It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Neil "Joe" Bolton, 76, of Brockville. Over the last few months Neil had put up a courageous fight to survive his ongoing health issues but passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on September 20, 2023, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.
He is survived by his best friend and love of his life, JoAnn Halka. They were married for 53 years. As a family man he was the father of three beautiful daughters who he truly adored, Lisa DeJong (Brian), Wendy Bolton (Dwayne), and Amy Escoffrey (Michael). He was Grampa and Pa to six wonderful grandchildren, Darcy DeJong (Rebecca), Lindsey Carew (Ken), Spencer Alguire, Kate Alguire, Payton Vollans, and Brooklyn Vollans, and the "icing on the cake" was having eight precious great-grandchildren.
In 1970 Neil began his life long career selling real estate. He worked for Albert Gale Real Estate in Brockville, then in 1974 he decided to make the "big leap" and start his own real estate business, Neil Bolton Real Estate Ltd. Many may remember his big yellow sign on Central Avenue where his office was located. In August 2020 he finally decided to retire and enjoy life and family. He met many wonderful people over the years, and even after retirement kept in touch with many past clients and fellow realtors.
Neil will always be remembered for his quick wit and making jokes or comments that would put a smile on everyone's face. We will miss his sense of humour and always caring personality. Family and close friends were his "everything".
Neil was predeceased by his parents Ken and Florence Bolton (nee Anderson), brother Grant Bolton (Joan), sister Marilyn Spence (Bud), and brother-in-laws, Burton "Bud" Spence, and Brian Frederick (Pat).
He leaves behind sister-in-laws, Joan Bolton, Patricia Halka-Frederick, many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and life-long close friends John Oke of Peterborough, and Archie Miedema (Kathy) of Brockville.
Special thanks to Dr. David Beattie and staff at Home Street Family Practice, to the Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa Civic Hospital and the Brockville General Hospital for their compassionate care during these last few difficult months.
Neil has requested that things be "kept simple" so there will be no visitation or funeral. A graveside ceremony will be held at 1 :00 pm on Monday, September 25 at the New Dublin cemetery. After burial, family and friends are invited to an informal "get together" to celebrate his life. It will take place at St. James Masonic Lodge, 3904 Bethel Rd, just east of Brockville (corner of County Rd 26 (3rd Concession) and Bethel Rd).
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Neil's memory to the Ottawa Heart Institute or the charity of your choice. Messages of condolences may be sent on line at www.eternalcare.ca.