John A. Neville [Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA)]
(Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) "THE REST IS SILENCE"
John A. Neville, of Lancaster, left this life with grace and peace on January 10, 2013. Born June 28, 1943, in Ashland, Kentucky, the son of Frederick J. and Lavetta J. (Morgan) Neville, John is survived by his wife Pamela R. (Lyons) Neville and daughters Kelli A. Lester, wife of Christopher T. Lester, of Canal Winchester, OH; Amy E. Antonucci of Lancaster; Melissa M. Neville of Ironton, OH; and Dulcey A. Antonucci, wife of Fernando J. Martin, of Lancaster. Grandchildren include Morgan Lester; Emily Bare; Jordan Lester; Haley Bland, wife of Cody Bland; Quinton Bare; Xandro Martin; Ansel Martin; and great-granddaughter Maci Bland. John is also survived by his beloved twin sister Judith A. Rice and his older brother Frederick J. Neville, Jr., husband of Lela, both of Ironton, OH. He was predeceased by his parents and an older sister, M. Jane Witt.
John graduated from St. Joseph's High School, Ironton, OH, in 1961; from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, in 1967, and from the Stanford Executive Program in 1985. After graduating from Ohio State, John chose the RCA corporate financial trainee program and remained with the corporation, initially working for RK Smith, as it transmuted from RCA to GE, then to Thomson Multimedia, and Technicolor. He moved to RCA locations in New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, and New York, and in 1978 his career took him to Paris, France, as controller of Videocolor, SA, a joint venture between RCA and Thomson-Houston, an electronics firm in France. Returning to The States, he became Vice President of the North American Tube Division, and in 1985 his negotiations with Chinese government officials earned him their great respect for which he remains known today. In 1992, as Executive VP of the Tubes and Display Group of Thomson Consumer Electronics, John again moved to Paris. Six months later, he was promoted to Executive Senior VP of Worldwide Operations overseeing approximately 30,000 workers in forty-six sites throughout Europe, Central America, South America, Asia, and North America. After his return in 1998 to Lancaster, he was cajoled back from retirement to oversee for several years the Patents and Licensing Group in Princeton, NJ. He was a member of the company's Executive Committee and a Senior Advisor to the CEO prior to final retirement in September 2007.
John will be remembered and loved by his family and many friends as a man of integrity, courage, unequaled wit, and empathy. He never failed to support, care, and mentor his family and coworkers. A third generation descendant of County Cork, Ireland, he was proud of his heritage, but his heart belonged in Paris, France. He loved walking the boulevards of Paris, shopping at the open air market on Rue Cler, meditating on Sunday afternoons at his favorite corner cafe overlooking Place Ecole Militaire, and sharing weekday meals with Pam and colleagues at his favorite neighborhood "duck place" or bistro. He was a former member of Bent Creek Country Club and Lancaster Country Club and looked forward to many rounds of golf in his retirement. His favorite avocation, for which he was well- known, was cooking exquisite meals for family and friends--whether it be his mother's fried chicken, sloppy joes, and hot dog sauce; his favorite pasta concoctions; or his sole meuniere and confit de canard. He remained a loyal Ohio State fan and enjoyed reviewing football games with Kelli, and verbal sparring with friends who are graduates of rival universities.
Family and friends are invited to attend John's Memorial Service on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm, at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. A visitation will take place from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers or as a memorial contribution in his name, family and friends are requested to consider a donation to St. Joseph's Catholic Schools, 912 South 6th St., Ironton, OH 45638, ATTN: Fr. David Huffman; to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1317 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314, www.curemeso.org; or to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.
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"NOW CRACKS A NOBLE HEART. GOOD NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE:
AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST.
HE WAS A MAN, TAKE HIM FOR ALL IN ALL,
I SHALL NOT LOOK UPON HIS LIKE AGAIN."
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