Hal Leroy Neat, 64

SSA employee

May 10, 2007

Hal Leroy Neat, a Social Security Administration worker who had been active in a youth swimming program, died of cancer Monday at his Columbia home. He was 64.

Mr. Neat was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Ore. He served in the Air Force in communications from 1960 to 1964.

Mr. Neat was working in communications at what is now Syracuse Hancock International Airport in New York when he moved to Columbia in 1976.

He was in the Division of Integration and Environmental Testing at the SSA's headquarters in Woodlawn. He retired in 1999.

Mr. Neat enjoyed cutting his lawn and those of his Columbia neighbors.

"It wasn't a business. He liked working outside and seeing a well-cared-for lawn," said his wife of 40 years, the former Anna Marie Tana.

For 23 years, Mr. Neat volunteered as a timer and starter for the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League until stepping down in 2000.

He was a fan of John Wayne and liked watching his movies, Mrs. Neat said.

Mr. Neat was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are a son, Hal J. Neat of Baltimore; two daughters, Cynthia M. Neat of Columbia and Marie Neat Meakin of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Mary Ann Hibma of Springfield, Ore.; and three grandchildren.

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