A. Neil Small

A. Neil Small, 73, died on June 25, 2024. He was born on Feb. 14, 1951, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Due to his father’s work as a minister, Small spent his childhood moving around Scotland, most notably Westray, one of the most northerly Orkney Islands.

He studied at Aberdeen University, earning his master’s in economics and political science. He worked his way up the corporate ladder, which presented an opportunity for relocation in 1988 to Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Throughout his career, he was known for his leadership as president and CEO of Stock Equipment Company and as CEO of Capital Tape Company.

In his free time, Small enjoyed golf and reading. He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where he enjoyed sharing his wisdom and sense of humor with his many friends. When people asked Small what the “A” before his name stood for, he would remark, “If I told you, I’d have to shoot you!”

Small is survived by his wife, Joanne (“Jo”) deHamel; his children, Cameron (Amanda) and Andrew (Katie); his grandchildren, CJ, Carter, Fiona and Parker; his sister, Lizanne (Andrew) MacKenzie; his nieces and nephews, Rachel, Stephen (Kathryn), Ruth (Gary), Fraser and Annabel; and his canine shadow and best friend, Jessie James. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Kelly and Corinne (“Rinnie”), and sister, Agnes Jean.

Memorial services will be held on July 2 at Federated Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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