Peacefully, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, Neil McTaggart passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at age 77 years. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 51 years Joyce (nee Riley); his children, Heather (Darwin) Cheasley of East Selkirk and Darren McTaggart of Calgary; and grandchildren, Cailyn Cheasley and Brennan Cheasley. He is survived and will be sadly missed by siblings Wallace (Audrey) McTaggart, Catherine Rogers, Orma Gray, Bob McTaggart; sisters-in-law, Elva McTaggart and Lois Riley; brother- in-law Lorne Riley as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Marie, brother Roy, brothers-in-law Harry Gray and Don Rogers and nephew Glen Rogers. Neil was born in Glenboro, Manitoba on April 3, 1941, and was drawn early in life to working on the family farm. He and Joyce married in 1966 and together farmed until their move to an acreage just south of Brandon in 1973. Neil worked as a parts manager for Hamilton & Jones and later went to Canadian Steel Tank where he worked as a welder. Neil always had a love for heavy machinery and would soon take up crane operating for R. Litz and Sons. He spent most of his work life in the crane industry and worked for many different companies until his retirement in 2003. Neil enjoyed his many careers and especially the people that he met and worked with. Fascinated by everything mechanical, in his younger years Neil took up flying and enjoyed many Sundays flying the skies and landing in many a field. He enjoyed the numerous visits from friends and family over his retirement years and would often be found in his shop having conversations about the next great invention and then would work diligently to make it come to life. Neil loved animals and until his health declined in recent years, he always had man’s best friend by his side. In keeping with this love, memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 7M6 or the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2B3. The Graveside Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Brandon Cemetery with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. A reception followed in the lower level of Trinity United Church, 1515 6th Street.