John McNeil died on February 26, 2018. He was an Honorary Advisor to both the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and the Foundation, as well as a member of the Investment Committee, since its inception some 18 years ago.
John was the husband of Esther McNeil, founding chair of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation, and former two-time President of the WMCT. John advised Esther when she created the Foundation 18 years ago, and was a vital partner in ensuring its successful launch and continuing growth. As the former Chairman and CEO of Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, John was able to contribute both financial acumen and networking skills to create a distinguished roster of Investment Committee members. As a long-serving member of the Investment Committee, John guided the Foundation to invest its money wisely and for the long term, ensuring the health and continuing success of the WMCT.
John was also a keen music lover and attended all WMCT concerts after his retirement.
The WMCT and Foundation community join in sending Esther, and her family, our deepest condolences, and very best wishes.