Guest Book

Name: 5 years
Date: 27/11/2012 10:23:25
Hi all,
it's been 5 years since Neil's gone, RIP
you will be always in my heart and i'm thinking as always about Tracy and Danny (Neil's brother)
and their family and Christina, Einat

Name: September 24th, Neil Hope's Birthday
Date: 25/09/2012 17:04:39
Hi All,
On September 24th, it was suppose to be Neil's 40th birthday. Happy Birthday Neil where ever you are and you will be always in my heart



Name: Katerina from Greece
Date: 17/05/2012 15:46:56
You will be missed Neil. Thank you for giving us Wheels....

Name: Anna. M.
Date: 17/05/2012 15:51:24
Watching Neil in every episode of 'Degrassi' was like seeing a flower blooming, he was a fantastic young actor of his time and may he be looking down at us and giving us his beautiful and broad smile. Rest in Peace Neil.

Name: Rachid
Date: 04/04/2012 04:33:12
Thank you Einat for this beautiful website in memory of Neil Hope. R.I.P Neil.

Name: Fabien
Date: 31/03/2012 10:59:53
When Degrassi Jr High (and then Degrassi High) came out in France, I was a teenager and I I could not stop lookin at it, and it happens to me to watch it again now. Wheels is part of this whole memory that accompanied my own development.
Rest in Peace Derek

Name: Mike Malaret
Date: 30/03/2012 11:10:50
Like many a kid in the 80's Neil Hope's characters Griff and Wheels were instrumental in our lives. I loved the struggles Neil 's characters endured and he was an inspiration for me to stop drinking when I was a teenager. I gotta save in a certain way Neil's portrayal of Wheels actually made me look at myself and saved my life. It is heartbreaking to hear that he died over four years ago shoirtly after shooting Degrasssi TNG. We all Miss Wheels and may he Rest in Peace...


Name: Thomas
Date: 28/03/2012 01:03:39
Loved your show! Sad to hear of your passing!

Name: Emily D.
Date: 27/03/2012 00:07:32
I was a fan of the recent degrassi series and decided over the summer to watch Degrassi Junior High online. Obviously Snake, Joey, and Wheels were my favorite characters cause the Zit Remedy was genius. I spent the whole summer watching every episode of Degrassi Junior High and High.

Name: Kimberley
Date: 26/03/2012 16:29:58
R.I.P. Neil.
You are missed. Thanks for "Wheels".

Name: Sarah
Date: 23/03/2012 13:37:53
Neil, you are missed. Thanks for wonderful years of Degrassi.

Name: Tracy Hope
Date: 22/03/2012 15:30:00
Thank you again Einat for the beautiful tribute video. Our family is so deeply touched by your kindness.You too will always have a place in our hearts. ~hugs~

Name: Mandy
Date: 20/03/2012 07:11:31
R.I.P Neil ♥ Condolences to all your family

Name: Ivan Marusic
Date: 19/03/2012 16:57:00
Forever remembered! You touched more lives than you will ever know! Such a great talent, gone too young!

Name: doreen
Date: 14/03/2012 14:39:54
rip neil i loved you in Degrassi Junior High it was one of my fav show as a teenager

Name: Crystal
Date: 12/03/2012 06:48:57
My condolences to Neil's family, friends, and former cast mates. I grew up watching Degrassi and the characters were very real for us fans so we all feel like we've lost a friend too. Rip Neil "Wheels" Hope <3

Name: Janice
Date: 10/03/2012 08:45:57
Neil, you will be missed by many. Glad I had the oppertunity to have met you. R.I.P my friend.

Name: Karla
Date: 08/03/2012 09:23:47
To the Hope family: My thoughts are so with you as my brother died a few years ago under similar circumstances. I hope you stick together through the sad days ahead. Beleive it or not, It will get a bit better someday, best wishes to you.

Name: Karla Blake
Date: 07/03/2012 06:49:16
R.I.P Neil. You wre such a talented young Canadian who never really got his due. Loved your work and I am impressed with the way you tried to help young people. I think you really got what life is about! It's so rare to hear about these days, My condolences to the family.

Name: Dennis
Date: 03/03/2012
Just read about the new today + I am shocked + speechless... Condolescences to Neil's family and friends . Dennis (from Germany) Neil, R.I.P., you'll never be forgotten!

Name: Cathy
Date: 03/03/2012
my condolences to Neils family and friends. I used to love degrassi and Wheels was my favourite....he seemed like a kind soul in real life....r.i.p. Neil (wheels)

Name: Tracy Hope
Date: 02/03/2012
Just want to thank all of you's for all your kind words. It really means alot to our family.

Name: Cherie Mitchell
Date: 01/03/2012
I grew up with the kids from Degrassi on my television. I never meet them but felt I knew them since we went through life's bumps together. I was very sorry to hear about Neil's death.

Name: suzanne lynch
Date: 01/03/2012
man im in shock only find out now i couldnt wait for his show to come on to watch him. R.I.P Neil

Name: Barb Mullie
Date: 29/02/2012
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Neil, and in such sad circumstances. Wheels was my favorite character on Degrassi, a series I watched religiously. Very sad that he either couldn't or wouldn't get help for his health or his demons. My heart goes out to his family and fellow fans!

Name: J.Joseph
Date: 29/02/2012
So very sorry to hear of Neil's passing. You will be remembered.

Name: jean smith
Date: 29/02/2012
One of the most profound life stories...RIP

Name: Heather Chandler
Date: 28/02/2012
I grew up watching Neil on DeGrassi and was so sorry to read online about his passing 5 years ago. He was always my favourite on the show, and his memory will always live on through his work and in the hearts of his friends and family. RIP gone to soon xox

Name: Sharon Mercer
Date: 28/02/2012
R.I.P Neil, God Bless....

Name: Leanne
Date: 28/02/2012
We were so sad to hear about the loss. Our thoughts & prayers and with his family and friends. He was such a great actor. May he rest in peace. Leanne from Australia

Name: Zoe I.
Date: 26/02/2012
The Zits will never be complete again...He will be absolutely missed among all of us who grew up watching Degrassi...RIP Neil..Love to all from Greece

Name: cheryl pellerin
Date: 25/02/2012
Neils sister it's been a rough couple of weeks for our family..thank you

Name: Jess
Date: 25/02/2012
This is such sad news to hear...my thoughts are with his close family and friends. I loved watching Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi Kids on rerun here as a kid in Australia. There are a heap of Australian fans out there, this show ran on repeat for years. Always had a bit of a crush on Neil...I even still have some episodes on VHS. Such a great actor, so sad to see that his life ended this way. I hope you all get the answers you are looking for as soon as possible...

Name: George
Date: 25/02/2012
I remember seeing Neil a few times in the early 2000's. He was working behind the counter at the Money Mart @ King & Dufferin in Toronto. I couldn't believe 'Wheels' was selling me a Money Order. It didn't seem right. . I wasn't aware of his problems. I hope he has found the peace that he could not find on this earth. RIP The Zit Remedy.

Name: Morgan Moser
Date: 24/02/2012
it's been over a week since I heard the news, and i'm still very heartbroken =[ Wheels was my fave character =[ I still can't believe this! I love ya and I'll always miss ya =[ R.I.P. Neil =[

Name: VLM
Date: 23/02/2012
I was saddened to read about Neil's passing and am shocked that it took so long to find out about it. May his loved ones find peace and comfort at this time.

Name: Jeff Goodridge
Date: 23/02/2012
God bless, brother.

Name: Carolyn & Norm & family
Date: 26/02/2012 00:12:25
Love & condolences to all the family.RIP

Name: Jen
Date: 23/02/2012
Rest in peace Neil xxx

Name: Karine from FRANCE
Date: 22/02/2012
Condolences from a French fan of Degrassi High ... My heart goes to your family and friends, Neil.

Name: Sarah
Date: 22/02/2012
Rest in Peace Neil! You will be missed by many!

Name: Heather Browning
Date: 22/02/2012
My condolences to Danny and the rest of Neil's family. I grew up with Neil and have many warm memories. My thoughts are with you ~ Heather ~

Name: mike mcphee
Date: 22/02/2012
bye we will miss you

Name: Douglas Blundell
Date: 22/02/2012
I am a fan, and a family man. My you find peace and rest. Prayers from my family to yours.

Name: Katrina Wilson (Brissette)
Date: 22/02/2012
I met Neil when I lived on Lakshore Blvd. i must have been 13-14 (long time ago) I met him through some friends.We all hung out a few times but i never forgot him I watch all the reruns of his shows with me kids and always tell them how he was never snobby or thought he was better then the rest of us in short he really helped me teach my children alot. RIP wheels u will be thought of often

Name: M-L
Date: 21/02/2012
Devastating news! This Degrassi fan is very sad :( RIP Neil Hope!

Name: andy wielgus
Date: 21/02/2012
my deepest comdolnances

Name: Jenny
Date: 23/02/2012
I was shocked when I found out. I related to wheels the most out of the chatacters on Degrassi. RIP Neil aka Wheels.

Name: Lizzie
Date: 21/02/2012
Thank you Neil. All the Degrassi kids, but especially Wheels, helped make my teenage years a little less confusing and isolating. I was and remain truly sad to hear the circumstances of Neil's death. But he will always be remembered x

Name: lins
Date: 21/02/2012
very sad and strange to hear. I went to high school ESA with Neil - he was a nice person and it is sad to hear of thee way he died.

Name: Tom, France
Date: 21/02/2012
Je ne poste jamais sur le net, on y lit parfois des choses tellement excessives. Aujourd'hui pourtant, en apprenant cette triste nouvelle, j'ai pour la première fois envie de laisser quelques mots, même maladroits ou confus, et participer ainsi à l'hommage rendu à Neil. Je me souviens du plaisir à regarder "les années collèges", je me souviens de Neil dans le rôle de Derek, son expression, et l'humanité qu'il avait donné à ce personnage. Cela parait étrange oui, mais c'est vraiment comme si on venait de perdre un ami , ou un morceau de notre adolescence. Un visage, un regard dont on se souvient avec émotion, car vraiment, tous ces gens de Degrassi ont fait bien plus que de jouer de simples rôles à la télévision, et beaucoup d'entre nous se reconnaissent toujours en eux.

Name: Pauline R
Date: 21/02/2012
I am soooo sorry to hear abou Neil Hope.as i just found out he passed away.i was a big fan of Degrassi junior high,and Degrassi high.i loved wheels.i watched it every day and well lets just say a milloion times.i wonder what happen to Neil.you will be forever in my heart neil.R.I.P.Neil.xoxoxo

Name: Amani, France
Date: 21/02/2012
Que de beaux souvenirs avec cette série.... J'avais 12 ans et je regardais "les années collège" tous les jours. J'aimais bien le personnage de wheels....Merci pour ces beaux souvenirs et repose en paix Neil... RIP

Name: Despina
Date: 20/02/2012
So sad to hear of Neil's passing. May his memory be eternal. I loved his character on Degrassi. One of the best shows of all time (Degrassi Jr. High & Degrassi High).

Name: Kriste
Date: 20/02/2012
I grew up watching Degrassi & I had a huge crush on Neil back in the day. I am sad and shocked to hear about his death. He is missed and will never be forgotten.

Name: Karine from FRANCE
Date: 20/02/2012
I am very sad to hear about your passing, Neil. You will not be forgotten ... I grew up with Degrassi ("Les Années Collège"). My heart goes out to your family and friends.

Name: Vrej M
Date: 19/02/2012
Neil Hope/Derek Wheeler, #1!

Name: Jérémie
Date: 19/02/2012
I grew up with Degrassi ("Les années collège" in France), and all its characters were very close to me. I'm sad to hear about Neil's death and I'm wishing him up there to rest in peace. Many thanks Neil... as well as all of you guys for having a strong influence on an entire generation. Take care.

Name: Mark
Date: 18/02/2012
Neil's spirit lives on with the people he touched, and helped. His work will continue to help! My condolences to his family & friends.

Name: bekky
Date: 19/02/2012
I was shocked when I found out he passed away. I used to watch this show when I was young. Neil was my favorite character. I hope he found peace with God and himself in heaven. My heart goes out to his family.

Name: Lisa
Date: 18/02/2012
Rest In Peace, Neil. Loved you on Degrassi, you always had such a great smile.

Name: Claude Tremblay
Date: 18/02/2012
sorry to hear its sad that there just posting this know

Name: melissa
Date: 18/02/2012
you were one of my fav in Degrassi : the next generation that was my fav show to watch as a kid R.I.P Neil Hope you will be missed alot from every one

Name: Nicki H
Date: 18/02/2012
I Along with many other Canadian teenagers watched Neil on Degrassi High. I can remember being twelve or thirteen and begging my mom to please let me stay up and get to watch my favorite show. Wheels was one of the best characters on the show! Neil's character touched so many lives made us laugh and made us cry. He was and always will be a Great Canadian actor. He will be greatly Missed. R.I.P Neil Hope

Name: Al
Date: 18/02/2012
Rest in peace, can identify with you my friend

Name: Sandra
Date: 19/02/2012
Degrassi was a favorite show of mine growing up. R.I.P. <3

Name: rosa
Date: 19/02/2012
rest in peace neil.

Name: Nathan Webb
Date: 19/02/2012
Horrible news that was revealed with his death. RIP Neil Hope. Wheels was my favorite character on Degrassi.

Name: Ivan Marusic
Date: 18/02/2012
So saddened by your and our loss...I remember watching Neil in The Kids of Degrassi Street and later Degrassi Juniour High to the Next Generation....May he rest in Peace!

Name: Jenny Park
Date: 18/02/2012
We'll all miss you! R.I.P.

Name: Niel
Date: 18/02/2012
Such a sad note to see he's gone. Never knew him or the show(s)...it's just sad and reading more about him makes it even more poignant. RIP bro.

Name: Linda
Date: 17/02/2012
So sad to read today in the paper that Neil died a few years ago without anyone knowing. For me and many kids he will always be remembered as a great actor, never to be forgotten. All the girls thought he was super cute, what a sweet face he had. And I remember even though he had a bright smile he had this melancholic look in his eyes that drew me to his character. I hope he knew how many people loved and respected his acting talent. RIP

Name: Debbie Johnston
Date: 17/02/2012
Neil's and his mom Sharon lived with my dad (JJ) for many years until my fathers untimely death at age 44. I had the pleasure to know Neil through those years. I know the hardships you experienced and this news sadness me. I will cherish the memories I have of you back then and am so happy to have a few beautiful pictures of you and I and dad. My sympathy goes out to your brother Danny and your sister-in-law who is so lovely to dedicated this page in your memory. Sharon, wherever you are you failed as a mother - at least in gods hands he is now safe! Neil....good thoughts of you always, DJ

Name: Debbie
Date: 17/02/2012
Waht a shroud of mystery, I know what alcohol can do to a person, I've seen it first hand. I can relate to everything he said in his bio. It is so sad that he was lost so young.

Name: Michael Coffey
Date: 17/02/2012
Used to enjoy his character on Degrassi.Touched home on alot of the shows where he dealt with different issues growing up.R.I.P.

Name: Angel
Date: 17/02/2012
Totally shocked.....I have known and loved Neil since the age of 9. It's so sad that he didn't have a chance to hear how many of you cared about him. I have always known about the struggles Neil faced and tried my best to be there for him. I will miss him poping in and out of my life the only way Neil knew how too. I will always remember our day spent in the beach and how u always made me WEAK. R.I.P. I will never forget you. :(

Name: angel
Date: 17/02/2012


Name: Cheryl MacDonald
Date: 17/02/2012
I am very saddened to hear of Neil Hope's passing. I was a huge fan of Degrassi growing up and Neil's character was one of my favorites.

Name: Gina Coady
Date: 17/02/2012


Name: Greg Beebe
Date: 17/02/2012
Wheels was one of my favorite characters on Degrassi. Im sad to hear of his passing.

Name: Marissa P
Date: 17/02/2012
Neil Hope touched so many people's lives, I think more than he will ever know. It breaks my heart to hear that his death went unnoticed for so long. I will miss him so very much, and I give my condolances to his family. I will never forget you Neil Hope, "that's what friends are for"

Name: Cheryl
Date: 17/02/2012
I will miss Neil so much. I am sad for his family and all those he left behind. He was a great friend of mine and my husband. RIP Neil. xoxo

Name: Mike Black
Date: 17/02/2012
I feel so bad for all of you. Neil was a great kid. Please pass on my condolences to Danny and Stacey. I feel bad I haven't kept in contact. Life passes by way too fast!

Name: Melanie Simpson
Date: 17/02/2012
RIP Neil. You will forever be missed.

Name: Kim B
Date: 17/02/2012
We have very heavy hearts today after hearing of the passing of Neil aka "Wheels". My sister and I grew up watching Degrassi and it was a family event with even my parents watching every episode with us. My dad drove us to the actual school where it was filmed and that was a thrill. A wholesome show that tackled real life issues of Canadian kids. We thank you Neil for sharing your life with us and we are so so sorry for your loss and are grieving with your family and friends and co-workers from the original Degrassi series! May you RIP!

Name: Rob W
Date: 17/02/2012
RIP!

Name: David M
Date: 17/02/2012
RIP Neil. Your memories live forever with me in the old Degrassi and Kids of Degrassi Street.

Name: Dawn McKinnon
Date: 18/02/2012
Wow! I just finished watching the Degrassi series on Netflix a few weeks ago, and reminiscing on the days when Degrassi played a huge role in my youth. It saddens me to hear of Neil's passing. He will be forever missed by his friends, family and fans all over the world. Rest in Peace Wheels. Xoxox

Name: Kevin Nunes
Date: 17/02/2012
My deepest comdolances to the Hope family. As a fan of Neil, I am deeply saddened about hearing of his passing. May his legacy live on! Rest in peace, Neil, we love you!

Name: Christine
Date: 17/02/2012
It is so sad to hear of the Passing of " Wheels " Neil. I have watched Every episode of degrassi growing up. I was born in "73.. He was such a great actor!!

Name: Diana
Date: 18/02/2012
So sorry to hear of the passing of Neil Hope. Enjoyed watching him on Degrassi. God rest his soul.

Name: Donna
Date: 18/02/2012
He was great on degrassi, his acting was very believable and his character was so interesting, rest in peace

Name: Jenny Haug
Date: 18/02/2012
Just found out... So very sad... He was so well loved by so many Canadians! I grew up watching Degrassi (the best version! The original!!)... RIP Wheels... Neil you seemed such a sweet spirit. So sorry for your family and friends. Will be in my prayers... You legacy will live on in our favourite episodes! Thank you for sharing part of yourself with us! You will be missed...

Name: CSB
Date: 18/02/2012
I"m saddened & shocked at the news of Neil's passing. His character "Wheels" was one of my favourites on Degrassi High. RIP Neil. You were, are & always will be loved by many <3

Name: john
Date: 18/02/2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TzcpolixVk

Name: Larry
Date: 18/02/2012
RIP Wheels

Name: Angie Phillips
Date: 18/02/2012
My prayers are with your family.....Neil was a great actor...loved degrassi alot, he will be missed...

Name: Angie Phillips
Date: 18/02/2012
My prayers are with your family.....Neil was a araragreat actor...loved degrassi alot, he will be missed...

Name: Tia
Date: 18/02/2012
A very sad story. How someone could become so lost.. RIP..

Name: Mike
Date: 18/02/2012
My Condolances to the Hope Family. I grew up watching him and loved the show. R.I.P. Neil

Name: Tami
Date: 18/02/2012
RIP Buddy...gone but never forgotten.

Name: Denise Commanda (Crawford)
Date: 18/02/2012
My deepest sympathies go to Neil's siblings. I am Neil's cousin and unfortunately, since his Grandmother & Mom's passing, have not spoken or heard from the family in many years. I was extremely close to his grandmother and during those days she would speak so proudly of Neil and the rest of his siblings....may he rest in peace. I am so saddened that I am finding out this way and could not have been there for the rest of the family. Please feel free to pass my email address on to the remaining family members...it would be nice to get back in touch with them.

Name: The Ssimard family
Date: 18/02/2012
Bryan,Steve ,Amy and parents send their regrets.Neil was a good friend for years ,and will be missed.

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Date: 18/02/2012


Name: Neil Bamford
Date: 17/02/2012
Very sad to hear the passing of Neil. Wheels was my favorite character on Degrassi, gone but never forgotton R.I.P

Name: wendy B
Date: 17/02/2012
Hoping you have found peace

Name: Scott
Date: 17/02/2012
I grew up watching Degrassi, I really identified with his character.

Name: Diane Redman
Date: 17/02/2012
Rest In Peace Neil, you will be dearly missed by all. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

Name: Jamie Lageman
Date: 17/02/2012
Everybody wants something...They never give up..!!!

Name: Andrea
Date: 17/02/2012
I always loved watching you on Degrassi JH. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Name: Chel Liyah
Date: 17/02/2012
Rest In Peace, you were always a favorite of mine. Lots of love sent to you and your family.

Name: Mariann Krakosky
Date: 17/02/2012
I am shocked at Neil's passing. Sleep well Neil. We'll see you again.

Name: Amanda Rochford
Date: 17/02/2012
I was so sad to hear about Neil's passing. He was amazing. I grew up watching Degrassi and my teenage daughter and I have been watching it on Netflix. R.I.P Neil

Name: Alberto Zuniga
Date: 17/02/2012
I've grown up to the series from Kids on Degrassi aired on TVO to CBC and then moved to CTV. I'm sure like every Degrassi Fan how watching this series helped deal with everyday lives that we can relate to. I personally have been lucky not to grow with the termoil of having achoholic parents, but watching Neil on that show made me see how strong "Wheels" was. He's had his rough patches but he's had that grin where you know he's a fighter. Sad to hear that he kept away from the "degrassi family" but after rewatching the series on Netflick, I can see how a great he must have been. He will be missed by many of his fans. Cheers to you man!

Name: Dee
Date: 17/02/2012
Wheels, sadly missed but never forgotten.

Name: RJ
Date: 17/02/2012
Sorry to read about Neil. Being seven years older I looked at the original Degrassi as memories of my school days. His character, wheels, seemed to be one of the most real ones. He was a rare talent and he is missed.

Name: Steve P
Date: 17/02/2012
I grew up watching Degrassi, and being the same age as Neil, I really identified with his character. R.I.P. Neil....I hope you've found peace, in what appears to be a troubled life.

Name: Tyson Elrick
Date: 17/02/2012
Wow... Deepest condolensces to family and friends of Neil. Loved Degrassi... Neil will be missed.

Name: M J
Date: 17/02/2012
As a kid watching the show you don't realize the struggles the real people behind the characters might be facing. You were a part of all of us... thanks Neil. After all the apparent uncertainty about Neil's whereabouts I am grateful for the family that they have some resolution.

Name: David
Date: 17/02/2012
Joey, Snake, and Wheels forever.

Name: Kerry Carty
Date: 17/02/2012
I grew up watching you.Im so sorry I didn't know sooner.You were a true Canadian and a great actor.Take care up there Wheels.

Name: Derek Warner
Date: 17/02/2012
RIP Neil. Thank you for the positive contribution you've made to the youths of yesterday, and the mark you continue to make on our teens today.

Name: Byrd
Date: 17/02/2012
Rest in Peace Neil. You were missed long before your passing friend.

Name: Jennie Elliott
Date: 17/02/2012
NeiI, I can't tell you how sad I am to hear of your death. I will never forget my teens and watching you, Pat, and Stefan on Degrassi. There will never be another like you. Thanks for the memories. Be at peace xxoo

Name: Kristi
Date: 17/02/2012
I am saddened to hear about your passing. You were a great actor.

Name: Jaimie Marshall
Date: 17/02/2012
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of a darn good guy

Name: Brian T
Date: 17/02/2012
Loved the show Neil was a Big part of it! RIP

Name: Mrs. John Bottomley
Date: 17/02/2012
Even in our darkest hour there is always a light of love that shines. Prayers for eternal and everlasting life.

Name: Devon Dyck
Date: 17/02/2012
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of a great Canadian actor. I loved 'Wheels' in Degrassi series. some of the situations he portrayed in, sure made me look at my own life and opened my eyes. 'Wheels" we will miss you greatly.

Name: Joao da Silva
Date: 17/02/2012
You'll be missed Neil. Such a big part of watching T.V., was watching the 'Degrassi' series. Something we could all relate to as kids. Rest In Peace Neil.

Name: Chris Attersley
Date: 17/02/2012
I grew up watching the show, something from my youth which I still remember today, I am sorry for his family and friends...

Name: Kelli Rideout
Date: 17/02/2012
I'm a big fan of Neil Hope and was saddened to hear of his passing. You were an outstanding Canadian actor and will be missed by all.

Name: Pam Hirons-Kimberley
Date: 17/02/2012
RIP dear Neil. Wheels was my favorite character on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High. Huge tragedy that you were taken from us so soon, but now you are at peace!!!

Name: Anjie in Houston
Date: 17/02/2012
I loved Wheels. He was my favorite character. So sad. : ((

Name: Thomas Hirons
Date: 17/02/2012
You will be sadly miss Neil. I loved you as "Wheels". You will never be forgotten.

Name: Sharron
Date: 17/02/2012
Loved him as "Wheels" on Degrassi. He did an amazing job with that character. You will be missed Neil. R.I.P.

Name: patricia
Date: 17/02/2012
RIP NEIL YOU WERE MY FAVORITE IN THE KIDS OF DAGASSI STREET

Name: Trudy
Date: 17/02/2012
When I think of Degrassi, I think of Joey, Snake and Wheels. These three guys were Degrassi. So sad to hear of Neils passing. I always admired the integrity and complexity that was shown during the tough topics that were tackled on the show. We all know that "Wheels" faced demons as his character in the show and like all of us, I'm sure that he faced his own in his own life. I hope that his family know what a large role that he played (along with the rest of the cast) in so many of our lives. I wish his family the peace in knowing that I am sorry for your loss and his character will live on forever with me.

Name: Shannon
Date: 17/02/2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. Quite Sad at hearing this news. Degrassi was such a huge part of my childhood. Wheels was one of my main reasons for watching. Such a huge crush I had for Wheels growing up. So sad to hear and will never forget the impact you made on my youth. Always remembered

Name: Jason Wynne
Date: 17/02/2012
Will always remember. I grew up watching these guys. Sad news RIP.

Name: Jamie "Peacewalker" Jennings
Date: 17/02/2012
I cannot believe he is gone. Growing up as a kid in Canada, I always used to tune in to watch Degrassi with my sister, every monday night as I recall. I never quite understood the show, or even felt anything from watching it, it just entertained me. My favorite episodes were always the ones featuring the Zit Remedy boys, in particular: Wheels. Neil Hop always had a real light about him. He always conveyed very realistic messages; very believable. As I started getting older, I had forgotten about Degrassi. I went through the rest of public school like any normal kid: Hanging out with friends, doing homework; the usual stuff. When I had finally reached the 9th grade, I knew it meant changes, after all, I was in highschool now. It was around this time that Degrassi Junior High, and Degrassi High were both released on dvd; I had asked for both sets for christmas. It was now that I fully understood the show, and related to the characters, particularly Wheels. I would just like to pay my respects to a true Canadian icon. Neil, who has taught me to be strong in the worst of situations, and also gave me someone to look up to and relate to. May you rest in peace my brother.

Name: patricia
Date: 17/02/2012
RIP NEIL YOU WERE MY FAVORITE IN THE KIDS OF DAGASSI STREET

Name: beckstar78
Date: 17/02/2012
rip neil hope "wheels" a piece of canada died, but lives on in our memories of youth. thank you Neil for growing up with us.

Name: the admiral
Date: 17/02/2012
Neil, AKA Wheels in my heart. You will be sadly missed but forever remembered in the funnel I call my pleasure. In that you will be top ranked at one of the highest levels of consumption and enjoyed time and time again. We will all remember you on the "24th" bud! With deepest regards

Name: Sal
Date: 17/02/2012
I grew up on Degrassi here in Australia and was sorry to read about Neil's passing. May he rest in peace.

Name: Aimee
Date: 17/02/2012
RIP Neil Hope <3

Name: Grant McMullen
Date: 17/02/2012
Very saddened by this news today. Neil, you were a good friend, and I wish we'd been able to stay in touch longer. Thanks for the great memories. Condolences to family, and I hope you're resting in peace. I miss you, buddy.

Name: shelly
Date: 17/02/2012
my condolences to the family. so sad to hear.

Name: Ted
Date: 17/02/2012
I am deeply saddened by this news. Degrassi was a wonderful show, brillisntly written that taught kids values, without being too preachy. Neil did a marvelous job, and he will certainly be missed. Godspeed Neil, we shall never forget you.

Name: S
Date: 17/02/2012
You have helped me think. Your story helped me say I Need Help

Name: Cathy
Date: 17/02/2012
My Deepest sincere sympathy goes out to the family of Neil Hope & to all the cast members of The kids on Degrassi Street,Degraasi Junior High, Degrassi High & to the young people of TODAY who are the next generation of Degrassi high ..I grew up in the Toronto area where the actual Degrassi school is,but it is heartwrenching & alot of heartache knowing that the young man wqhop played Wheels is gone from us. I recall when I was in Toronto, I happened to have the fullfilment, the joy of meeting in person,Neil Hope It was a HONOR in its self to meet such a fine fine actor as Neil was.'May you rest in Peace Neil You are very sadly missd by all of us..

Name: Neil
Date: 17/02/2012
What a shame to hear. I remember never missing an episode. This show reminds me of growing up great show growing up in canada. God bless Neil

Name: del
Date: 17/02/2012
Sry to hear the news.I watched probably every episode when I was younger.r.i.p.

Name: Mike Bresciani
Date: 17/02/2012
I didn't know Neil, but we all loved his character Wheels... it's as if we did actually know him. God bless you Neil, you will be missed.

Name: Michael Juba
Date: 17/02/2012
Was and is a fan , sad to hear rest in peace Neil

Name: Kelly James
Date: 17/02/2012
A young man who made a difference.....a star who didn't know he was one. May we all remember Mr. Neil Hope with grace and dignity. It is what he deserves. Beautiful boy, beautiful man. Forever remembered. Bless you today and always.

Name: Stacey Wilkerson
Date: 17/02/2012
Sorry to hear about Neil Hope passing. Grew up with watching him on tv. He will be missed.

Name: Dianne LeBlanc-Prince
Date: 17/02/2012
I'm so sorry to hear about Neil. I use to be Neil's neighbour years ago. Neil and his brother and I hung out together all the time until my family moved. His family are in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed my many <3

Name: Robert Evers
Date: 17/02/2012
sorry to hear such news of good and loved actor as he was,passing on so young.

Name: Steve
Date: 17/02/2012
Neil, Grew up watching you and the rest of the crew on Degrassi ... you will not be forgotten, my condolences to your family, so young and gone to quick, thank you for bringing the world "wheels" RIP

Name: Derek
Date: 17/02/2012
Joey Snake and Wheels. I grew up with these guys like so many. RIP Neil. You touched many, we never forgot, we will never forget.

Name: Tim
Date: 17/02/2012
Neil, you will be missed. Loved watching you on Degrassi, you will not be forgotten. Everybody wants something!

Name: Steve
Date: 17/02/2012
What happened to him? Why has it taken 4 1/2 years to come public? I think this story needs to be told so Wheels, as well as Neil Hope's story can continue healing people and possibly turn people in the right direction.

Name: Julie Sisk
Date: 17/02/2012
So sad and sorry to hear about the passing of Neil. He by far was my favorite Degrassi cast memeber. I still watch it and I'm 40 years old. My condolences to Neil's family.

Name: Kathy
Date: 17/02/2012
You will be deeply missed, you touched many hearts and for this I am thankful. Rest in peace.

Name: Jennifer Cruickshank
Date: 17/02/2012
Degrassi was such a huge part of my Canadian childhood and I'm sorry that Neil's life was cut so short.

Name: Jessica Lajoie
Date: 17/02/2012
He was my favorite actor on the original Degrassi. RIP.

Name: Charlotte Munro
Date: 17/02/2012
Honoring the memory of "Wheels" through my hefty collection of Degrassi stuff. His character will forever be remembered and will continue to affect the lives of youth from the 80's and the youth of today. Degrassi is still Canada's finest in film and tv with relate-able story lines and characters. Neil Hope is an original emblem. RIP

Name: Sommer Seguin
Date: 17/02/2012
I was a big fan of his Degrassi character, Wheels. This news is very unfortunate, but his memory will live on. Rest In Peace <3

Name: Melissa
Date: 17/02/2012
What a sad loss of someone so young. I liked Wheels all through DJH and DH, even when he wasn't the most likeable.

Name: Mike LaFlamme
Date: 17/02/2012
To those that did not know Neil personally, he was a great kid with a tremendous sense of humour. My brother and I are saddened by the news, but take solace in the laughs we shared with Neil and his brothers. We virtually goofed off through the late 80"s, but had so much fun. Rest in Peace, Neil. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Name: Deborah Lobban
Date: 17/02/2012
I remember Neil fondly, after playing "Doris", the school secretary on Degrassi Jr. High. I am stunned and saddened. He was a wonderful young man!

Name: Andrea Duncan
Date: 17/02/2012
I had the pleasure of working with Neil for about a year and a half. What an amazing guy he is. I was lucky enough to call him my friend for a while. He will be sourly missed. So sad to hear this news. My heart goes out to his family.

Name: Helen Wedgwood
Date: 17/02/2012
I just heard about his passing. I loved watching Degrassi and wondered why I hadn't seen him on any other Canadian programs. He played his character so well, and lives on in many Canadian memories. My condolences to everyone who cared about him.

Name: Bruno Pagliaroli
Date: 16/02/2012
This is so sad to hear I'm in shock what a great show just like my child hood.God Bless

Name: Sarah-Jayne Robinson
Date: 16/02/2012
So sad to hear. I LOVED Degrassi.. Way to young to be gone. My thougths go out to his family & friends( even thought we are finding out later).

Name: Jasmine
Date: 16/02/2012
Wow.. This news definitely hit me hard. Neil Hope was an amazing actor in the Degrassi series. He was one of my favourite characters; it is very sad to see the news of his passing. My heart goes out to Neil, his family, and the Degrassi cast.

Name: Gracie
Date: 16/02/2012
To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die.

Name: Rob (Bobby) MacKay
Date: 16/02/2012
Sad to hear... Neil and I went to school from grade 4-grade 8 we lost touch but you will be missed... RIP

Name: Dee Vant Voort
Date: 16/02/2012
RIP - you will be missed

Name: Suzanne
Date: 17/02/2012
I'm sorry to hear of Neil's passing RIP

Name: Theresa MacDonald
Date: 17/02/2012
Rest in Peace Wheels.

Name: Alan.jespersen
Date: 17/02/2012
I remember Neil Hope from the original degrassi series. there is one episode that I will always remember that featured Neil it's the episode where he finds out he was adopted and goes to meet his birth parents in port hope. Having met my birth parents quite some time ago and how much happiness there family has brought to my life I can definatley relate to that episode. I am sorry to here mr hope seems to have had such a sad life R.I.P. Neil

Name: Keith Munn
Date: 17/02/2012
I briefly met Neil back in the 90's when he came to FHS in Fredericton for a few days. met most of the cast that day!. RIP Dude! you are missed

Name: Jennifer Masters
Date: 17/02/2012
Growing up, it was standard to watch Degrassi. The impact Neil had on the show and the kids that watched him is amazing. He was so brave to portray Wheels while dealing with the same issues in his own personal life. Thank You Mr. Hope for your courage and strength. I pray the angels are keeping you safe now.

Name: Shimon Ohana
Date: 17/02/2012
It was just reported in Israeli news. I'm truely sad, Degrassi was amazing seires and Neil did such a great job as Wheels. Thank you Neil for wondeful memories, I'll always remember you. God bless your soul :'0(

Name: barbara wesbroom
Date: 17/02/2012
i have watched degrassi since i was a teenager when it started and he was my favorite

Name: Sherry MacDougall
Date: 17/02/2012
Farewell to Neil - Griff (Robin) & Wheels (Derek). One of my favorites from all the degrassi cast...

Name: John MacDonald
Date: 16/02/2012
I'm sorry to hear of Neil's passing. Neil and his brother lived with their grandfather across the street from me here in Toronto. Neil was a nice guy and he will be missed.

Name: Nancy Negoro
Date: 17/02/2012
So sorry to hear of Neil Hopes' passing may he R.I.P. Feb 16 12...Sooo sad)):

Name: Michele Maxted
Date: 16/02/2012 23:33:13
‎"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." ~Kahlil Gibran You are missed Neil, but the delightful memories of you as that sweet boy, will forever remain in my heart. xo♡

onelofagirl@yahoo.ca

Name: Laurie
Date: 16/02/2012 23:27:41
So young to have passed away. He impacted alot of teens during his degrassi days. RIP.
lauriefantastic@yahoo.com

Name: Mike 'Dub
Date: 16/02/2012 23:25:33
My favorite character. Always knew there were demons, may you rest in peace.
admin@mikewedin.com


Name: Angela
Date: 16/02/2012 23:25:57
I'm so so sad to hear this news. He and all the actors on degrassi were a HUGE part of my childhood and teen years. I was just going through all my old books, and found the degrassi book "Wheels". I think I'll give it a read, even at the age of 35, the characters always bring me back to a better time. Rest In Peace Neil Hope. You'll always be loved!
angela_peddle@msn.com

Name: Brenda
Date: 16/02/2012 23:26:11
you will be missed
brenda_brodhagen@rpgers.com

Name: Kate B.
Date: 16/02/2012
Rest in Peace Neil. We will always love you!

Name: David
Date: 16/02/2012 23:26:35
Some of the best segments of Degrassi focused on Wheels growing up. Great actor and will be missed. He'll always be Wheels!
davidrossler@hotmail.com

Name: Sean Collins
Date: 16/02/2012 23:27:00
RIP Neil. You were a good soul. We met after I did a "Playing With Time" workshop way back when and I have great memories of our time together while making "Pete Takes A Chance" (Kids of Degrassi), shenanigans around the Mt. Pleasant/Blythwood area and that Easter production
We threw with a bunch of the Degrassi family and neighborhood folks at Tommy Medcoff's Blythwood digs way back when. Makes me smile. Thinking of you and of your family. Much love. Sean
Sa.collins@gmail.com

Name: angie
Date: 16/02/2012
missed you long befor you were gone. Now everyone know that you are gone

Name: kelly gettel
Date: 16/02/2012
RIP Neil...

Name: Allison
Date: 16/02/2012
Sorry to hear about Neil's death! RIP Wheels!

Name: Brendan Hendry from Hamilton
Date: 16/02/2012 22:56:42
When I was 13 I was going through a hard time in school and constantly facing so many struggles. For some reason I stumbled upon Degrassi Junior High. I'm glad I did. It helped me tremendously . It influenced me to become the person I am today.

I always related to Wheels though, and saw a lot of myself in him. Finding out about this is so sad, but I hope he can rest easy knowing he made a difference in someones life. Mine. Nobody will forget you Neil! You made history.

brendansanatomy@hotmail.com

Name: Rick From Chicago
Date: 16/02/2012 22:57:16
R.I.P. Wheels. I loved the episode when your character hitch hiked all the way to Port Hope. classic stuff. You are not forgotten.
info@the3xgp.com

Name: Addie Iaccino
Date: 16/02/2012
I just heard today and I am deeply saddened. I couldn't believe it. Even though Degrassi was before my time, I watched it almost religiously and he was one of my two favorite characters. RIP Neil. :'(

Name: Peter Ramisson
Date: 16/02/2012
RIP Neil Hope. What happened to him? Why is this news only surfacing now?

Name: Ryan
Date: 16/02/2012
Wheels was THE best character on Degrassi. I feel very sad.

Name: Selene Strilesky
Date: 16/02/2012
I worked on Degrassi Junior High, I remember Neil as a respectful kid with a smile. RIP

Name: Kevin Waskul
Date: 16/02/2012
Just heard the news today and wanted to let you know that Neil touched my life when I was a kid growing up in Winnipeg. Degrassi helped me though many get over many bumps in life.

Name: Rob "Derby" Derbyshire
Date: 16/02/2012
Oh, man :( RIP Wheels. A big part of my childhood died today.

Name: Tony
Date: 16/02/2012


Name: Jeff H
Date: 16/02/2012
Rip. Degrassi touched many and always takes me to a special time in my life. thanks

Name: Einat Razin
Date: 07/02/2012
Feel free to write comments. RIP Neil Hope, my thoughts are with your family and friends. Einat

Name: Elisa
Date: 11/02/2012
R.I.P Neil..Please can someone tell me what happened to him??I'm shocked!!

Name: Merissa
Date: 16/02/2012
Rest in peace, Neil. I was so shocked to hear of his passing. I loved his portrayal of Wheels, and Wheels will always remain one of my favorite Degrassi characters. But why did it take so long for the news to be released?

Name: Jessica Leahy
Date: 16/02/2012
I just found out about his passing. My prayers go out his family. RIP Neil. :(

Name: Robert J Wood
Date: 16/02/2012
I am saddened to learn of Neil passing away. His character is and was relatable to some of the struggles I endured. Thanks Neil for the wonderful work and you will be truly missed.

Name: andre regimbal
Date: 16/02/2012
RIP my friend

Name: Joelvis Baxter
Date: 16/02/2012
Rest in peace Neil. Heard of your passing today. My thoughts go out to your family.

Name: Amanda H
Date: 16/02/2012
I was a huge fan of Neil's...he was my favorite character on Degrassi. I am very saddened by the news & my sincere condolences to his family & loved ones.

Name: Hillary Moore
Date: 16/02/2012
So very sad to hear of your passing, sadder yet it comes so late since your passing. May you all find peace and cherish the memories this talented actor made in life.

Name: Mark W
Date: 16/02/2012 23:27:25
Rest easy Wheels. Your character represented the real life of many kids growing up in Ontario during the 1980's. My condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P.
sharonawade@gmail.com

Name: Amanda Bhaggu
Date: 16/02/2012
I cannot believe that Neil Hope is dead. That he has been dead for the past five years. Neil, I am terribly sorry that you struggled in life and wish things could have been different. You deserved to be happy. Hopefully you are now. You will always be loved and never forgotten. With love, Amanda Bhaggu, age 22, Toronto

Name: tanya whittle
Date: 16/02/2012
neil was such a great actor . I watched him on dergrasi growing up. rip Neil Hope

Name: Diane Gibbs
Date: 16/02/2012
This is so sad. Neil was my favourite actor on Degrassi from Day 1. Both Neil and 'Wheels' seemed to have so much more depth than we were allowed to see. I'm so sorry that we've lost him. I was a privilege to watch his work. My sincere condolences to his loved ones.

Name: Tina Hiscock
Date: 16/02/2012
So sorry for your loss.

Name: Marc Wigle
Date: 16/02/2012
Such sad news to hear of Neil's passing. May he RIP.

Name: Andrew
Date: 16/02/2012 23:28:10
Neil,

I am the editor of your guide on TVRage.com and I am also the one who broke the story of your passing.

Although it was hinted to me back in 2009 by Christina, I am saddened that your passing was confirmed to be true.

You were a great actor and I always petitioned for you to have a regular role on the new Degrassi, although that never happened.

I hope you are finally in peace.

andrew@tvrage.com

Name: Deon
Date: 16/02/2012
I must say that I watched Degrassi from the early days and never missed an episode. I am the same age as Neil and he was one of my favorte actors on the program. He will be missed! Nothin sounded better than the "Zit Remedy"!!

Name: Ken McEachern
Date: 16/02/2012
Sad, great memories from my childhood and teens. He will be missed

Name: Debbie
Date: 16/02/2012
I was a huge fan of Neil. Sorry to hear he passed away.

Name: Adam Carr
Date: 16/02/2012
Rest well.

Name: Gal
Date: 06/02/2012 14:22:52
RIP nail you were one of a kind