It is with great sadness that I share the news that Jeanne McNeil passed away last Friday, April 15. She had complications from the cancer and cancer remedies that she just couldn't overcome any longer.
Jeanne was a long time club member with her spouse Scott Sprague, and they were both very active in the club. Jeanne's warm, caring friendship will be deeply missed around the club and on the cruises. Donna and John DeMeyer sent a wonderful tribute to Jeanne that I'd like to share:
Jeanne and Scott were among the first people we met when we moved to Bainbridge. We've known them through sailing, boat building, landscaping and even water polo. Jeanne operated in so many more arenas, too, so here are just a few of John's and my observations.
Jeanne is one of the most intelligent people we've known--curious and interested in everything. She would never give a flip answer to a question or comment, and would throw herself fully into whatever conversation or project she was involved in, whether it was cooking an amazing array of food for a boat raft-up to helping Scott's mom enjoy the last several years of her life.
Jeanne constantly challenged herself to learn and do new things. We remember when she took off for a week on their old sailboat to prove she could run it by herself. While she was still working hard in her landscaping business she went to law school; at the same time being aunt, sister, and friend to the many people who found refuge with her and Scott at their Island Center "compound".
These are just a few things we know about Jeanne. She didn't need a lot of fanfare when she took on a project--she just dug in and worked tirelessly until it was done. Her quiet and serious manner was only a light covering for the great passion she had for everyone and everything in her life.