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|Hugh Mitchell Neill|
|Viewing: December 17, 2018 (Monday) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.at the St. Ignatius Chapel|
Service: December 18, 2018 (Tuesday) at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Hugh Mitchell Neill entered into eternal rest this past Sunday morning after complications from a recent stroke. He died peacefully at home with family at his side. He was 84.
A proud Washingtonian, Neill spent nearly his entire life in D.C. He attended St. Ann’s School in Tenleytown, St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Northeast, and Georgetown University where he earned his BA in Economics. Shortly after graduation, he joined the US Navy, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Randolph.
Upon returning home, he went to work for Riggs Bank, where he spent his entire career. By his retirement, he held an MA in Banking from Rutgers University, had worked in numerous departments of the bank, and served in branches throughout the city. Neill was a true personal banker of a bygone era – working easily with clients ranging from diplomats to local businesses to government agencies to residents of every Washington neighborhood. For many years he balanced the complex needs of his more prominent clients with oversight of the modest accounts of several Lafayette Park homeless, treating all as if they were the bank’s most important customer.
Neill met fellow native Washingtonian, Kathleen Grogan, through Trinity College/Georgetown socials in the early 1960’s. The two were married in 1964 and they enjoyed a happy 17 years of marriage in Bethesda where they had three sons. Neill continued to raise the couple's three boys on his own following her death in 1981.
In later life, Neill moved back to his childhood home in DC and was introduced by his nephew to the former Diana Weid, who brought tremendous love and joy into his final years. They were married in 1997 and enjoyed 21 years of happiness together until his death, when she sat at his side, holding his hand.
Neill is remembered by colleagues, family and friends as a true old-school gentleman — a humble and unassuming man who acted towards others with kindness and decency, who was never boastful, and who rarely spoke a cross word. He loved classic cars, maintaining (and occasionally sailing) wooden boats, the company of the family dogs, and writing notes, letters, and poetry of all sorts. A devoted Catholic and proud grandfather, he was always surrounded by his large extended family.
Neill is survived by his wife, Diana Weid Neill; his three sons Pat (Bridget Neill) of Washington, Jim (Amy McNamer) of Bethesda, and Stephen (Nancy Neill) of Washington; eight grandchildren; his sister Agnes Neill Williams of Chevy Chase; and countless cousins, nephews, and nieces. He is predeceased in death by his first wife, Kathleen Grogan Neill; an infant son, Hugh; and his parents Thomas and Helen Neill.
Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Georgetown University Hospital, where he received excellent care over many years.
Friends may call at the St. Ignatius Chapel on Monday December, 17 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Tuesday, December 18, at 10:30 AM in the Holy Trinity Church. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery immediately following.
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