Donald P. McNeil Obituary - Cowsmo

Donald P. McNeil Obituary

Everyone at Cowsmo would like to send their deepest condolence’s to the family and friends of Donald.

Donald P. McNeil, 69, of Star Road, passed away, December 18, 2021.

He was born in Plattsburgh on August 4, 1952, son of Glenn and Evelyn (Frennier) McNeil.  Don graduated from the Ellenburg Central School and later from Clinton Community College where he received his degree in Accounting.

Don married Sherry Magoon on August 21, 1982.  They worked side by side operating Don-Sher Farm, the family business, where they happily welcomed their three children and three grandchildren.

Don was a member of the Ayrshire Breeders Association, the NY Holstein Association, and served on the Resolutions Committee for Agri-Mark for many years.

Everyone who had the pleasure to know Don, knew how much he loved his family and his cows.  He loved to go to sales, catch up with lifelong friends that shared his love of the Ayrshire and Holstein breeds, comparing notes on all the good cows and, more often than not, purchasing one, even though his loving wife said “No”.

Over the last 40 years, “fair week” was always a huge part of his life.  The entire family worked hard all year long to be able to go on their “vacation” and show off their animals.  He enjoyed seeing old friends and scoping out the competition.  As the years went by, Papa and Mimi always loved to be ringside to watch their kids and grandkids show and especially to watch their passion grow.

Don loved to play cards, enjoyed a hot roll out of the oven, watching westerns and watching any sporting event, but what he enjoyed most was to watch his daughters’ playing basketball with their teams over the years.

Survivors include his loving wife of over 39 years, Sherry (Magoon) McNeil; his children, Glenn E. McNeil, Jenna (Mike) Legault, and Danielle McNeil (Eric Brior);  grandchildren, Logan Russel, Grayson Legault and Alli Brior;  siblings, Richard “Porky” (Helen) McNeil, Dave (Linda) McNeil, Jim (Diana) McNeil, Pat (Joann) McNeil, and Jeff (Peggy) McNeil;  and several nieces and nephews.

Donald was predeceased by his parents.

From all of us, we won’t say “Whatever”, but “Talk to your later!”

A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be held on Thursday, December 23rd from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Brookside Barn at Peck’s in Altona.

Donations in Don’s memory may be made to the family to establish a trust account for his grandchildren who were the light in his life.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting

Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the Rabideau Funeral Home, 5614 Route 11, Ellenburg, NY.

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