Tonight's CaringBridge posting by Neal's wife:
My Boyfriend, my rock, my protector, my best friend, my love, died at 6:25 this evening.
Neal was very peaceful, there wasn't a furrow on his brow or a wrinkle on his face. His breathing slowed down and gradually stopped. We could not have asked for a more peaceful passing.
Those who were with me held hands in a circle around us and we repeated the Lord's Prayer after Neal left us.
Bill and David and I had agreed that if we lost Neal this week, we would wait to hold the services until the Saturday after Easter. Details have not been worked out, but we would like to have afternoon services, possibly at 2:00, to allow family from out of town to arrive. As a tribute to Neal, we would like people who attend services to wear camouflage.
Thank you to all the friends and family who have supported Neal, Bill, David, and all our families through out this terrible ordeal.
My Boyfriend is at peace wrapped in the arms of Jesus.
It is amazing what my husband and I experienced today, seeing our dear friend slip away and thankfully, very peacefully. He had been in a coma for nearly 11 weeks after suffering a heart attack.
I will probably be away from my blog tomorrow. I'm sure you will understand.
Here are some of your favorite songs, Neal.