James R. "Jim" Neal

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  • "I was in high school with Jim. He was a great guy. I asked..."
  • "I will remember Jim for his wonderful sense of humor, love..."
    - Sandra Horne
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Conroy Tully Walker Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
172 State Street
Portland, ME

PORTLAND - James "Jim" R. Neal, 67, died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Jim was born in Morris, Ill., on July 11, 1951, the son of the late Harold and Charlotte (Castle) Neal.  Jim grew up in Illinois and attended local schools.  In high school he was a great athlete playing both football and wrestling.  He was named the most outstanding boy of the class of 1969.  In the fall of 1969 he attended college at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. His summer employment included working as a camp counselor at Camp Monadnock in Jaffery, N.H.  Reading was a passion of Jim's. He was known to start and finish a book in the same day. After college Jim worked at a bookstore, called the Paperback Booksmith in Boston.  Jim then moved from Boston to Peaks Island to start his family.  After moving to Maine, Jim became a taxi driver, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He loved to be meet new people and talk to them about their experiences.  In his spare time Jim wrote poems, his own book "Rehab The Novel," and everything in between. Jim always enjoyed playing Cribbage for hours with friends and family. He will be remembered for his love of reading, writing, meeting new people, and being a New England sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox.Jim is survived by his son, Cooper Neal and his wife Erin of N.H.; three brothers, Jeff Neal and his wife Susan of Illinois, Dale Neal and his wife Crystal of California, Jack Neal and his wife Cheryl of Illinois; Jim's future granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews; grandnieces and nephews.A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.  To view Jim's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit www.ConroyTullyWalker.comMemorial contributions may be made in Jim's memory to:National Alliance on Mental IllnessNAMI Maine1 Bangor St.Augusta, ME 04330-4701 

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 1, 2018
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