My dad Neal has gone to Heaven
Neal (Cornelius) Hallisey
July 1936 - August 2022
My dad Neal passed away peacefully at hospice, Friday August 5th, 2022. He will be lovingly missed by his wife Mars, sons Corey & Jason (Samantha), his grand-daughter Olivia who was the “Star in his sky”; and his many family members and close friends. Neal was predeceased by his brother Richard.
Neal loved to teach and spent many years as Principal at numerous Kelowna elementary schools. Prior to his principle years in Kelowna Neal and Mars spent a few years as a teaching "team" for the Department of National Defence in Germany. This allowed them to travel & explore extensively at their leisure, having adventures & forming friendships in Europe that last to this day.
Neal LOVED fishing and camping, finding fossils, playing "Geezer Golf", collecting olde books & "treasures he might need one day" at yard sales.
Neal REALLY LOVED the month of February when Hawaii was "home" taking "magical mystery tours" around the Big Island exploring new beaches to snorkel & swim with the turtles.
At Neal's request, there will be no service or flowers.
We give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Dan Obedkoff and Dr. Peter Andrew, as well as the hospital and hospice staff that gave him care and compassion.
Mourning Mira Furlan, January, 22, 2021
Mira Furlan died on January 20, 2021 at the age of 65, from complications from West Nile virus. This is very sad news to hear after a very bad week for me.
I feel fortunate to have had the honor & pleasure of meeting Mira back in 2011 at the Comic Expo here in Calgary, Canada, and attended the talk she gave here about her career. I wish I could find a recording of her talk.
She was so kind and giving with her time with the fans, and we had great fun in our photo op! In my chat with her, I mentioned to her that my given name was Cornelius. She liked the name Cornelius so much that she personalized her autographs to me with it and said I should use it in my everyday life rather than Corey. I'm so sad that she has passed beyond the rim. I hope we meet again in another life. When I watch a sunrise, I will think of you Mira.
Here are 2 lovely readings by Mira (from her website).
Here are some other tributes to Mira from her Babylon 5 co-stars (harvested from the Internet today):
From J. Michael Straczynski
From Bruce Boxleitner
Stan Lee's Passing
|Stan Lee and I, April 29, 2012|
Stan was so great with the fans. In that short 15-30 seconds you had with him at his autograph table, or in a photo op, he really made you feel special. After giving Stan the first book in 2012, he emailed me the next day, thanking me. "Clever as hell and really well done." And the following year, he thanked me again for Issue #2. Stan really knew how to make fans feel fantastic!
I have the book, photo, and his email framed in a place of honour in my home.
See you in the next multi-verse Stan! Thank you for so many years of Excelsior!
PS: Thanks to my friend Russell interviewing me this morning about Stan. Here's Russell's blog post about Stan's passing.
Photos from Calgary Comic Expo 2017
- Adrian Paul (Christopher Lambert was also supposed to attend, but cancelled). Got my Highlander katana scabbard signed.
|Highlander and Highlander fan!|
- Colm Meaney - Miles O'Brien from Star Trek. Signed an iso-linear chip replica
|Set phasers to FUN!|
- Peter Capaldi - Dr. Who - the 12th Doctor. Signed his sonic screwdriver.
|Me pretending to be the Doctor's Sonic-mechanic (hence the Corner Gas shirt)|
- Shawn Wallace, best known for his role in the Princess Bride, but also well known in the Star Trek world as Zek, the Grand Nagus of the Ferengi! He was an absolute joy to meet and I had a couple of great conversations with him. Signed a replica Grand Nagus stuff that I built, and also signed a bar of gold-press-latinum!
|The Grand Nagus and I! It was so great to meet Shawn.|
Photos from Comic Expo 2016
|Brandon Routh - Superman from Superman returns, and Atom from Arrow / DC Legends of Tomorrow|
|Peter Mayhew, a.k.a. Chewbacca from Star Wars! He's 7'3"!|
|Clark Gregg - Agent Coulson from Avengers, Agents of SHIELD|
|Connor Trineer - "Trip" from Star Trek Enterprise|
|Garret Wang (Harry Kim) and Robert Duncan McNeill (Lt. Tom Paris) from Star Trek Voyager|
|Getting mugged by the Malfoy's!|
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) from Harry Potter.
|Karl Urban (Dr. "Bones" McCoy from the new Star Trek movies)|
Some wisdom from a wonderful piece of cinema
Photos from the 2015 Comic Expo