Neil Bertram Prestwich, 67, departed this life at his home in Fulton, Miss. following a brief
battle with cancer. A lifelong music lover, Neil enjoyed his remaining hours listening to his
favorite vinyl records and the sound of his grandchildren playing around him.
Neil was born on August 4, 1952 in Hockley Essex, England to James and Jean Prestwich. A
seasoned world traveler, he spent his early adulthood hitchhiking across Europe, the Middle
East, and Israel before returning home to England and marrying his longtime friend and
greatest love, Dorothy Mazei Prestwich in 1981. After the birth of their first child, they returned
to the United States, where Neil eventually began a 40 year career as a non-destructive testing engineer working on critical infrastructure sites, such as nuclear power plants and dams across the globe.
While he enjoyed traveling for work, Neil most loved the times spent with his family and friends at home in his backyard, where he was the master of his grill and his stereo, serenading the neighborhood with everything from The Beatles to Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band.
Neil is survived by his wife of 39 years, Dorothy, his mother Jean, and his sister in law Jayne.
He leaves a legacy in his children, David (Laura), Chloé (Bryce), Sarah (Aaron), and Michael
(Kris); his grandchildren, Ben and Emaline Williams, Riley Prestwich, and Anna Katherine
Busby; his nieces Joanna and Kathleen; and his great nephew Thomas; sister in laws; Leslie Johnson and Elizabeth Mazei; brother in law; Lewis Gerald (Lorena) Mazei; and a host of other family members.
He is preceded in death by his father, James, and his brother Andy.