NELEMANS, Cornelius Peter ‘Neil’

On February 27, 1944, Cornelius Peter Nelemans was born as the third child of Jacob and Joan Nelemans.  Born in the village of Breda, North Brabant Netherlands.
By the 50s, their family of five settled in the Milverton Listowel area as farmers.  In 1962, Neil began his carpentry career assisting in the building of Midwestern Childrens Centre by Palmerston.  On June 20, 1964, he married Ingrid Teske, his bride for 59 years.  He became father to four children and grandpa to five grandchildren.
Neil lived a very busy life as he operated his own construction company in the area of Palmerston.  He was a spiritual man, busy in the door-to-door ministry, served as an elder caring for the needs of others in the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and became known and appreciated by thousands as he volunteered his time assisting in building 40 Kingdom Halls in Southern Ontario.
In 2010, Neil and Ingrid retired to the Wawa area where he continued his spiritual routine while enjoying Wawa’s scenery and blueberry picking.
At 80 years of age, on March 13, 2024, Neil passed away suddenly from a brief illness at The Lady Dunn Health Centre.
He will always be loved by his wife, Ingrid, children Ken (Elaine), Lorraine (Late Ghislain Rousseau), Alita (Jonathan Schmitchen), Corey; grandchildren Justin (Natalie), Arianna, Orbyn, Lola, Skyler.  He is survived by siblings and many nieces and nephews Tena (Late Sylvester Moser), Jim (Virginia), Ron (Carol), predeceased by his older brother John (Ann) and younger brother Jacob (Lorraine).
Thank you to the Wawa medical emergency staff for their efforts.
We would like to share one of Neil’s favourite scriptures as he looked forward to God’s promise for the earth, when “God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, when death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.  The former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:3, 4.
Memorial service to be held Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 7 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 54 Winston Road, Wawa.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Kerry Funeral Home Ltd., Wawa.
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  1. Bill and Jennifer Clarke

    So sorry for this shocking loss. He will be missed in Wawa and here in the Soo as well when we meet together. May Jehovah comfort you in this dreadful time

  2. Although I was only privileged to know Neil a short time, it was easy to quickly see his many fine qualities. He was hardworking and patient, but most of all He was very kind. He will truly be missed. We take great comfort in having the hope to see him again soon when God makes all things new by means of the Kingdom when people who made a good name with God like Neil did are resurrected. Please be assured of our love and prayers at this time for the family grieving this loss.

    The Mathers family

  3. I worked with Neil when he did screen doors for Harrons
    Rona in Moorefield…. he was a wonderful brother. Our condolences and prayers are sent for the family. I’m sure he felt very blessed to see the fruitage of his spiritual work, not only with his family but others whom he touched.

  4. Neil was a true friend: he took a sincere interest in others, he had a deep appreciation for spritual things, and was someone who reminded me of how important it was to have a positive view of others. He was a happy person who loved his immediate, spiritual and extended family. Most of all he loved his creator. It was a privilege to know and work with Neil. We look forward to seeing him again in the coming paradise.

  5. This kind and gentle man will truly be remembered until we see him again in the resurrection. I was sixteen years old when I met Neil and Ingrid. They were hospitable and a real part of the Listowel Congregation as it was then. Lorraine (Laurie) was my sister’s flower girl at my sister’s wedding. Neil maintained his integrity throughout the fifty – five years that I knew him and worked diligently on the ‘quick builds’ as we knew them then. Oswald and I consider his passing a great loss to us but will be a greater loss to his dear family. We will look forward to seeing him again in the Kingdom.

  6. Ken and Jeanette Barfoot

    Dear Ingrid and family

    We were so sorry to hear this sad news he will be so missed by the family
    We have such fond memories of you and Neil You both were showed such hospitality to us as well as many others
    With fondness Neil told Ken that his dad Jim really introduced him to the truth by his conversational manner in taking and interest in his carpentry
    It was such a beautiful service and Rod gave the best stories of Neil we remember his smile and always happy to see you We look forward to seeing him again
    We send our love and prayers 💗

  7. We’ve known Neil and Ingrid since 1976..they both had a great impact on our lives as we had just moved from England..Neil built our Ontario house..we enjoyed a lot of good times together..we look forward to seeing him in the resurrection..knowing it’s a promise that will come it’s the one thing God cannot do..Titus ch I verse 2..he cannot lie…love to the family..Dave and Marion..

  8. I can’t wait to spend time with Neil and Ingrid in the new world, catching up and making new memories. ❤️

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