Died: May 26, 1990
Married: Genevieve Creaser
Children: David B. MacNeill; Richard G. MacNeill; John Kenneth MacNeill (died in 1953).
Wilfred MacNeill was a physical therapist who worked with prosthetics. He worked for the Rehabilitation Guild and later the Saranac Lake General Hospital.
He also sang in performances arranged by the Oratorio Society.
He is buried in the North Elba Cemetery.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 29, 1990
Wilfred A. MacNeill
SARANAC LAKE — Wilfred A. MacNeill, 72, of 39 Park Avenue, died Saturday, May 26, 1990 at the General Hospital of Saranac Lake.
He was born July 22, 1917 in Bass River, Nova Scotia, the son of Alex and Leanna (Newton).
Mr. MacNeill was a 1948 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. He interned in physical therapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1949, he was hired by Phillips Academy and later that year went to work for Yale University. Later in 1949 he moved to Saranac Lake. He worked for the Rehabilitation Guild and later the General Hospital of Saranac Lake as a physical therapist, retiring in 1985.
For the last four years, he worked part time at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital.
He was a member of the Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association, a one-time chairman of the American Cancer Society, a member of the Saranac Lake Oratorio Society, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he was active in the choir.
Survivors include his wife, the former Genevieve Creaser, whom he married June 28, 1945; two sons, David B. MacNeill of Hamlin and Richard G. MacNeill of Saranac Lake; one sister, Mrs. Hubert (Amy) Ells of Nova Scotia; and several nieces and nephews.
A son, John Kenneth MacNeill, died in 1953.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 7 tonight in the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake with the Rev. John Fitch officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the General Hospital of Saranac Lake, High Peaks Hospice or the First Presbyterian Church in care of Fortune Funeral Home.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 22, 1956
Wilfred MacNeil, of 32 Park ave., has completed a special school al New York University in the rehabilitation of above-knee amputees. MacNeil was among the 59 physicians, surgeons, therapists and prosthetists who were trained in a program conducted by the College of Engineering and the Post-Graduate Medical School of New York University. During his training he studied the biomechanical details of an amputee's gait, new mechanical devices, the fitting and alignment of prosthetic devices, evaluation and training of patients, the prescription of prosthetic devices and clinic procedures.
- Artificial Limbs, a review of current developments, Prosthetics Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, 1956. See p. 45