Francis McNelis (March 05, 1940 - January 20, 2024)

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Francis McNelis
  • March 05, 1940
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  • January 20, 2024

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Francis M. McNelis, (83) of Lehigh Acres, Florida passed away on January 20, 2024.

Francis, son of the late Patrick James McNelis and the late Alice Keeney was born on March 5, 1940 in Meenavalley, County Donegal, Ireland. Francis was one of fifteen siblings and is survived by two brothers Matt Talbot McNelis and Peter Oliver McNelis. He is preceded in death by six brothers Andrew, James, Eamon, Charles, Patrick and Bernard and his six sisters Alice, Evelyn, Una, Mara, Bridget and Celine.

Francis is the dear father of Pamela Lori Sahingoz (Erkan) and Matthew Talbot McNelis (Denise). Loving grandfather of Rhiannon Sieck (Chris), Bailey Duryea, Rebekah Sahingoz and Brayden Sahingoz. Great grandfather of Anabelle LaPersonerie and Emmaline Sieck. Francis is survived by his former wife Barbara McNelis

Francis retired from Northwest Airlines at JFK in New York where he worked for 30 years as a cargo manager. He retired to Florida and lived with his late brother Patrick McNelis in Boynton Beach. Francis moved to Lehigh Acres in 2016 to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. Francis was a very caring and generous father and grandfather. It gave him great joy to bring happiness to his family. He loved treating everyone to dinner and often slipped treats to the grandchildren.

Francis is remembered for his strong work ethic, love of family and his love of sports. He was always ready to watch a baseball or football game, especially if it was the NY Mets or the Washington Redskins and of course, he loved the horses! In his free time, Francis could always be found visiting family and sharing a cup of tea.

Francis passed away after a long battle with dementia. He will be truly missed, but forever remembered.

A Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, April 26, 2024 at St. John XXIII Catholic Church located at 13060 Palomino Lane, Fort Myers, Florida 33912. Gathering at 9:30 AM, Mass beginning at 10:00 AM.


St. John XXIII Catholic Church
13060 Palomino Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912
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Date & Time:
April 26, 2024 at 10:00 AM

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