Neal Joseph DOLNEY

Neal Joseph Dolney was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan on November 22nd, 1958 to Stephanie and Clarence Dolney. He was one of 3 children in their family, Gerry the oldest, Kellie Anne the middle and Neal the last. 

Neal’s career started at Beaver Lumber in North Battleford, in the mid 70’s working for his father learning the business and he then moved to Edmonton and worked for Beaver Lumber at Northtown for a few years eventually joining Weldwood in Edmonton in 1980 and later moving to Calgary. 

He met Carol in the early 90’s during an easter dinner at one of Carol’s aunts family gatherings. There was an instant attraction between the 2 of them, but Neal was still living and working in Calgary. A few years later Neal moved back to Edmonton and worked for Unicity Custom Brokerage, and during that time, Neal and Carol started dating. Not long after he joined Formations and continued working there until diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2022, over 27 years. 

Some of his favorite things was joining Carol’s moms family on weekends in the Rocky Mountain House area for a weekend getaway where stories were shared around a campfire and quading expeditions consumed the days, along with good food and company. 

He was passionate about gardening and everything had to be perfect. Neal would often come home from work, pour a cocktail, have a bite to eat and head outside to dig around the vegetable garden and meticulously tend the flowers in the flower beds and numerous pots that decorated their patios and deck. He would often say, “I don’t have to go anywhere in the summer because the yard is an oasis” and he worked a lot of hours maintaining it that way. Outdoor lights would light up the yard in the evenings, and on weekends a fire was started in the fire pit and friends and neighbours would join them for cocktails, eats, and conversation late into the night.

He loved Carol’s nieces and his face would light up whenever he was with them. 

He will be greatly missed by Carol and their dogette named Georgie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Neal’s name may be made to your local or favorite animal shelter.


  1. Crystal Ann Svekla

    Sorry for the loss of Mr. Neal Dolney. Condolences to Carol most of all, and their dog.
    I have very fond memories and will miss you very much.

    R.I.P. My friend
    Crystal Svekla

  2. Gloria Yachyshen

    Sending our sympathy to Neal’s loved ones. Neal’s Mother and my Mother were cousins and our families often visited with lots of laughter enjoyed by all. He had the best smile. May he rest in paradise.

  3. Randy & Sandy Usselman

    Our sincere and deepest condolences to Neal’s family, and to Carol and family .
    My his light shine bright in heaven.
    RIP Neal
    Randy & Sandy Usselman

  4. Aaron and Carla Chicilo

    Though many years have past you will truly be missed. Rest in Peace Neal.

  5. Shelly Best

    I will truly miss my friend and colleague. I’m fortunate to have had several years of working with Neal. The mark he left with me will always be remembered.
    My condolences to Carol and his family.

  6. Abhinav Mohan

    I will surely miss you and our chats Neal. I know technology wasnt your thing, may be this is why we connected so ofter and I got to know you more than just a colleauge.
    I will always remmeber you and your words – ‘Abhi, you are a good man’. I am sure, you will keep heaven brightened with your presence. Rest In Peace Neal.
    My condolences to Carol and family.

  7. Sherri Duke

    My Heart is with you Auntie Carol, to have such a great loss and a wonderful partner that Neil was to you. Neil, I will cherish our friendship, great conversations over the years. Neil garden was always so stunning. I’m so grateful to have had you as part of our family. You will be forever missed.

    Love always your favorite Niece, Sherri.
    (Our inside joke as he would say that to both of us nieces)

  8. Kathleen and Barry

    Our love goes out to Carol. We so enjoyed you and Neal coming to visit . We will miss him too. He was a great gardener, that was easy to see when we visited your home. He always had something to say and so it was easy to visit as he was quite knowledgeable in many areas of conversation. Hugs to you Carol.

  9. Anthony Raspa

    It was great working with Neal throughout the years, he taught me a lot about the lumber industry!

    I will miss our conversations very much.

    My condolences Carol & Family <3

  10. Laurie Connolly

    Our thoughts & prayers go out to you Carol. Neal always had a great smile & a kind word to say. Keep your memories close to your heart ❤️ & may your memories help you through this difficult time. Hugs.

    Kevin & Laurie Connolly

  11. Patricia Denholm

    Grace and strength to you, Carol, as you move forward into your next journey.
    Trish and Dave.

  12. Laurie Montgomery-Prytula

    Neal was a kind, sociable, humorous, true one of a kind friend. A prince amongst men. He will be missed by all who knew him. I so enjoyed my visits with you both Carol.
    Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Wm. Shakespeare.
    Our deepest sympathy to you Carol and dogette Georgie
    Laurie and Gene


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