It is with great sorrow that the family of Neil McEntee announces his sudden passing on April 15, 2020, at the age of 50. Neil was born in Pleasanton, California, on Aug. 9, 1969, to Louise and Ben McEntee.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Megan McEntee, and his siblings, Jim McEntee, Jaime Hildebrand (Rob), Joe McEntee, Frances English, and Paul McEntee (Kelly). He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Jonathan Shattuck; Zack and Louise English; Kevin, Ryan, and Kira McEntee; Madison and Mia Hildebrand; and Daniel McEntee, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Neil was kind, loving, caring, hilarious, fun, high energy and devoted to helping others.
He attended Alisal Elementary, the “old” Pleasanton Middle School, and Harvest Park Middle School, all in Pleasanton, and Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California, where his father taught. He also attended Las Positas College in Livermore and California State University, Chico. Neil held a California license as a general contractor.
At Mission San Jose, Neil excelled in wrestling, track and woodshop. As a wrestler, he was a Mission Valley Athletic League champion in 1987 and 1988. His woodshop creations won blue ribbons at the Alameda County Fair four consecutive years. In 1988, he received the “best of show” Golden Bear Trophy at the California State Fair for a roll-top desk that he designed and built under the tutelage of teacher and mentor Bud Finley. His passion for woodworking led to his founding of Big Mac Cabinets in Pleasanton.
Neil became a divemaster and a marathoner in his 20s and qualified for the Boston Marathon. For many years, he was also an active member of the Tri-Valley Fellowship AA, hosting Sunday night meetings and baking chocolate chip cookies.
Neil’s greatest passion was raising and spending time with his beloved daughter, Megan. Together they enjoyed her sports events, fishing, Disneyland, Sunday night family dinners, and spending time at the family cabin in South Lake Tahoe.
The McEntee Family would like to thank the staff at Graham Hitch Mortuary for their efficient, professional and compassionate care during this trying time. We’d also like to thank Deacon Joe of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, for the “socially distanced” blessing, which was attended by Neil’s immediate family. Donations may be made in Neil’s name to Shepherd’s Gate in Livermore and the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when safe conditions allow.