In Memorium: Vance Arthur MacNeil

February 2009 Vol. 64 No.2

Vance Arthur McNeil, of Pipeline Machinery International, passed away Jan. 5 after a brief battle with cancer.

“We will not only miss his expertise, but also his humor, his loyalty and his friendship,” said PLM President Mel Ternan.

After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1963, McNeil began his career at Caterpillar in July 1964. When Mustang and three other Cat dealers (Fabick, Finning and Ring Power) partnered to start a new, international industry-specific pipeline dealership in May 2005, McNeil was one of the early recruits to the PLM team. His expertise with equipment mobilization and operation was invaluable to a fast-growing dealership, in a fast-moving industry.

McNeil is survived by his wife of 45 years, Georgana Faye Dettman (McNeil), his children Keith Dettman McNeil and wife Allison of Lantana, TX, Vanessa McNeil Rocchio and husband Michael of Birmingham, AL and grandchildren Julianna Marie McNeil, Matthew Thomas Rocchio and Emma Elizabeth McNeil.

A celebration of McNeil’s life was held Jan. 9, 2009 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Houston, TX.