Halliday “Alex” Neiley,
85, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of
died Saturday, April 6, in Lowville.
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,
Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, Mass., at the
convenience of the family.
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. www.jimmyfund.org
condolences should be sent to
Information provided by Sundquist
Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.