McConnell, Lyle Neven

After many years struggling with mental health challenges, Lyle McConnell of Meaford succumbed to his illness on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the age of 68.

Born in Meaford on February 5, 1953, Lyle was a son of the late George and Elsie (nee Smith) McConnell.

He will be missed dearly by his much loved partner and best friend, Carol Sadler of Meaford.

Lyle was the proud father of Tara McConnell, Eric McConnell (Grace),  Troy McConnell, and will be remembered fondly by their mother, Ruth McConnell.

He was the much loved brother of Joy Allan (Gord), Patricia MacDonald, Linda Gray (late Tom), and Catherine Verburg (David).

Lyle will be remembered fondly by Carol’s children; Rory, Jennifer (Tyler) and Alicia (Devon), and grandchildren; Jacob, Sophie, Amelia, Oliver, Rowan and Eli, and by his many nieces, nephews and their families.

Lyle was a kind and gentle soul; he was sensitive, patient and extremely thoughtful. He would do anything for anybody and would do it thoroughly and with care.  Lyle loved animals, especially his cats, and any other four legged friends in need of love and attention.  He had a wonderful sense of humour and loved to make those around him smile.  Music was a very important part of Lyle’s world, it brought him joy, comfort and peace.   ‘Though your feet may take you far from me, I know wherever is your heart I call home.’ Brandi Carlile

A private family service will be conducted at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford, with a service of committal and interment following at Lakeview Cemetery.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

A private family service will be conducted at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford, with a service of committal and interment following at Lakeview Cemetery.

Donations: Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Melody Robinson and Mark Heathfield
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    Dear Linda and family. We are so deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Please know that we carry you in our hearts each day as you endure this time of great pain and suffering.

    In sympathy,

    Melody Robinson and Mark Heathfield

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  2. Sherry Gallinger
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    So Sad, went to high school with Lyle, haven’t seen him since, and that’s a few years ago!! Lyle and I sat together in our home room, at the double seating units in Miss. Disher’s Class!! Lyle was the shiest guy I ever knew!!

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    1. Tara McConnell
      Wednesday, March 3, 2021

      Thank you Sherry for sharing your memory of my dad. It made me smile, he was definitely a shy guy.

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  3. Cheryl Ann Smith
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    I’m so very sad to hear about my cousin Lyle. Even though I never saw him after our childhood, I never forgot him, or any of my cousins. Depression is such a terrible and mysterious suffering, so often afflicting the tenderest and most gentle souls. My heart goes out to all his family

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  4. Lezlie Smith
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    We always enjoyed spending time with our cousin Lyle. Always quick to laugh and show his beautiful smile! We thought him so handsome and a pleasure to be with. My heart goes out to all who were close to him and will sorely miss him.

    Lezlie Smith

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    1. Tara McConnell
      Wednesday, March 3, 2021

      Thank you Lezlie for your memories, they are so nice to read. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Kyle Turner
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    Sending love and sympathy from all of us. The above obituary really shows how much Lyle made a positive impact on those around him with his humor and empathy.

    Virtual hugs

    Reply
  6. Pam Grundmann
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember riding the school bus with Cathy every day when I was very young, and listening to stories that my mom told about her cousins. Whenever I drive past that farmhouse, I always think of your family growing up there. My sincere condolences go out to your whole family.

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  7. Jason Allan
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    My deepest sympathies and condolences to everyone who is affected by Lyle’s tragic passing, and especially to my cousins Tara, Eric, and Troy. Know that in your dark times, there are many walking with you in spirit.

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    1. Tara McConnell
      Thursday, March 4, 2021

      Thank you Jason.

      Reply
  8. Lorene Taylor
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    Sending my condolences to Eric, Tara, Troy and Ruth, also to Carol and her family.

    Lorene Taylor

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  9. Elaine Bumstead
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Lyle’s struggles and of his passing. Our deepest sympathy for the family and all who knew him and loved him. My brother Ron chumed with Lyle. We were neighbours of the McConnell family for many years and knew Lyle and his sisters in Sunday School, school, youth groups etc and travelled to high school on the same school bus. Its a difficult time to say goodbye to a loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Elaine Bumstead (on behalf of the Mills family)

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  10. Ron Mills
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    I am saddened, to say the least! Lyle and I were, for a critical time in our younger lives, best friends. I remember him as a shy guy, but also as a sincere and honest and genuine person, and a great friend. We shared some wonderful and memorable times together!

    To the McConnell family, and to all of those who loved him, I offer my sincere condolences.

    Ron Mills

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    1. Tara McConnell
      Thursday, March 4, 2021

      Thank you Ron for sharing. 🙂

      Reply
  11. Doreen Keyzer
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    My memories of Lyle date back to Sunday School at Epping United Church . I knew George and Elsie and family well. Joy and I are friends and share many great memories from High School days. My husband and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the McConnell families.

    Maarten and Doreen Keyzer

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  12. Brenda Sereda
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    Linda Gray, and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Treasure the memories.

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  13. Joan and Mervin mcConnell
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    Lyle was a much loved member of all our family. I was lucky to grow up beside my McConnell cousins and watched Lyle grow from a beautiful toddler to a kind, quiet young man. What I remember most was his easy smile and chuckle. Lyle touched a lot of people and will be missed by all of them. I am sorry for the huge painful loss that his family are feeling and hope pleasant memories will bring some peace.
    Rest In Peace Lyle. Know you were important and very much loved.

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    1. Tara McConnell
      Thursday, March 4, 2021

      Thank you for your message and memories Joan and Mervin. He was so important and so loved.

      Reply
  14. Jim Bromley & Heather Renyck
    Thursday, March 4, 2021

    Our condolences and sympathies to Carol and her family and the McConnell family.

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  15. Ted L Smith
    Friday, March 5, 2021

    My sincere condolences to the McConnell Family on the the passing of Lyle McConnell namely Eric, Tara, Troy and Ruth, also to Carol and her family. Lyle was a wonderful cousin who we visited every holiday weekend while we grew up in the Meaford area. RIP Lyle.
    Marget & Ted Smith

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    1. Tara McConnell
      Sunday, March 7, 2021

      Thank you Ted and Marget.

      Reply
  16. Jessica
    Friday, March 5, 2021

    Our heartfelt condolences to the McConnell family, to Carol and her family and especially to my cousins Eric, Tara and Troy.

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    1. Tara McConnell
      Sunday, March 7, 2021

      Thank you Jess.

      Reply
  17. John and Brenda Wilton
    Saturday, March 6, 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Lyle’s family at this very difficult time. Although we never met Lyle, we felt we knew him through his sister and our friend Linda. It was evident that he loved and was much loved by his family, and was a very kind and generous man.
    John and Brenda Wilton

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  18. Christopher Nolan
    Sunday, March 7, 2021

    My deepest condolences to everyone affected. Sorry for your loss.

    My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    Christopher Nolan

    Reply

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