Fallen Warriors

Kevin Nealon (Class Of '70) - Class Of 1970



Kevin Anthony Nealon

September 15, 1952 - January 12, 2019

Kevin Anthony Nealon, 66, a lifelong resident of Hampton, Virginia, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2019, after a brave and stoic battle with lung and brain cancer. Born on September 15, 1952, he was a 1970 graduate of Pembroke High School in Hampton. As a young husband and father, Kevin began his career in the heavy marine construction industry with Tidewater Construction Company, where he spent six years working on a variety of projects including the James River Bridge and Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. He then found a home at W. F. Magann Corporation, where he spent 34 years working on and later managing the construction and repair of piers, bulkheads, dry docks, platens, crane rail systems, and utility tunnels – among many others – throughout most of the public and private shipyards in the area. He was especially proud of his work managing the construction of the triple-decker aircraft carrier pier (Pier 3) at Newport News Shipbuilding and managing the construction of the local flood protection system (floodwall) project in Richmond, Virginia, which won national awards. He retired from W. F. Magann Corporation as a General Superintendent in April 2011.

 He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Paul Nealon, Jr.; mother, Claire Bernau; and his son, Ryan Nealon. Survivors include his beloved wife of almost 49 years, Michele “Shelly” Nealon; son, Paul Nealon (Stacey); daughter, Melissa Nealon-Newton (Andy), all of Hampton; granddaughter, Olivia Nealon of Chesterfield County; brother, Patrick Nealon (Ulli) of Onancock; and his sister, Mary Claire "Mer" Nealon of Williamsburg.

 Kevin’s hardworking, driven, and meticulous nature allowed him to not only excel at work, but also at home, where he enjoyed landscaping and maintaining an immaculate yard. He was a surfer, baseball coach, snow skier, builder and fixer of all things, deer aggravator, and former flying squirrel enthusiast. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous grin. He loved nature, animals, music (especially The Wampler Brothers Band), Hershey’s Kisses, and using his split-bubble level for any project, but most of all, he loved his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, inspiring and supportive father, dear brother, faithful friend, and doting “Papa”. 

The family would like to thank the staff, medical team, and neurologist Dr. John N. Livingstone II, M.D. at Riverside Regional Medical Center for their compassionate care and expertise. A service celebrating the life of Kevin will be held at the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home on January 26, 2019 from 2-3 pm, with an onsite visitation immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to The American Cancer SocietyArrangements are by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.




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01/19/19 07:53 PM #1    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)

What can I say about this dear and sweet boy whom I have known since I was 12 and he was probably 11?  I have only the happiest memories of him as we grew up and I spent so much time at his house as his sister Mer and I were such close friends.  All 3 of them, Patrick, Mer, and Kevin are engraved upon my most cherished childhood memories and my heart is broken for all of them including his life long partner and wife, Shelly.  Rest in peace dear one, I know you are rejoicing in the company of your family and friends that have gone before you and you are playing among the angels now and telling so many stories that are making them laugh with joy.

Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier


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