Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Alexander “Sandy” McNeill (1893-1961)
Hockey player, lawyer, community activist.
Born at Summerside, Prince Edward Island in 1893, son of Hugh Joseph McNeill (1852-1914) and Flora Ellen McNeill (1855-1930), he came to Brandon and played on the Brandon Seniors (1918-1925). He was regarded as one of the finest amateur hockey players in Canada and the leading scorer in Manitoba senior hockey.
He was a graduate of the University of Manitoba Law School and practiced law at Brandon. He was President of the Provincial Exhibition (1937-1940), President of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, President of the Manitoba Conservative Association, and National President of the Association of Kinsmen Clubs (1929). He served for several years on the Brandon School Board. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church.
On 10 May 1918, he married Angela Mary Hughes (1896-1983) and they had eight children: John Alexander McNeill (1919-?), Dennis Hugh McNeill (1921-1978), Daniel McNeill (?-?), Patrick McNeill (?-?), Bernard James McNeill (c1925-1944), Angela Margaret McNeill (1927-2010, wife of Murray Pritchard), Florence “Dodie” McNeill (?-?, wife of Harold Scott and ? Burnside), and Mary Theresa McNeill (1934-1935).
He died at Brandon on 26 July 1961 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Marriage registration [Hugh Alexander McNeill, Angela Mary Hughes], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registrations [John Alexander McNeill, Dennis Hugh McNeill], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration [Mary Thresa McNeill], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Sandy McNeill dies in Brandon,” Brandon Sun, 27 July 1961.
“McNeill funeral set for Saturday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 July 1961.
Obituary [Dennis Hugh McNeill], Brandon Sun, 28 April 1978.
Obituary [Angela Margaret Pritchard], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 2010.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 February 2023