Neal Albert Knoot (September 28, 1964 – August 27, 2021)

It is with profound sadness, we announce that Neal passed away peacefully from this life, with cancer, at the age of 56. Neal was born in Silver Valley AB. He grew up on the family farm and learned to respect the outdoors and became an avid hunter and fisherman. He attended NAIT, training as a Forestry Technician, and moved to Slave Lake where he met and married the love of his life, Diane in 1991.

Neal had a diverse professional career working primarily with forest resources as a consultant and auditor. He worked in a variety of roles at mills in Prince George, Hinton and Slave Lake and most recently as the Operations Manager for Vanderwell Contractors. He also trained in a variety of occupational health and safety roles and became an instructor in First Aid and chainsaw use. He served on the board of the Lesser Slave Lake Forest Education Society and Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation. He was a dedicated volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Slave Lake Regional Fire Service.

Besides his family, and entertaining friends with feasts and libations, Neal’s greatest love was to fish, year-round, for walleye, perch or trout in Alberta lakes or salmon and halibut off Canada’s west coast. He was always ready to share his passion and would not only show you how to fish, but bait, catch and clean them!

Neal is predeceased by his father Cornelius (2010) and brother George (2012). He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Diane and two children: Melissa (Slave Lake) and Chad (Grande Prairie), mother Betty Knoot (Silver Valley) and brother John (wife Sheila of Spirit River) along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April, Neal received excellent medical care, particularly at the Cross Cancer Institute, and Slave Lake Healthcare Centre. The care, kindness, understanding and support provided by the nurses and doctors, especially Drs. Martin and Bourke, during this challenging Covid pandemic were of great support to Neal, his family and friends. The love and support exhibited by friends, close family and the staff and management of Vanderwell Contractors over the past two months has been amazing and a great source of joy to Neal in his final days.

A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Gathering Place in Slave Lake. Pastor Danny Brown officiated. Lorne Carson gave the eulogy and Chad Knoot gave a short personal statement and note of thanks to all in attendance. The family is very appreciative of the support shown by Neal’s firefighter family both at the service and by assisting with his transportation needs over the past few months.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Neal may be made to the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire and Rescue Society, Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory Society, National Service Dogs or a charity of your choice.

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