

Alex loved salt water fishing and sailing off Cape Cod, Mass., photography and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Diana; two daughters, Elizabeth Nelson and her husband, Blake, and their two daughters, Heather and Paige; Susan Merrell and her husband, Charles, and their children, Lindsay and her husband, Matt Clark, C. Alexander, James, and Elyse; a brother, Richard, and his wife, Patricia; his nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Margaret Neiley, and a sister, Jean Dunphy, predeceased him.

Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, Mass., at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials in Alex’s name to: Lewis County Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 247, Lowville, NY 13367; or The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6TH Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7295.

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Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.