McNeil, Declan

December 3rd, 2008

mcneil-declan The many relatives and friends of Chuck and Ciara (Morgan) McNeil of Wilmington will be saddened to hear of the death of their beloved infant son Declan Cathal McNeil, age 22 months, who died on Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at home surrounded by his family.

Besides his parents, Declan is survived by his loving sister Brighid who is his guardian angel here on earth, his dear grandparents Charles & Dorothy McNeil of Charlestown and Seamus & Margaret Morgan of Dublin, Ireland, and his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

His Funeral Service will be held from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, December 4th from 5-8 p.m.


24 Entries in Guest Book for “McNeil, Declan”

  1. Elaine & Tim Donovan says:

    Chuck & Ciara, Words cannot express how very sorry we are for your loss. What a BEAUTIFUL BOY!! You have a BEAUTIFUL ANGEL watching over all of you! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    All our Love,
    Elaine & Tim

  2. Jennifer Bergeron says:

    The McNeil family is a genuine, warm, nurturing and loving family. I met them when Brighid was in the Giraffe classroom at the WYLC.
    I loved watching either Ciara or Chuck drop off Brighid in the morning and enjoy watching Brighid squeeze Declan and give him kisses on his chubby cheeks as she would say good bye. The same held true for the afternoon pick ups when Brighid would go say hello and again hug and kiss Declan before she ran back to her friends or got ready for dance class. This happened to be a very fun time for me because I would get to spend time chatting with Ciara or Chuck. It was also the time that was extremely special for me because this was when Declan would either be waving to me or leaning toward me for me to hold him. Even though he’d be going to grab my glasses, I felt such a love for him. It is difficult to put into words the way Declan could make me feel when he would play or just smile at me. If for nothing else…Declan was the happiest little boy I have ever seen. To Declan, Brighid, Ciara and Chuck you have made a very big impression on me and my life. You will all always have a special place in my heart…for families like you are very few. To be as strong, united and dedicated to one another as you are is a gift to be treasured.
    When I heard Declan wasn’t doing well again my heart just sank into my chest. To hear today that Declan has past has brought tears to my eyes. I will miss him with all my heart. I will miss seeing the love Brighid has for him. I will miss seeing him spitup all over Chuck and Ciara. I will miss his cheeks and his blue eyes. I will miss the way he used to smile at me.
    May God bless you all and help guide you through this time of saddness…
    May God hold Declans hand until you are united with him again…
    Always thinking and praying for you…
    Jennifer Bergeron

  3. Katrina Nelson says:

    Ciara,Chuck & Brighid,
    Can't begin to understand what you are all going through at this very sad time. my thoughts & prayers are will you.

    He was a beautiful boy & I love those chubby cheeks!


    Katrina xx

  4. Carleen Wilson says:

    I never met Declan but followed his progress through his Aunt Sorcha (my best friend in England). I was really sorry to hear he was so unwell again and deeply saddened to learn of his death. Its a blessing that Declan’s grandparents, uncle and aunts from England were all able to be with Chuck, Ciara and Brighid at this time.
    God Bless Declan

  5. jonathan rutledge says:

    Dear Ciara,Chuck and Brighid, we are very saddened to hear of your great loss. All our love and thoughts are with you.
    your loving cousin Nickey & family.

  6. Neil says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of your great loss whilst I never meet Declan I followed his progress closely through Sorcha and Neil, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Yvonne Sidebottom.

  7. Denise Hegarty says:

    Ciara, Chuck and Brighid,

    Am so sorry to hear your sad news.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    He was a gorgeous little boy.

    Take care.


  8. Claire Hegarty says:

    Ciara Chuck and Brighid
    Sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful son/ brother
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Claire &Tom Hegarty Dublin

  9. Anonymous says:

    Chuck,Ciara and Brighid
    So sorry to hear of your loss of Declan. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
    John and Mary Campbell and family

  10. Anonymous says:

    Chuck and Ciara,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful son, Declan.

    Jamie Connors
    Charlestown Ma.

  11. paul says:

    chuck and ciara are prayers and thoughts are with you love paul,rodelle,anne and jimmy.

  12. Gelinas Family says:

    Words can not begin to express how very sorry we are to hear of your loss. Brighid, Ciara, and Chuck, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and courage. All of our love, Linda, Don, Alyson and Rachel.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Even though we were never lucky enough to have met Declan we heard so much about him from his Aunt Joan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Stephanie and Steve Morrison

  14. dave,eoghan,cathal,killian says:

    To chuck,ciara and bridget,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.we’ll always remember Declan’s wonderful smile and we hope he is having a great time in heaven.

  15. Melissa Blanding says:

    Hi Chuck,

    I recently heard about the passing of your little boy and I’m very sorry to hear about it. My condolences and prayers go out to you and your family.


  16. Susan Haley (30T6 Thomson) says:

    Hi Chuck & Family:

    Our hearts go out to you all for such a sad time. We can't imagine how you must be feeling, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Below is a story I would like to share with you and hopefully offer some peace knowing that Declan was one of "The Brave Little Souls." God bless you and your family.
    Susan, Shon, Justin & Matthew Haley

    The Brave Little Soul
    By: John Alessi

    Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. She especially enjoyed the love she saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day she saw suffering in the world. She approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?” God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” she asked.” God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.” The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this – it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer – to unlock this love – to create this miracle – for the good of all humanity."

    Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain herself. With her wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!" God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you. God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced.

    In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.” Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through her suffering and God’s strength, she unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased~

  17. Anonymous says:

    Chuck, Ciara and brighid

    It was an honour and a true delight to have known Declan. I think that everyone that met him, no matter for how short a period would have found it easy to let him into their heart.

    At a time like this it is often hard to find the right words, they all just seem so worthless. When I explained to Conall what had happened he was next to me when I brought up this site, he just looked at me and said “Declan is safe now” hopefully we can all find some comfort in these words. Are thoughts are with you at this time and always xxx

  18. Barbara LeBlanc says:

    Your family is in my prayers as you grieve the losss of your precious little boy. My deepest condolences to you.

  19. Philip says:

    Ciara and Chuck,

    It was so sad to hear about the passing of Declan. Our deepest condolences to you all. He was a lovely lad and we all have fond memories of him here in Ludford. Lots of Love. Mac Dermott family, Dublin.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ciara, Chuck and Brighid.
    I wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

    Marie, Killian, Darragh, Orlaith and Ciara.
    Wexford, Ireland.

  21. Gerry says:

    Ciara and Chuck,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Declan. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ger Willmore

  22. Ciaran Willmore says:

    To Chuck & Ciara

    Very sad to hear of the passing of your lovely baby Declan. Although I never met him, I have heard stories of how full of life and vibrant he was. His smiling face on the memorial card says it all…

    Ciaran Willmore

  23. Ciaran Willmore says:

    To Chuck & Ciara

    Very sad to hear of the passing of your lovely baby Declan. Although I never met him, I have heard stories of how full of life and vibrant he was. His smiling face on the memorial card says it all…

    Ciaran Willmore

  24. Sharon says:

    Declan, You have been on my mind all day today sweet boy, you were such a cutie, always smiling , you will always be in my heart and thoughts , im very grateful i got to hold you and know you a bit, you will always be missed , love you Sharon

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