DAVID RICHARD NEILL March 27, 2015 David Richard (Dick) Neill, 83, died at home in the company and care of his family. Dick was born in Rochester, New York. He graduated from The University of Rochester with a B.S. in Business Administration and earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He married his wife Diane in 1957. Dick always served others throughout his many years. He started his career as a Minister to migrant workers in New York. He served as Pastor at Charlotte (Vermont) U.C.C. Church before moving his family to Hawaii in 1961. He was the Pastor at Kahikuonalani U.C.C. Church in Pearl City from 1961 to 1966. After he left the ministry he worked as Executive Director of Hawaii Council for Housing Action (HCHA) & HCHA Model Cities Housing Development Corporation to build affordable housing in Hawaii (1966 to 1971). He then moved to New Hampshire to work as the Executive Director of the New England Non Profit Housing Development Corporation from 1971 to 1976. Its mission was to help low income families with winterizing homes and developing affordable senior homes. The Neills' realized that they missed Hawaii after living in New Hampshire for 3 years and moved back in 1975. From 1976 to 1978, Dick worked as Chief Clerk of Hawaii, State Senate Energy Committee (Chairman Senator T.C. Yim) on obtaining funding for renewable energies. In 1978, he became a Program Manager at The University of Hawaii's Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) for renewable energy projects such as wind, solar, geothermal, photovoltaic and electric vehicles. He worked at HNEI for nearly 15 years. While at HNEI he also assisted over 20 Chinese students and scholars to study at the University of Hawaii. Dick later formed his own company to continue his efforts on various international projects. From 2000 to 2007 he was a Hotel Manager. He is survived by his wife Diane, his children David, Kathy, Lani, John and Michael, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services in celebration of Dick's life will be held at Crossroads U.C.C. Church on April 18, 2015 at 2 pm (visitation from 1:30 pm to 2 pm, casual attire). In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity such as Church of the Crossroads, Institute of Human Services and Waikiki Health. The family wishes to thank the personnel at Kaiser, Hospice Hawaii and Kalisi for the care Dick received.
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