CEDAR — Neil Riley McCormack, 74, of Cedar, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home in Cedar. Neil was born on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1939, to Geraldine Ruth (Critzer) and Robert Riley McCormack in Pontiac.
Following his graduation from high school he continued his education and began a career in police work.
Neil was employed by the Pontiac Police Department for 28 years, retiring at the rank of Sergeant in 1989.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, 1981, he and his wife, Janice, were married in West Bloomfield.
Being part time residents for years, in September of 1993 he and Jan moved to the Cedar area, where he took two years off between careers to build their dream home.
Once he started his career that never seemed like a job for him, driving a school bus became a passion and Glen Lake Schools became his extended family. Neil loved the kids who rode his bus, some of them, the second generation of children to ride his route. After 18 years he still wasn’t ready to give his seat up ... although God had other plans.
Neil loved tending to his yard, fishing, boating, camping and vacations to warm places in the winter. He enjoyed life to its fullest and there was nothing he didn’t like to do. He was a great prankster and had a wicked sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh.
Neil was a member of Westside Community Church, the Fraternal Order of Police, The Elks, Eagles, Cedar Hilltoppers, Cedar Chamber of Commerce, the bus driver’s union, as well as the Pegtown Breakfast Club and the Maple City Health Club.
Neil is survived by his wife and soul mate, Jan; and children, Lisa (Duane) Simons, of Evans, Ga., Patrick (Traci) McCormack, of Orofino, Idaho, Scott (Michelle) McCormack, of Omaha, Neb., Christy Wilamowski, of Traverse City, Kevin (Nicolle) Wilamowski, of Manchester, N.H., and Kelly Miller, of Shelby Township. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Megan, Cali, Annelise, Libby, Taylor, Casey, Riley, Morgan, Aidan, McKenna, Bronwynn, Rhiannon and Finn; and two great-granddaughters, Lorelai and Mary Margaret. Neil’s siblings that survive are Jackie Morain, of Germany, and Michael (Karen) of Lakeworth, Fla. His best friend, Marshel Taylor, and his two cats, Beaudy and Bessie, also survive.